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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 10:43

Yes, I take it back - Angus looks bad down south, but nothing here other than gusty blowiness and drizzle despite all the warnings.  

Hope the seamen on the the ships are ok. 

BL, I remember when we moved to Suffolk when I was a small child.  We moved into a dilapidated very old farmhouse - our one cat (Socks) was almost overwhelmed by the task but he set about it assiduously - at one time he had two mice in his mouth at once.  My granny came to stay with us to help out over the move - she said that one night in bed she felt something and woke to see a mouse run across her chest!  Fortunately she was made of stern stuff and it didn't faze her at all   However it was a topic of conversation at Christmas visits for years to come.

white flies

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 10:33

 I don't use washing up liquid - just a sprinkle of salt in the water will kill them if you want to add something.  

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 10:26

That's a shame Aym - you'd be missing out on a bargain.

Here's a video of Monty Don planting what might appear to be a bundle of dead sticks 

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 09:23

Perhaps T&M should consider doing some education for its customers - photos on the catalogue/website of exactly what the buyer can expect to receive and an explanation of how selling dormant bare root works. 

Think GW magazine did an article about it one winter, but it probably bears repeating.

Pretty sure there's a feature on the website. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 09:16

I think they must do Chicky. Not a lot of hope for us ever seeing Storm Zebedee. 

Although i do recant a bit about Angus, it seems to have been bad in Devon 

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 09:09

I'm sorry Aym, we'll have to agree to differ. I've been buying bare root roses, trees and soft fruit plants since 1970. What the OP has received is exactly what I'd expect to receive. 

The reason why bare root plants can be sent out during the winter, and only through the winter, is because they are dormant - ie. not growing. In this state they can be in cool storage conditions for weeks as long as the roots are slightly damp,  if the planting site is frozen or under snow or water. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 08:59

I think they're setting the bar too low Obelixx. Yes there are some bad storms that do damage, but they seem to be naming what used to be just 'bad weather'. 

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 08:44

Aym it doesn't take any special skill for dormant roses to 'be brought back to life'. its what happens to all rose bushes and other deciduous plants every year. It's called Spring. 

Just plant them. 

The ones that might not make it are the ones that have not been kept in cold conditions and have got leaf buds on like yours. They'll need a bit more tlc

Last edited: 20 November 2016 08:50:18

Camassia in pots?

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 08:23

I grow mine in the ground. In your case I'd leave them in the tunnel for the winter to protect the roots from getting too frozen as they're in pots. Normally they're perfectly tough. They don't need sunshine until they start growing flower spikes in the spring. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 08:16

We've got all the rain Pat. None left for anyone else 

My smilies have reappeared 

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