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Talkback: 10 cosmos to grow

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 08:58

Mr Fothergills catalogue arrived this week. They have most of those varieties and more. Next year is apparently year of the Cosmos.

I usually grow sensation, but this year I have also liked cupcakes from thompson and morgan.



Posted: 06/09/2015 at 08:23

We had a major fight over the duvet last night. I ended up getting the spare off the spare bed. Maybe the scandinavians are on to something. The house seemed cold when we got back, so the heating has gone on. 

Well done ,panda. I think working with nice people is always better.

As we were driving back from Stansted last night, there was a nasty accident where we left the A1 for Oakham. A car was on its roof on the Southbound carriageway. Paramedic was there, and then as we drove towards Oakham, two police, a fire engine, then an ambulance came screaming past us.   It made me shudder. A lot of people will have had their weekend ruined, everything was at a standstill.

I hope all forkers are safe. There seems to be little good news about at the moment.



Posted: 04/09/2015 at 20:04

Brukale has now been renamed as flower sprouts.... a registered brand name. I wish they would stop changing the names of things.


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:45

Also Johnson's and DT Brown have it.


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:42

In the uk it is marketed under the brandname of tenderstem. In USA it is marketed as a brandname of broccolini.  Mr Fothergills sells seeds under the name  Broccoli tenderstem F1 green inspiration. I hope that helps.


Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:35

What I grew was Brukale. It produced tiny cabbages all the way up the stem, a bit like brussel sprouts . I think the seed was from Marshalls.

Lanky seedlings

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:19

You can cut the leaves as seedlings and use in a salad. Its too late in the year to get useable roots.


Posted: 03/09/2015 at 17:55

I hope your lot get better soon, yviestevie.

I was underwhelmed by the viking museum. So I went shopping. I was going to treat myself to a bit of Royal Copenhagen hand painted china. Then I picked up the box and saw " made in Thailand"' . That coupled with the extortionate price , made me put it down again.

Off out for dinner now. A lot of the festival seems to be an excuse for bad kareoke. I've heard cats sing better.


Posted: 03/09/2015 at 09:23

Kew sounds good. Its not bad from where I live. Straight down the M1, then round the ring road. If himself comes and drives, there is room for a couple of the yorkshire contingent in the back. I've often seen it in Spring, its at least two weeks earlier there than in the Midlands. The magnolias are magnificent.  I suspect the autumn colours could be good.

Today I'm off to the viking museum.

layering for pots including allium bulbs

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:00

Whatever you do, make sure daffs are earlies and tulips late. Last year i had tall tulips flowering before short late daffs. It got a bit messy.

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