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Over wintering dahlias and gladioli

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:14

Hi Trubill. This has been a frequent query recently as the mild weather has meant lots of plants still flowering when they'd usually be asleep for the winter! General opinion is no - they don't need to be blackened. Just lift and dry off as normal before storing. Gladioli are a bit different though as far as I'm aware. Most need to be protected by frost but it will depend where you live and what your conditions are. I'll try and find and bump up one of the other threads which might have the answers you're looking for 


Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:00

Think they're all being collected and packed now lily. They email you to let you know when yours is coming. There's a lovely booklet with it too. On the downside, I heard that there have been people breaking into the vans being used for collecting, to steal them. Some recipients are also putting them on ebay for a profit. I don't expect they're donating that to charity either.

What the **** is wrong with people. 


Posted: 21/11/2014 at 12:38

Just thought I'd post this. It arrived ten minutes ago


House moving and needing plant advice

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 09:44

You can always take cuttings from favourite shrubs which are too big to move but it's probably a bit late now unfortunately. 

Most shrubs that are dormant are easy enough to move if you get a decent rootball on them. Don't let them get dried out before you pot them up or plant them in their new home. I've sometimes put stuff in black bin bags to move them when I don't have enough pots. They've always survived. Dug them out and shoved them in. Put them in as soon as I'd moved and they didn't even know they were in a different garden! 


Posted: 21/11/2014 at 09:38

Brilliant Steve! A lovely addition to your garden especially with your new pond installed as well. 

Describes me pretty damn well

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 09:36

As many as three people Jake?...


Posted: 21/11/2014 at 09:33

I used to work Christmas Day quite often too - part of my job though. When my girls were little they did the same as Panda - bringing in their stockings to open them on our bed. We always put the presents out just before they went to bed on Christmas Eve.  Earlier in the day they made biscuits to hang on the tree -  all on the lowest branches. Youngest's were always dripping with runny icing and laden with silver and gold  balls  ( had to be suitably colour co-ordinated ) while oldest's were very neat and precise. I managed to resist the urge to space them evenly on the tree...

We always did the carrot and drink for Santa too. We used to leave it on the landing under the hatch for the attic as oldest daughter (smartass) always wondered how he got in since we didn't have a chimney  I used to put a pair of boots down and sprinkle flour or talcum powder round them so it looked like snow. They were thrilled with that. 

Happy days 

Leaves on the lawn

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 09:21

Best to start a new thread for that Vicente - people will really only look here if they have a solution/advice  re Greg's query about fallen leaves. 


Posted: 21/11/2014 at 09:19

Morning all - beautiful day here - didn't expect to be scraping the windscreen this morning though. Car deposited at garage for it's brakes etc to be done, and just having a cuppa while waiting for the gravel to be seemed like a good idea at the time... 

doc hasn't been up to do any digging for me yet so I'll have to do it myself  

No leaves left on trees here really but they've been on longer than usual as there's been so little windy weather. Passed a lovely holly tree on my walk back earlier - laden with glowing red berries.

Off to see what you've all been up to for a few minutes. 


Posted: 19/11/2014 at 08:09

LP - I know - he meant she was attentive, polite  and always did her best - he just could have used a better description    According to daughter, several of the other girls have a serious crush! 

I love watching the blackbirds dig around in bark - although I know what you mean about them being very messy 

Went to put washing out and it's started to rain 

Oh well - work beckons. Adios amigos 

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