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Posted: 16/12/2013 at 13:07

I've had a mixed morning. I took OH to Birmingham Airport for flight to Toulouse via Paris.  He's coming back tomorrow via Amsterdam (don't ask rush job- flight costs more than premium seats to Australia!) Raining heavy in Birmingham , so coming out I got behind a lorry in the wrong lane and missed the M42 and ended up on the M6 toll. That cost me £4 to get off on top of the £1 for 2 minutes drop off at the airport. When I got off I had no idea where I was , so when I found a sign for A38 North, I followed that back to Derby instead. Seeing as I was going past a decent garden centre, I felt it would be a waste of petrol not to go in, so i did. A Miscanthus sinensis gracillimus,a Misc sinensis variegatus, and a Sedum"mr Goodbud" half price, a sedum "bronco"quarter price, a packet of fritillary bulbs half price,  and a Large Helleborus shooting star (full price), and a voucher used for £5 total, £28 for the lot. (and another £5 voucher to use if I go back  before 24th Dec.) All in big pots, the sedums have plenty of new shoots and will probably split. The hellebore was £15 but has flowers on already and lots to come.

 I got the xmas tree decorated yesterday, now I've just got to buy presents for nephew and great nieces and nephews.- and a visit to the post office for a replacement tax disc lost in the post.

new garden clean slate

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 14:42

 All sorts might pop up in Spring. Weeds or wonderful perennials.and bulbs. If its very overgrown, spend the winter removing weeds/brambles etc and  getting the soil preparation done. Next spring I would use annuals so that you are sure any perennial weeds are eradicated before planting anything precious.

My Runner/ Broad beans

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 13:46

Runner beans can't be planted out until frost is passed, which is about the end of May. I usually sow mine  under glass at the beginning of May and plant out at the end. Unless you have a heated greenhouse,  your plants are destined for the compost heap.

 Broad beans can be planted out in any mild patch. Fleece them over for a bit of pretection if the weather turns colder.

 The compost you have in the root trainers should have enough nutrients in to manage until they get planted out.


Posted: 14/12/2013 at 14:33

I got a helleborus niger in a red sisal pot delivered from T&M today.

Nice plant. Only I havn't a clue who its from. I'm assuming it's not  a freebie from T&M. I managed to persuade my lot that it was only children getting prezzies from Santa, and we adults just do cards, so  I guess it's not them. prime suspect is brother outlaw (OH's twin). Shame there's no card.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 21:10

Prune plums in summer to avoid silver leaf disease. The apples can be pruned  between now and march.


Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 20:44

David, It looks like they have had a severe cut back in a previous year. That has resulted in a lot of shoots. I would reduce all the new shoots back by two thirds and hope for formation of flower buds next summer. take out any crossing branches.

 You will get more replies if you start a new thread.

Compost bin

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 18:45

Break23, I fill up the plastic ones and then when it has gone down after first heating, I lift the plastic bit off like a jelly mould, resite it and throw all the stuff back in with a fork.I find that easier than trying to stir it up from the top.

Fox gloves

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:28

I had Dalmation peach flowering for most of the summer, repeating when I cut the main stem down. The usual apricot one is 'suttons apricot'


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:26
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

I don't drive it very often

I can see why  Bit of a colour clash going on there, clueless.


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 07:32

Good morning everyone. Off to work today so I won't be around. Have a good day everyone.

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