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Posted: 20/01/2014 at 11:38

Yes, sorry Lily, I realised I'd told half a story so edited and added a bit quickly not realising it had already been read - absolutely no problem, nothing for me to get upset about ((hugs)) 


Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:48

Yes Lily, it was the Tower 


Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:45

BL, - the hotel could have been pricey, but we booked it on  and it was one of the Top Secret ones, where they they tell you all about it and where it is etc but not which one it is until you've booked - we paid approx £90 for a luxurious double room overlooking Tower Bridge and St Katharine's Dock and all the yachts etc ..... bargain!!!

Still a lot of money for us in the grand scheme of things, but it was a treat for both of us as Christmas had been difficult with Pa being rushed to hospital - and my brother's off abroad for 4 weeks from tomorrow so I'll be doing all the parent visiting etc, - think it was well worth it as a one off.

Rose ID

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:41

Sorry, unless we can clearly see the form of the bloom we can do nothing except make a guess - maybe we'll have to wait until it blooms again.  

But don't let lack of identification hold you back from pruning and potting on as I suggested, end of Feb/beg of March I think this year, as we must be due some cold weather soon. 

Flies in compost

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:39

Perfectly normal - they'll be fruit flies and compost gnats and they're helping with breaking down the vegetable matter.  

Do I plant my biennial bellis daisy out or keep it inside?

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:36

Think I'd pot them up individually now and harden them off when the weather improves (after the cold snap we've been promised/threatened with). Then you can plant them out when spring arrives properly.

They would normally be hardy but they've been protected and will be a little soft - can't see why they won't flower.

Thanks everyone

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:02

I have a huge cooking and gardening bookcase Tracey - it is stuffed full of cookery books (top half) and gardening books, notebooks, magazines, and printouts (bottom half).  It has a tin with plant labels in it and another tin with secateurs and snips in it (it's by the back door) it has drawers in the bottom with packets of seeds in it (and my camera) and on the top of it are tins with partially used packs of seeds in them, fibre and root-grow tubes and some nest boxes for which we have not yet found an appropriate site (need more shrub and climber cover - this is a new garden).

The notebooks are in the bookcase ....................... somewhere 

Thanks everyone

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 09:48

Isn't this lovely  - coffee anyone? 

I've got several notebooks - this year's resolution .... combine them into one logical version and remember where I've put it 

Rose ID

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 09:45

I can't find a crimson/dark pink single or even semi-double bush-type rose on the DA website, and although the photo isn't clear the flowers don't look single to me

At a wild guess it might be Darcy Bussell but that is just a guess, based on colour, habit and the fact that it's recommended for containers. 

Prune as for English roses instructions here - as we've not had a cold snap yet I'd wait until  the end of Feb/early March this year.  Prune the older growth a bit harder than the young growth.

 I would also repot it at the same time, using John Innes No 3 - make sure the draining hole isn't blocked.  

New to gardening. Need some advice

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 08:43

Lots of info on this thread

Good luck and keep us informed of how it's going 

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