Bookertoo


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should it be in leaf yet?

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:45

Besides, although Helcatt is right (wonderful name!), would you have wanted to come through earlier this year?  Give them time and patience, if they have survived they will show soon. 

germanation

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:44

So much depends upon what you sowed, in what, what size seeds, whether the weather has been light or dull - that can really be a 'how long is a eice of string' question.  Germination takes as long as it does!  Some primulas can take up to 2 years, some annuals 3 days, wait - if the seeds were viable they will germinate in their own sweet time, if they are slightly warm (too much warmth stops them), dampened (not wet), & there is light - nature will get on with her job when she feels like it.  Enjoy when they do come through.   Not to depress you, but sometimes you do get seeds that just don't, I find sweet peas can be funny - sow 4  types, 3 come and the 4th not - there's no accounting for it - that's the joy of gardening!

Metal obelisk or willow wigwam for sweet peas?

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:39

Indeed as Obelixx says, the willow will look great with your sweet peas, and last about as long!  Metal lasts longer, how long depends upon what you paid for it in the first place, and of what it is made - but there is something special about organic support for beautiful flowers like sweet peas - either way the flowers should hide it virtually completely so it probabaly won't matter anyway - except to you of course.  

For whom do we garden .............

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:37

Near the back door, where it could be seen from the window where I use my computer, I had a pot of gorgeous yellow crocus.  Just to cheer up the day when it was grey and dull - or so I thought.  First the birds came and removed and presumably ate, all the bright golden petals.  Then came the squirrels, who dug up the now denuded bulbs, and ate those - I watched them holding them as a hamster does a peanut!!  I am left with a pot of dull brown compost with a few root systems in it to support - nothing!!  Remind me, why do we garden - and for whom ...........?

New and having problems

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:35

Reckon it's a Friday afternoon job then!! No-one there to look - pity, hope it gets sorted for you all soon. 

Unusual Cowslip seeding

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:31

Primulas will do these sort of things - basically, keep it if you like it, pull it out if you don't - can't stop bees doing their thing - thank goodness!

New and having problems

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:29

Welcome, though I am sorry to say I cannot be of any help to you with your IT issues, I assume you've tried the 'settings' button top right of this page?  If that doesn't help maybe contact the web site?

Anyway, welcome to the site, lovely to have new people join it the chats.  

Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:26

Lavender and roses - yummy - can we really believe that is going to happen?

Seedlings in greenhouse

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:25

At this time of year you get tiny little black and green keel slugs in the greenhouse, they are a bigger problem than any other slugs in the garden  -  they are very picky about what they eat - usually the most expensive or precious things you have!!  As someone else says, nothing else leaves that slime trail - keep looking, they are there, probably under the top inch or so of the soil/compost, under leaves - hiding away to destroy where they can.

Cloche/mini greenhouse made out of bubblewrap

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 15:22

If you use bubble wrap alone it will keep out alot of light, and we are now at the time of year when as much light as possible is needed for your plants.  Try the builders merchants if you have one near you, for someheavy weight clear plastic, sold by the metre, then fix it with strong parcel tape or duck tape.  It is worth putting bricks or something on the ground bars it to stop it blowing away, or use the pegs sold for rose arches to fix them to the ground.  If you have a hedge or strong shrubs nearby you can tie it to those with good string. 

Mind, if you spend that much on it, you might want to wait and save up for s small cloche or tiny greenhouse made of wood or aluminium - some are not expensive if you add up all the bits you might need to keep the one you have grounded and watertight.  

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