Gardening Grandma

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can we start a free plant give away in our local area

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 18:50

Hi, Derrick. This is an excellent idea but I would like to see it develop into local gardening clubs. In my area, many have closed down. They are sociable and a great place to learn and share. It strilkes me that maybe they need to cover a slightly wider area than previously in order to be sustainable.

MOB rants

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 18:29

They are almost certainly in her garden! A similar thing happened in our area a couple of years ago - I don't know the outcome. That person had built some wooden structures though, more obtrusive. 

National Garden Scheme

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 18:19

Yes, good luck, Sparkly. You must have a very good garden to have  been accepted and most people will be delighted to look and chat to you and get their nice tea. I certainly would! There are always picky people, but that's true of anything where you are dealing with human beings. Have a lovely time!

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Posted: 08/03/2013 at 18:13

Swiss Sue, how dreadful!! This is utter madness and this lady should get all the publicity she can muster. I'm wondering whether her local MP can help.


This may contravene the letter of the plannning laws but surely not the spirit. The article says that she has used ten feet of green best land. She should threaten to sue the council if they damage anything not on those ten feet!

A bulb for all seasons

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 17:21

You can have an evergreen in there, like a box ball or a small conifer, for permanent structure, and plant large bulbs deeper than the smaller ones, so that you can get more in the pot. You could get quite a long spring display like this, then  when the bulbs die back plant seasonal plants for summer, removing them when they are over and repacing them with autumn and winter flowerers. If you plant pansies, they will flower for months if you deadhead them, for example. Just make sure that the bulbs are planted deeper than usual and top up the pot with compost when they are over. You'll also have to make sure you feed the plants regularly even if you put in slow-release fertiliser at the beginning.

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Posted: 08/03/2013 at 17:12

Hmmm. I always feel obligated to hurry because of the queue, and I do, but really I think that if I have spent my money there then I am entitled to a bit of time and courtesy. I find the checkout girls very nice on the whole, often exceptionally helpful and kind, but what else should you expect? It is not a production line, but a queue of real people with real needs.


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Posted: 08/03/2013 at 15:27

Thanks, everyone. Flowerbird, you have my sympathy. Hope your Mum likes the flowers and has a lovely day.

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Posted: 08/03/2013 at 15:15

Yes, food for another rant - non-removable removable labels.

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Posted: 08/03/2013 at 15:09

Ah, I see. Thanks, Flowerbird. Glad you had a nice time at the supermarket, btw.

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Posted: 08/03/2013 at 15:02

i have just discovered that, under 'my reviews' I am down as having reviewed 1256 plants! I've actually reviewed 2.

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