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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Snowdrop bulbs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 17:35

You'll find them on sale around March time after they've finished flowering - they don't grow well as dried bulbs so the usual practice is to buy them 'in the green'.  

There'll be loads of sellers in the small ads in the back of Gardeners World magazine.  

Just make sure you buy guaranteed English grown ones as some unscrupulous people dig up wild ones abroad and sell them.  

Lots of different varieties available so now is the time of year to do some googling to see which ones you want to buy. 

You might find some in little pots in garden centres in January, but it's an expensive way to buy them.

Sports personality

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 15:27

Well, this is the explanation - I should think that he was odds on to win so they had to have some sort of 'cover all contingency' and it is a live show - I'm constantly amazed at the smooth way these things work, but there's always likely to be a small amount of human error creep in - far better than to go back to the bad old days when everything was stage managed and rehearsed to within an inch of it's life and then pre-recorded 'just in case'. 

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 15:00

That's fine mgsmith - sorry if we've offended you  - it's just that recently this forum has been plagued by firms trying to find ways of advertising their wares free of charge, and they're becoming more and more inventive in finding ways of doing it - which isn't fair on the website which is funded by it's advertising revenue - and it's not fair on the who do play fair and pay for their advertising.

Welcome to the board - hopefully you can show us the progress of your projects - I'm thinking of ways of introducing a few formal shapes into this garden - Merry Christmas 

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 14:28

Me too - and it's a response to Rachel (de Thame?) and she's not posted on here - confusing  

Don't want to upset a new poster, but it does appear spammish


Plant identification

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 14:22

I've seen datura/brugmansia with blooms yellow at the top changing to red, but not the other way around - that doesn't mean that they don't exist.  But the leaves look a bit too thick and leathery/glossy to me - more like a camellia leaf 


Posted: 16/12/2013 at 14:18

I read a similar description somewhere years ago - could've been Geoff Hamilton - it stuck with me.

Have you checked your PMs lately?

Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 14:14

Artjak - check your PMs 

indoor herbs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 14:11

The supermarket basil in pots will last on your windowsill until after the Christmas period as long as it'd doesn't get too cold.  I've not seen sage in pots in the supermarket, but that's probably because I don't look for it as I've got loads in the garden. If there isn't any potted sage,  I would buy some sprigs of cut sage and put them in a jug of water on the windowsill, it'll keep at least a fortnight. 

Identifying orchard tree varieties

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 13:48

The RHS holds Fruit Identification days each year - details of 2013 dates and venues are here - of course you're too late for them now, but there will be details for 2014 on their website nearer the time.


Posted: 16/12/2013 at 13:39

Creating a convincing rockery is more complicated than it may seem at first.  It is all too easy to end up with something that looks a bit like a steamed pudding with raisins scattered over it.  And with the greatest of respect,  I'm afraid that if you use  '.... most of the rocks to make a border around the area' then what you will have is a flower bed with stones around the edge and not a rockery. 

A rockery is a replica of a natural outcrop of rock, recreated in your garden.  This may help a little  and there's some lovely pictures of rockeries here to give you some ideas of the possibilities

Use Google and you'll find lots more images to fuel your imagination.

Good luck 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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