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New Secret Garden feature

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 06:41

Posy - Daniel Haynes is the Editor of the Gardeners World website  You'll see his name on the front page of this forum.  A PM is a Private Message - if you go to the top right hand corner of this page and click on your name you'll see some options - click on My Messages and you'll have the option of sending a message to Daniel

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 06:34
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

.............. should BR be asked first if it's ok to pick them or is this public land?   

Not since privatisation!!!

Mind your own business

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 21:33

It can look fantastic - for a few weeks - then it gets straggly and spreads over everything.  I once thought it was a good idea.      Reader .... I moved house

Ever been had ??

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 21:16

Well, that's simple then, all you've got to do is get your Blewberry Tart to cross with another snowdrop and you've got a Bakewell Tart and you can sell it for a fortune and be rich for evermore

Have you read Tulip Fever by Debora Moggach?  Brilliant!  All about how collecting can grip virtually a whole continent!


Posted: 07/03/2015 at 21:12

Glad you're having a lovely birthday weekend Liri

We've been choosing dogs from Crufts   I'm creaking and groaning a bit after a winter of mainly cooking and sitting on the sofa and now a whole day's gardening, but if feels so good!

Ever been had ??

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 20:56

Someone paid £725 for one bulb a few days ago

This garden didn't have any snowdrops when we came here so I'm starting from scratch, and think I've got the bug.  I've bought just a few 'specials' this year, I think the most I paid was £10 for a bulb growing in a pot but the majority were cheaper - around £7 for three  or £3 each - and of course the G. nivalis and Flore pleno are usually around  £3 for 10 or £15 for 100.  I've bought some of the different species so we may even get some interesting crosses

I don't know anything about Bakewell Tart, but Galanthus Nivalis 'Blewberry Tart' is being sold by Foxgrove Plants for £10 per bulb. 

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 19:21


Pansyface - many years ago Ma had a couple of sacks of daffodil bulbs as a present as we knew she'd long wanted to plant daffodils either side of the farm driveway.  She spent ages digging holes in the rough grass and planting the daffs.

One day we came home from shopping to find a car parked in the driveway and two strangers picking Ma's daffodils - they had buckets full - and couldn't see they'd done anything wrong 


Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:27

As someone who grew up in a farming family I would never pick blackberries from someone's field without the permission of the farmer - it is theft.  Also, unless there's a public right of way, what would you be doing in the field? 

Digging up or picking snowdrops and other 'wild' flowers is illegal unless you have the permission of the owner.  Some plants are specifically protected by law and cannot be dug up even with permission. 

All land belongs to someone - there is no 'wilderness' in the UK. Keep to public rights of way and always ask permission from the owner before picking .



Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:40
Wintersong wrote (see)

Dove, I read that you can tell robins by the crest on their heads??? Is it called a crest? If its curved its a guy bird and V shaped is girl and I only remember that because V is for V**gina am I wrong?


Afraid so - the markings on robins do vary a bit, but it's nothing to do with their gender.

Apparently sometimes even the robins find it a bit difficult to tell which is which

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:34

After I'd had enough of digging I sat on a bench for a while and almost nodded off in the sunshine - but OH came home and woke me up - just as well, the cassoulet for supper should have been in the oven by then   Think we're eating a bit late tonight

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