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Latest posts by Bookertoo

Hosta's

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 22:57

I used to grow my hostas only for the leaves, but the later ones have good flowers too - and some are quite well perfumed.  The bigger flowers I now leave on, but do remove some of the older more wishy washy ones so they can concentrate on the lovely foliage. 

Iris reticulata not flowering

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 22:56

The birds seem to love the purple petals of many flowers, especially reticulata and polyanthus!  Maybe they think it will make them more brightly coloured when they are in the breeding season - especially the blue, great and coal tits who seem to especially like the purple flowers!!

Electrics in a Greenhouse

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 15:21

Yes, the cable was run through an old hose pipe, buried around 8 inches down, through the lawn, under the hedge and through flower beds, to end up around 30 foot from the house, ending in a double socket.   The switch and box are indoors in the kitchen, and a hole was drilled in the wall for the cable to pass through.  It is buried deep enough that - so far - it has never been dug up or hit with a spade.  I don't dig my garden at all except for planting, and i know where the cable is.  This has now been in place for around 12 years, and works very well to date. 

solomans seal

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:14

Would you if you could avoid it, in this cold?  wait, they will appear!

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 15:59

Lazy winds indeed KT, in which case why don't they go and have a nice lie down and leave us alone!!!  

Even the birds have given up and found somewhere warmer to hide out. 

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 13:48

Brrr, it is bitterly cold this morning here, but nothing in comparison to those temperatures Obelixx!  It feels colder than the freezing it is because of a very sharp wind that goes straight through instead of the long way round you!  It is now raining as well - feels like a day to stay indoors, watch the birds as they - in spite of the cold - examine the nest boxes, and admire the blue and purple reticulates which are cheering up a couple of pots. 

When can I start sowing ?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:51

Too Late? I shan't start sowing much for a good few weeks yet - there are a few things indeed, such as sweet peas for now, broad beans and so on, but the majority not until life warms up a bit yet. 

So many frosts

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:49

Normal frosts for this time of year, i.e. most nights  - which is why we don't plant outside for a good long time yet!

Abutillon

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 19:49

It's really far too cold for aubutilon outside.  I've grown mine in pots for years, they et brought into the cool greenhouse in October, depending on the weather -and never go out again until April.

Seed tray help

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 16:50

Never heard of the cinnamon tip, and imagine the wonderful small in the greenhouse - Christmas all year.  Will certainly try that one, thank you Edd.

Discussions started by Bookertoo

watch out, watch out ……..

…… lily beetle about 
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Last Post: 23/04/2015 at 15:38

Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
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Last Post: 20/02/2015 at 16:37

Happy seasons greetings to all

Be joyful 
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Last Post: 25/12/2014 at 17:25

squirrels and their cleverness

the unending bane of my life 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 20:49

Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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Last Post: 29/06/2013 at 13:46

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

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Last Post: 22/04/2013 at 15:08

frosted lilies

any advice? 
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Last Post: 07/04/2013 at 17:13

out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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Last Post: 04/03/2013 at 22:43

bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Last Post: 01/11/2012 at 08:55

Hazel nut queries

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Flippin' pigeons

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