Carol Thomas

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Begonia tubers

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:13

Thanks Geoff - better put my glasses on when I do it next then!

It'll be interesting to see how many actually take.

Gardening is a very late and enjoyable hobby for us but the creepy crawly bits really do pot me off!

Begonia tubers

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 01:22

Job done!  Lost four of the seventy two which I wrapped up.  One had a very large grub inside and the other three had crumbled into a rusty coloured dust.  Was that par for the course or could I have avoided those problems?

Has the size of the corm any bearing on its later flowering because some were as big as my fist and others no bigger than raspberries?

Begonia tubers

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 17:23

Cheers Rosa, will do.


Begonia tubers

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 16:57

Must have danced around my handbag to that!!

I've just checked some of them.  They look perfectly healthy but are still totally dormant so I've taken them into one of the spare bedrooms to warm up a bit.

I may regret asking this but why do you squeeze them?

Begonia tubers

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 14:38

They are still wrapped up in newspaper in the utility room at present.  It's cold enough in there never mind outside!  Think I'll be guided by you guys and leave them be until I see shoots then start to bring them on, before putting them outside. 


Thanks once again for your advice.

Begonia tubers

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 13:28

Just went to get peat compost (which of course is no longer available) to lay my begonia tubers in.  Lady in garden centre recommended multi purpose and said not to bother with bringing them on in trays.  Providing I had sheltered spot (underneath a leanto canopy?) to plant them directly into their baskets!


I haven't checked on them since before Christmas and assuming they are okay I'm soooo tempted rather than plants on every spare bit of space in every room.  What do my mentors think?

Snow damage to Summer flowering evergreen MAGNOLIA

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 00:20

Thanks Flowering Rose.  Will I damage the tree by trying?  It seems such a shame to spoil the shape.  If we do saw the branch off do we have to treat the open tear on the main trunk? 

Snow damage to Summer flowering evergreen MAGNOLIA

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 15:16

I have a beautiful evergreen ummer flowering magnolia (planted in the wrong place but surviving) but the weight of the snow on one of the branches has pulled it away from the main trunk.  My husband wants to simply saw it off but I wonder if there is any way to save it?  It has pulled about a foot from the main trunk and I presume will also be vunerable to frost.

Could we bind, or gaffa tape it back to the main trunk?  Would this help to protect it?

Any thoughts would be gratefully received.



Posted: 30/11/2012 at 13:04

Brilliant idea.  Thanks Nutcutlet.



Posted: 30/11/2012 at 12:46

Thank you both so much for your help.  Another lesson learned!  I have also just looked up biennial, which I always thought meant flowering twice a year! 

I was quite looking forward to some pots with some colour in them during the winter! 

Apart from pansies (and the dreaded ivy) is there anything else that I could plant now in a couple of sheltered pots and baskets?

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