Latest posts by BrummieBen

Hmm is this year going to be like the last?

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 09:55

Last couple of years we have had it very warm in march, ie 20+ for a couple of weeks, then cold and lots of rain. Looking at today's weather, is it more of the same? I hope not, last year all my onions and garlic (well 95%) bolted by june (  It's making me even more anxious to try and get the hard landscaping work finished. My soil is clay and pebbles!! So as soon as it gets wet, it's a nightmare to work with.

Fork Handles

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 08:49

I bought some tree lillies 2 years back and planted 3 per 14" pot, come up lovely, have now sorted my border and fencing so they were shifted last november to the border. Just remember to add plenty of grit under the bulbs and you should be fine. They didn't need staking and aside from one lily beetle I saw and crushed, trouble-free. Good Luck.

commpost heap

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 08:42

could also be cats pee lol!!! But I would concur with GG :P

Fork Handles

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 07:32

Morning Forkers, was unable to get back to the forum yesterday, but did manage a good 5 hrs digging! Boy do I feel it today!!! I did manage to take some pictures beforehand and I shall take some more today. It's forcast dry for next few days, I think is the longest we've not had rain or snow for about a year. The soil is finally dry enough to dig and be sieved, so the body ache will have to take a backseat while I crack on. The only downside is I have the 4 year old and 21 month year old all day today and tomorrow, I forsee lots of shouting ahead!

The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 12:37

one more week to go!

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Posted: 01/03/2013 at 12:35

Word of warning Bunny, don't go holidaying in Malta!! The national dish on Malta is fenek, rabbit, usually served in a garlic and red wine sauce.

A bulb for all seasons

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 12:27

A very tough assignment, mainly due to the amount of space in the pot, the dormant bulbs will still be taking up space therefore the ones flowering will not be able to be planted so closely. This is the reason most people plant up pots for spring and then pots for summer, you can simply lift the spring bulbs after they've flowered and the folliage has died back, store them for autumn then plant your summer bulbs in the same pot.

Fork Handles

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 11:28

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch , is all I have to say today Finally back from the dreaded shopping, maybe I can get on with something now! Morning everyone.

MOB rants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 00:31
Palaisglide wrote (see)

My rant Gardening Grandma is being named as some one else.

Gardening Grandma wrote (s

Derek, I live just down the road from the REME. My mother worked there during the war (before your time, of course) though I'm not sure what she did.



Did you mean FRANK as Derek did not mention REME. We had women office workers as well as civvy fitters plus women cooks so we got a lot of Cawl and Barra Brith, hot cold with custard or butter on and cooked into bread pudding with left over Naafi cake, not the Cawl.
My wife dragged me to see Max Boyce and I ended up with records and video's, he reminded me of the cheeky Welsh Humour. And probably a dark haired Welsh girl, well I never forgot her did I.


No one forgets welsh girls.. for better or worse.. trust me I've had my share, I settled on someone completely different, couldn't be happier.

Those lovely 'perenial' foxgloves being touted

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 00:18

excellent, I'll be buying both sorts, there is the pink and the gold, be nice if we can keep up to date with these 'miracles' lol! More to the point, come autumn, can we get more plants! Look forward to seeing the results. regards

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anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
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So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

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This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

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