Gary Hobson

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Posted: 12/03/2013 at 12:17
sotongeoff wrote (see)

be suspicious of anybody with the Tower Hamlets location and no more details

The white strawberry thread is one such thread.

I noticed white strawberries, on Crocus last week, while I was browsing strawberries. They're 10 times the price of red ones, and are small and low cropping. I almost said that on the strawberry thead - but it smelled fishy - so I said nothing.

I don't like strawberries that taste of fish.

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Posted: 12/03/2013 at 10:01

Saw Crufts at the weekend. They showed how dogs are being used to help people with dementia.

Dementia patients don't understand the need to get up, and so the dog is trained to pull the blankets off the bed. (Not quite sure how the dog knows when to do this; maybe when it feels hungry, or the need to go outside).

This soon gets the patient up.

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Posted: 12/03/2013 at 06:50

Morning forkers,

Another freezer last night. There were some nice pretty frost pattens on the inside of the greenhouse windows this morning.   Temperature beneath two layers of fleece was +2. 

I think we've hit the bottom. Daytime temps forecast to increase, very slowly, day by day for the rest of the week.

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Posted: 11/03/2013 at 13:45

'Bianca' never writes to me.


Posted: 11/03/2013 at 09:31

On another thread...

Gary Hobson wrote (see)

Rose of Sharon...

These plants can get big. But are very easily controlled, simply by hacking back as much as you like.

As you can see, the bees love them.

A very easy way to propagate is just to look for little seedlings, which can often be found near the plant.

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Posted: 11/03/2013 at 07:15

Morning forkers,

Inka, you could repost your photos on the 2013 Garden Photos thread, here:

Here, we've had a dusting of snow overnight, and light snow still falling.

I have few plants in the greenhouse, covered by two layers of fleece. There's a thermometer with them, beneath the fleece. The temperature beneath the fleece at 7am was +3.

The forecast is predicting sunny intervals. A bit of sun should lift the temperature. If it rises above +5 in the greenhouse itself then I might put some seedlings, which are in the house, out there, for a little day trip.

Internet purchasing

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 13:44

I posted this on another thread yesterday...

Lyon Greene wrote (see)

For those of you who have not yet discovered the joys and convenience of mail order gardening, these snaps show a parcel from Crocus that arrived last week. I ordered on the Wednesday, and the parcel arrived on the Friday...


Pretty much the same conclusions as Verdun has already described.

You can get much better choice than is avaiable in any garden centre. The order above included some Hemerocallis. My local GC stocks 3 varieities at the most; Crocus have around 15 varieties. A nursery specialising in that plant alone may have upto a 100 to choose from.

I've bought loads of plants, of all kinds, by mail order.

Another big advantage is that you don't waste money. If I take a trip to a garden centre, then I'm inclined to come back with a load of stuff that I didn't really need. Buying on-line makes purchasing a more considered activity.

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Posted: 10/03/2013 at 09:18

Chewing gum was in the news yesterday. Some new research shows that it helps concentration...

Chewing gum is to be made compulsory for train drivers, airline pilots, school teachers, and football managers (who already use it).

Best and worst

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 07:26
obelixx wrote (see)

....Hardest is finding time to sit and enjoy it ...

I'm a bit more disciplined about planning my time in the garden.

My favourite job is sitting in the deckchair, in the greenhouse. And I take the time to do that. There will always be a million jobs crying out to be done. But I'm the master in my garden. My garden is not the master of me.

The worst job, IMO, is clearing out a pond. If a pond contains plants, they eventually need some clearing out. Cutting through matted iris roots a foot deep is hard work; it's dangerous (don't want to cut oneself or the liner); the water is very cold; and it's a filthy job too.

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Posted: 10/03/2013 at 07:06

Morning forkers,

You were all having fun last night - Bunny hunting.

I'm going to be obsessed with the weather and temperatures for the next couple of days. We've got snow forecast for this morning.

Need to plant out the stuff that arrived from Crocus on Friday. It included some bare-rooted strawberries. Strawberries might like frost, but I'm not putting new runners out, to be frozen solid on their first night. 

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