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Posted: 05/11/2014 at 12:08

Hi Caroline

This happened with some of my foxgloves last autumn - I think it's the damp weather causing the seeds to sprout rather than for them to dry off and fall to the ground as they would in dry weather.


Rose Cuttings

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 11:57

I would leave them outside in a sheltered corner - just make sure that they don't dry out too much - that shouldn't be a problem in a UK winter!

The fact that there's new growth may indicate that they've taken root, but on the other hand it may not - cuttings do sometimes put up new top growth when the roots have not developed enough to maintain the growth and if they're disturbed the cutting will die.

I usually leave rose cuttings 12 months before planting them up but mine are usually in a slit trench in the ground rather than in pots.  I think you could try potting them on next spring - I'd use a loam-based John Innes No 2 with a little added grit or vermiculite for potting them on - others may disagree.

Let us know how you get on

Growing watercress and wasabi

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 11:47

Hi November Member

Do you grow your wasabi outside?  Is it hardy in the UK?


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 09:35

Hi Cangran - I've sent you a PM.

Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 09:25

Just as I moved  into Norwich this happened

For a long while the citizens of Norwich discovered what it's really like to be without a library - it really impoverished the quality of life in the city. 

We now have the wonderful Forum, which houses a huge new library, the BBC tv studios, Pizza Express and is a venue for many arts events.  Every cloud has a silver lining and if we hadn't had the fire we wouldn't have the Forum, but it didn't open until 2001 - we were seven years without a library - something I hope is never repeated.

Winter Readings

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 08:11

Another author to look out for is Sir Roy Strong who has written several highly regarded books on gardening.  I love this Amazon blurb on his book The Laskett : the story of a garden

"This is the story of one man and a garden. It is also the portrait of a marriage expressed through the vision and mystery of creating a garden. Neither the author, Roy Strong, nor his wife, the designer Julia Trevelyan Oman, had foreseen this when they eloped and married in 1971. Over 30 years later they find themselves surrounded by the largest formal garden made in this country since 1945, a garden that has increasingly become recognized as one of the most important laid out in the second half of the 20th century. And yet it was created not only with little money and less labour, but quite unconsciously. But it is not so much the horticultural triumph that will grip the reader as what this garden on the Welsh Borders in Herefordshire has come to mean in the lives of its creators. "The Laskett" is the tale of a garden as the domain of ghosts and as the habitat of memory."

I've not read it yet, but it's another one for the list


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 07:57

Folks!  If you'd like to celebrate with me this evening - this is the first anniversary of My Retirement!  I understand that bonfires will be lit and celebratory firework displays are being held in commemoration of this great event - I shall be waving graciously from the balcony (or front porch) at 6pm


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 07:53

Presumably dahlias originate from somewhere where there is no frost

I should know where, but it's very early in the morning and I've only had one coffee


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 07:35

Clari - keep it in the cool until you get back after Christmas - with luck it shouldn't flower until you bring it into the warm

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 07:31

Apparently moles taste quite unpleasant - very few animals will eat them.

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