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Talkback: How to pick tulips

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:37

The bog standard yellow and red varieties are very determined. They can withstand all sorts of conditions that the more refined varieties can't. I have a couple of red ones that  have been trailed from house to house with me as I've moved. I don't have anywhere to put them yet and they're languishing in a small pot in a handful  of rubbish soil, yet they come up every year and laugh at me! 


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:33

If you have some croissants to go with the coffee I'll join you 


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:32

The problem with sowing anything at this time of year is legginess and just as Verdun describes.Excess heat creates fast, weak growth and it then becomes more difficult to achieve a good strong plant. Hardy perennials in particular because they really should be outside, just with some protection from the most severe weather, and if they're allowed to get long and spindly in a false environment, it then becomes difficult to get them out. It's a fine balance. 

X Factor

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:15

I'd rather eat my own hair than watch any of these shows Wills...

Gate Posts

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:14

If the posts you're fixing the gates to are a decent weight, you can just attach the gates to them and not through to the brick itself. Depends on the weight and size of your gates etc, but a shorter, heavier weight screw is better than a longer one for fixing hinges of any kind.

A very good joiner told me that years ago when he re hung all the doors in my first flat 


Posted: 16/11/2014 at 07:10

Morning Dove. I'll nip down and do them - could have done them this morning for you - been awake since 5am...

More tea needed.

Any other dodos out there?

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 18:42


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 18:40

That would be nice Lesley...don't have one that shifts gravel though, so I'll have to rely on my aching bones and muscles...and a shovel...

Off to have something to eat now. Have a good evening all - especially all those who are partying- I don't have the energy or inclination for that any more!

Any other dodos out there?

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 17:16


Posted: 15/11/2014 at 17:15

Mine has lovely new plump red shoots showing too - it'll slow down as the winter comes in.  I was moving some things around today and lots of the pots with daffs, crocus and tulips have shoots poking through. Last year was the same with the mild winter. Everything will gradually settle though 

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