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Posted: 19/09/2013 at 07:31
Talking of parcels .... My burncoose one arrived yesterday - and you were right Verdun, i was not disappointed. Lovely big healthy plants. Very excited by my new thalictrum hewitts double - was captivated by it both at Sussex Prairies and Wisley a week later. (And won't mention the WS for fear of being accused of gloating - lets see if i can keep them alive first).

On a train (again) - but earlier than usual so this is a seriously miserable hardened commuter one. Wonder what they would think if they knew i was talking gardening, rather than landing that next big deal!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 22:13

Hi Lizzie - must be nice to be home.  Did you enjoy Sussex Prairies ??

Moving Roses

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 21:24

I would wait til the leaves fall off and they are fully dormant - probably some time between November and March.   That is the period when the rose companies send out their bareroot plants.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:51

Mrs G - its not flowering now - it starts mid July and goes on for a few weeks - so a distant memory now !  Sorry, haven't got pictures - it is a sort of pink, but a bright magenta type (bit like the bright pink cosmos) rather than baby pink.  That suits me, coz I like pink (having two little girls got me indoctrinated!).

Panda - you are self aware, and trying to take steps to help make things easier - that is a really important thing, and you should be proud.  I know what you mean about weekends - but even having a walk outside at lunchtime can sometimes help break a day up.  I have found being a gardener makes me far more aware and appreciative of outside - you notice things that other people simply walk by, or don't hear. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:33

Mrs G - I have an Ernest Markham and it is lovvvvely !  Its one of the ones you chop down to the ground (well leave about 6 inches of stem) every spring, then it grows enough to smother a wigwam every year. 

Planting Lupin seeds

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:31

Hi Susan  - I've grown lupins from seed before, and did as Nut suggests.  I sowed in Feb/Mar in a windowsill propagator, then pricked out into trays in the GH (covering them everytime frost was forecast, because my GH is unheated).  I eventually had plants big enough to plant out in June, and got flowers in about August.  That was 3 years ago and they are stil going strong !

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:17

Well that's my cover blown

As you can see, I was posting on here at the time


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 08:58
Gilly - sun must have skipped Devon and headed straight for the home counties - its shining here now


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 08:56
On a train too Stacey, bound for Oxford Circus today. Go carefully and try and give your back a rest.
Panola sounds like something you should have for breakfast but will keep my eyes out for them - my violas too an age to get started this spring , although they made up for it in summer flower power.


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 06:42
Hi Dove - damp here too, but meant to clear up. My crocus order was picked up yesterday (oh works down the road) and Burncoose are delivering today, so i have a bag full of bulbs for my pots and a few things to get in the ground this Sunday. All v. Exciting!

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