David K

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Thought for Lyn

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 18:49

Lyn, I've read your recent posts regarding your Pa's final weeks & days with much admiration and sadness....I'm sure not many of us could have faced that situation with such strength and fortitude.

Take care.

Tulip Spade Monty!!??

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 11:45

Back to the 'Tulip spade'......didn't see the program, but it hasn't gone unnoticed, the vast array of gimmicky tools on display at Longmeadow..... and indeed the number if threads here, asking where they can buy them.......doh!!!

I've no idea (or want to know) the practices that operate at Mr D's place, but am familiar with what took place at Clack's Farm when Arthur Billitt hosted GW from there. All of the greenhouses were freebies from 'Alton', as were most tools, seeds (always Suttons) and other items.

Call me a cynic, but it does sometimes amaze me how gullible we, the GPP are.   

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 10:54

 My pink camellia, 'Water Lily'...standing 10ft tall with hundreds & hundreds of blooms.


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 12:29

Buxus have a shallow root system without a taproot..... having said that, I would imagine keeping them watered & fed in six inches of soil would be a pain, especially during the summer.

Time to clip is early June, old gardeners used to recommend Derby Day as a memorable reminder.

Monty Don's box hedging at Longmeadow is a good example of clipping at the wrong time.

Best seed compost?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 11:34

JI for me too, but it does vary a little, depending on the quality of the loam used.


Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:58
Aster2 wrote (see)

Will do, David K, thank you very much on behalf of my seedlings!


You're welcome.....hope I don't sound bossy, I just want everyone to succeed .

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:57

They're looking healthy, GD.....I see the Sugar & Spice are starting to creep towards the edge of their pot.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:37

Aster - much depends on the weather and just how warm your windowsill has been. For certain they need to be hardened-off to stop the leggy growth......perhaps put them into your mini greenhouse during the day & bringing them back indoors overnight, for say a week. Then, as I suggested earlier in my message at 17 27.


Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:34

 These SP seedlings are about 4 months old and haven't had their growing tips removed yet. 

Sweet peas are hardy (very hardy),,,,,,they react to artificial heat by growing spindly & weak......PLEASE DON'T CODDLE!!! 

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 17:27

I'm going to be boring again  Sown a couple of weeks a go in the right temperature the seed shouldn't have even poked through yet.

Alas, we are where we are. The tubes are quite deep enough to last until planting out time without any re-potting.....if you try they will just flop over and it will be difficult to revive them. Pinch out the growing tips of those with a couple of pairs of leaves......then put them into your mini plastic greenhouse, door open all day & closed at night......outside during the day on sunny or mild days.

With hindsight, best the seed be allowed to germinate in the plastic greenhouse. 

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