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Snowdrop bulbs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 21:37

 Nick, Do you want them to flower spring 2014 or is this a long term project? How many do you want? How big an area do you want to cover?

Snowdrop bulbs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 20:39

Bob, thats what I usually do. Every year I can guarantee I will stick a fork through a clump after it has died down. I shove a few back in that spot, and spread the others around the garden, just pushing them into empty spots. I don't let them dry out. From a few dozen that were here when I came, I've now got thousands.

christmas parcel

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 20:17

I came to that conclusion. I sent two parcels,identical size, one week apart. One cost £5.50, the other £15. It seems it depends on who is on, as to how much it will cost. If I am going to send stuff out again, I will set up a courier account beforehand.

 When I was in today they had a largish  parcel size shown that is apparently £3. So why did a tiny parcel cost £5.60 a month ago?



Posted: 16/12/2013 at 18:39

And I presume you didn't look in the rear view mirror?

Snowdrop bulbs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 17:37

There are some bulbs half price in the garden centres now, but they are dried out and probably won't do very well.

Plant identification

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 17:14

Its probably ok outside in Verdunland. It supposedly will stand a degree or two of frost. Thats not hardy in this neck of the woods, but neither are cannas. I  have seen great masses of them(cannas) as permanent planting in Penzance.

The Correa is very beautiful, Verdun. I have seen them in West Australian gardens.

Plant identification

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 17:00

Check for scale insects before you bring it indoors. If there are any, they will increase rapidly in a conservatory. Then put it out again for summer (basically treat it like a lemon tree.)

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 16:18

Flowerchild, I can't think of anything more irresponsible than that flower arrangement. The  blogger states they are the scourge of the countryside, but unless they are disposed of by burning, then they can spread. I certainly wouldn't have thought twice about being able to dispose of dead flower arrangements in a green bin. There would even be the danger of putting it on the compost heap and spreading it around the garden.


Posted: 16/12/2013 at 16:09

I had a spare voucher for £5 off £30, at the GC checkout. The man behind me had a dozen amaryllis, and I gave him my spare voucher. He looked at me as if I was mad. Maybe I am.

Not so good at the Post office. Out of time for "lost in post" so had to pay £7 for reissue of car tax disc. He works away a lot  but "not realising it hadn't arrived in the post "is not allowed apparently.

Homemade mincemeat has gone down well. I gave a jar away and got a request back for the recipe. Its Staceys, except I used worcester apples instead of russets,accidentally doubled the sugar,and used damson gin instead of brandy,  but it still seemed to work ok.

Plant identification

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 14:49

Correa backhousiana x reflexa   "marions marvel"

An Australian plant suitable for conservatory. needs winter protection.

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