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Monty Don

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 08:59

I don't understand the problem. 

He used a bulb plant bulbs. I believe he also uses a dig. Who'd have thought...


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 08:54

Morning all. Foggy and chilly here. The birds had their woolly jumpers on when I went out to feed them. Lots of lovely spidery webs with diamonds on them 

Glad the TWIGS had a lovely day. Pix are great. Cakes are big. 

Have a good day BL and lily. Not sure what I'm doing today but shoulders are very sore with digging and then lifting out the 'whirly' (which is concreted into a bucket) to move it  I'm sure some tea and toast will help 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 20:15

chicky  - and one of those for the 'small matter of good grades' too 

You're right - and it's very stressful. Glad you've had a worthwhile trip though 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 20:01

Could you arrange a little fleecy greenhouse round them philippa? Fasten some battens to the wall, or even just vine eyes and wire, and then attach a few layers of fleece if there's going to be a bad spell of weather. Seems a helluva job to lift and shift them all. 

My Acidantheras are in one of my raised beds and the soil's light and free draining so it's worth a punt, but in an ordinary border here I'd lift them - I actually wouldn't bother growing them at all to be honest. Our winters are just too wet and they'd rot in the clay soil even with plenty of grit dug in. 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 19:41

Very jealous doc - crayfish are lovely....yumm ...err, I mean, how lovely having that in the stream....

Been digging  - ex husband asked if I'd found any bodies...I said they would have been easier to dig up than the three pieces of concrete kerb,  breeze blocks, bricks and rocks I've found so far...

Sounds good Panda - although I could only have beans or cheese not both.. in fact, I don't really like beans much so it would be cheese  

I had leftover mince from last night's cottage pie, with little potatoes and extra carrots and will now put my feet up and catch up on here with a cuppa before I nod off. 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 19:31

Hi Wills - no you don't want much 

Perennials all die down for winter so if you want to extend the colour through the seasons you need to add some grasses, shrubs and bulbs. It's always a good idea to have a little area you can see from the house, or that you pass regularly on your way out,  planted with a few evergreens, and you can then add bulbs for early spring, and some spring and summer flowering perennials to add colour later on. Lots of shrubs have late winter scent too so they're useful near a door.

That way, the structural stuff will be there when there are no other flowering plants, and bulbs in particular are lovely and cheerful when the winter's dragging on and you're desperate for some warmer weather.  

bags for composting

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 19:09

dduck - I'm sure one of the forum members - fidgetbones - uses them, but she's on holiday just now. I think it is a bit slower than other materials though.

Landscape Gardening

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 19:00

Bev - the nature of the forum means that free advertising isn't allowed, so anyone trying to promote their business gets removed by the moderators. I think pansyface's idea is a great one. Also, perhaps there's  a Horticulture Society in your area which would have good recommendations. Worth trying  

green manure

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:32

Thanks Tanty. I don't know why I didn't think of it before! I think it may be slow to get going by the time I sow, so I may have to net for a bit, but I think the benefit to the ground will be worth it anyway. 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 14:22


I've grown some Acidanthera for the first time this year, but I think they'd die if I left them in the ground here. Might leave some and see what happens 

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