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What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 11:24

Chicky are you growing Amaranthus for eating or flowers? I can let you have some Amaranthus hypochondriacus seeds if you like. My flower shop working sister in law had never seen anything like them, I used them in some of the large wedding arrangements.I'm sure she thinks I made the name up. The seed originally came from the RHS scheme.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 11:19

I like the brukale or flower sprouts. Home grown are more tender than the bought ones, I find. They do better for me than brussel sprouts, I think my garden gets too much shade from October to March.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 10:53

Ive sown seed of Eucomis Octopus. Last year I tried three packets of banana seed, not one grew. a friend of a friend is panicking over her daughters desire to have all home grown flowers for her wedding in July. It will have a blue theme. I will be growing a lot of blue sweet peas for her, also hope Ammi will be in flower by then.


Posted: 12/01/2016 at 10:47

Time to see the doc if you have a cough that is not getting better after a fortnight.

A lot of cabin fever about. 

I printed all the tickets for my delayed honeymoon yesterday. My main sowings will be March, so as not to give the untrained house looker after too much to do. If the weather turns bad, she will have all on keeping the bird feeders filled.

I hope you feel better soon, Pat. Remember you have friends here if you want someone to talk to in the dark hours.


Posted: 11/01/2016 at 20:14

I noticed today that the Eucomis Octopus that flowered last year, had formed seeds. I planted some, I suppose as its South African it should go in a propagator. Has anyone grown this bulb from seed before?


Posted: 11/01/2016 at 19:59

I like haslet but couldn't stomach brawn or tripe. Yet 100 years ago my great grandfather was a tripe dresser. we tend to follow his fathers proclivities.  He had a pub.   Its known in the family as the Paling failing... Rum.

pruning wysteria bush

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 17:51

Cut back all last years shoots to two buds.,soon as they are starting to grow with this mild weather. That should leave you with a thick main stem and a framework of shoots off it. Bush wisteria is the same as the normal one growing on walls , it is just the training technique.   There are some done  as freestanding shrubs this way at Kew.

Grape vine prune advise please

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 13:50

Cut back hard to the framework now, leaving a stump with a couple of buds. This is where your fruit will come from. Late summer pruning doesnt bleed. If you winter prune too late and the sap is already rising, this is when it bleeds sap.

Something to mull over

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 08:45

I second that,Posy. We are not perfect, but improvements happen generation by generation. 

Something to mull over

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 23:11

I find it abhorrent that young girls are taken from this country to endure female genital mutilation, that there are countries where women have no education, where they are stoned to death after being raped by a man, and homosexuals are thrown off of buildings to their death. I do not want any acceptance of any of these.

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