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seed potatos

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 15:13

Only keep for seed if you have had no disease whatsoever on the plants.

I always buy commercially grown seed potatoes, guaranteed virus free, usually grown high up in scotland where there are no aphids to spread the disease.


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 15:08

 Sort of like this. It takes about 3 days to look the best from the first flower opening on the gladioli. 7 days and they look tatty and I start again.

The dark red is called tricolor, but it is not really big enough. The tall yellow ones are called buddy, I have more of these coming on.


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 14:45

I often read my kindle in the bath. 

Its useful for web browsing in free wifi areas too. No mobile roaming charges.

Flowers will be as I want, weather permitting.  See cut flowers thread. I am experimenting with spires of gladioli tied back to back, with the top of the copper jug filled in with something round like cosmos, rudbeckia , dahlia or sedum heads. I planted some 50o or  so gladioli in June to follow on from the ones that are flowering now. The late ones are starting to send up spikes, so fingers crossed.


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 11:06

Punkdoc, have a think about a kindle. There are lots of free books, but also you can get new books at the push of a button. Brilliant for holidays, you can take loads for the weight of less than a single paperback. The new  Jack Reacher beckons....


Posted: 15/09/2015 at 08:51

Piddling it down here. Tax returns to do . Hey ho.

My wedding ring is finished and  hidden in the safe. Just the table plans to do.


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 20:46

Mine didn't even flower before they rotted over last winter. There is someone a hundred yards from me with a lovely display at the moment. I must ask them where they got their bulbs from.

Tree supplier

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 08:33

There were a couple of these at Bressingham, forming an amazing archway, near the winter garden, I think.

Would you get the shape you want with a pregrown specimen?

You may get a better result with smaller trees you can grow to shape yourself.

bright green leaves

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 15:08

Philadelphus aureus starts off yellow but goes green as the summer advances. Mine has all green leaves now, which give a contrast to the orange peel clematis (Bill McKenzie) that is growing through it.

mirabilis jalapa

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 10:09

I did that last year. I forgot to dig them up and the frost got them. But they have self seeded all over that area. They have come up like weeds.

is it a con?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 23:38

I have had a 12x8 robinsons greenhouse for 25years. Still going well apart from the louvre vents. I replaced all the automatic window openers this year. I particularly like the higher eaves than some makes have , and the double doors.

Staging I got from two wests and elliot in Chesterfield.

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