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Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 10:25

50 corms of gladioli for postage £5.65

I'm not sure about the green ones, but the others look nice.

 For those who wanted the Acidanthera  murielae bulbs, they have 100 for £13.98


Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:58

Well, January has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster, exacerbated by the weather and the fact I can't get in the garden to do anything. It's made me realise, that although grass walkways look good in summer, they are no good in Winter. Even traipsing up to the greenhouse to check on it means squelching along in wellies, trying to pick a tussock of grass that is not under mud. The old house in the wood next door is being renovated. This morning I was woken by a chain saw, closely followed by a big digger demolishing the pigeon sheds.They are going to level it and plant grass seed. Good luck with that one, its totally surrounded by big trees.  My grass on that side is heavily infested with moss, it gets little light at this time of year , better after Easter, when the sun is higher in the sky.

I'm thinking a short holiday is in order, a long one is no good, I have seedlings and plants to monitor now, and no one I can trust to water for me.

Onion seeds to plant soon, then sweet peas. Most other things wait until early March.

Have a good day everyone.

French beans

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:04

I sow french beans at the beginning of May under glass, for planting out at the end of May, when risk of frost has passed.

Buying a hammock online

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 19:15

I've been one a long time.

Buying a hammock online

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 19:08

If he'd said he was looking for a good pair of waders at the mo, I might have believed him, but a hammock in this weather?


Posted: 17/01/2014 at 18:46

I'm back from Newcastle, the M1 was shut near chesterfield, so A1 and A64 nightmare, but eventually we got home.

Very tired. early night tonight I think.

Depleated soil levels

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 18:44

If its free draining, I would give it a load of well rotted Farm Yard manure. This will help retain nutrients long term, otherwise with excessive rain, it just drains straight through. Next spring , I would dose the area with 100g of Blood , fish and bonemeal every square metre.


Posted: 17/01/2014 at 04:21

yes, I know this is an absurd time of morning.

 I cant sleep in a strange hard bed in Newcastle.  Funeral yesterday, went as well as could be expected. sorting out of stuff to do today, then back home late Friday.

I noticed my Hamamelis was starting to flower yesterday, I  moved it next to the window so that I could see it from indoors. It's one of those plants people buy me for a present, only for me to realise , the reason I hadn't got one  is I have the wrong soil. So it gets potted and moved about.

It looks like you were all busy on here yesterday. I'll be back at the weekend.


Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 20:38

Also Hodsock Priory, at Blyth, North Notts, is open during February for the snowdrops.

This might be suitable for the Notts/ South Yorks contingent.

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 20:34

John Masseys garden at the back of Ashwood nurseries in Kingswinford, west Midlands, is open on February 8th, 10 am to 4pm.

Outstanding winter interest is provided by hellebores, cyclamen, snowdrops, witch hazels and the coloured stems of dogwood and willow.

This garden was featured on the alpine section of the great garden revival.

if anyone wants more detail.

I will be going and taking my mum.(unless there is heavy snow) If anyone wants to meet up let me know.

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