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B&M Bulbs

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 19:57

Sounds pretty good to me - assuming they are all in good condition without mould etc.  Too early for dahlias outdoors, but could plant in biggish pots if you wanted to.  Never had much luck with freesias, but at that price it is well worth a try.  The brodilaea and anemones will almost certaibly come back, and even if the rest don't, still a good buy - enjoy.

too much cottage garden self seeding!

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 15:43

How gloriously wonderful!! Wait awhile, you should the be able to see what is flowers and what is weeds, though they may be flowers as well, just not ones you want - pull out what you don't want. Let some of the ones in what seems to be strange places do their thing, you often get incredible results of beauty like that - you can always get them out later if you don't like the effect. Maybe ask some local gardeners/friends if they'd like what you don't want?  If they know they day you are doing the thinning, maybe they could take the baby plants and grow them on?



Overwintered failures

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 16:21

We don't have any luck with autumn sowing either, think it is too dark for far too  long this far north, early spring sowing in the greenhouse works a great deal better for me - oh the garlic has come up however, that's about it. 

nerine bowdenii

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 16:19

up against a wall, fence, large stone or something that holds the summer heat (assuming we get any this year), they just will not do in my garden, too rich and too moist - especially after last year. 

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 16:17

It is a joy to ee that I am anything but alone in my detestation of dusting and such like - what a waste of time it is!! There are gardening books to read, catalogues to examine, anything except housework - and soon there will be real outdoor gardening to do (did get some outside at the weekend), and we need to nurture our energies for that - not waste it on dusting and other disgusting persuits!


Posted: 04/02/2013 at 16:14

There is a poppy with jagged edges like that alled Turkestania - or something a bit like that!  Maybe google red poppies and see if you recognise it among the offerings you get there? 

Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 18:39

....  or for the rest of the planet!! Luckily there is room for us all, organic and otherwise.  I do know that since I stopped using any non-organic anything in my garden about 12 years ago, the difference in the numbers of insects, birds, & happy plants has to be seen to be belived.  That is not to say that the occasional use of something less delightful has not happened, it has, twice in the last 12 years, lily beetle gets excluded from all kindly thoughts, but natural must `i feel be best for nature. 

Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 10:31

Birds very busy and active around the feeders, especially the robin who would like tthink that one of the feeders is especially for him, and him alone!  (It could be her of course, but his attitude is testosterone flavoured!) We had a small cloud of long tailed tits yesterday.  Where do they go afterwards, and how does something that small survive these bitter nights?  Our beech hedge is a highway for all birds (and the fox at night), but at least the squirrels have gne to sleep for a short while.   Will have to go down and deal with the fruit cage, forgot to take the top netting off earlier in the year, so self inflicted injury I'm afraid.  More snow forecast, no more than a couple or three inches at present, but very hard freeze. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 15:57

Temp not risen to freezing today, now the snow has started - lets hope not as much as they forecasters are suggesting, however the sky does look rahter full of it.  Need to keep close eye on fruit cage, lost one a few years ago from not taking the snow off the top - too expensive to play that game again - so far so good.  Birds very busy around feeders from now untl dark, then again in the morning - keeping water liquid is a problem, freezes as soon as you leave it, or the steam stops coming off.  anyone know of a product that helps with this? 

Keep warm everyone and take care of ypurselves on the roads and paths.  

weather and plants in pots

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 12:37


Many, many of our over 400 pots freeze solid year on year, and a very tiny number of the plants come to any harm.  Those which do are usually ones I was tempted by rather too late in the season and they have not grown strong enough roots to stand the bitter cold.  We have trees, shrubs, perennials etc in pots, also many lily bulbs which are currently frozen solid - and they will all do well and come up smiling in Spring or Summer depending on their type.  Over 70 hostas freeze regularly, it's the pots I have to be concerned about, not the plants.  WE have ebbn gardening here with the frosts for  16 years, and always with huge numbers of pots. Provided they are not too wet when they freeze - and even then as often as not - plants survive being frozen very well.  Remember winter 2010 -11? Temperatures down to -17 here in this garden, very little succumbed, a few things were cut hard back, even the potted clematis shrugged it all off.  Expect the best, ensure the plants are strong and healthy with very good root systems, and the huge majority will survive unscathed.  For the tiny number that don't, well, every dead plant is a new planting opportunity is it not?

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