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Seed swap

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 22:45

Hi Sam, it looks as if it's been sponsered by Mr Fothegill's. From the advert it looks as if you can sign up for emails reminding you on when to sow to stuff, discounts on their seeds, info on how to sow seeds, but also a dedicated online Seed Club forum

It was the seed sowing forum that interested me


Seed swap

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 21:47

I'm really enjoying the seed swop not done it before. I love sowing from seed and always buy too many seeds (especially when they are cheap) and always sow too many so always have a surplus of young plants. This year I've been collecting seeds of the plants in the garden as well.

This is a great to pass on surplus seeds/plants in exchange for something else

Anyone read the seed club advert in January's edition of GW?




Fork Handles

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 17:31

Throughly enjoyed the final episodes of The Killing- didn't see the ending coming at all, but ties in with that will be last of Sarah Lund. Brilliant series.  Borgen will be back  on in January so that will fill the void.

The dancing marathon is about to start, have a good evening everyone

Fork Handles

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 13:03

Afternoon all, looking forward to the all night dancing tonight.

Lunch was 2 duck eggs poached, I'm now extremely full. Will be going back to bed to watch the last two episdoes of The Killing and general lazing about.

TV in bedroom was from Freecyle recently , got a sky box from there as well I am a convert, I love shoping when it cost nothing.

Geoff- glad you watched Headhunters, yes extremley close to the book.

I'm thinking of going to see Life of Pi in the next week. Not read the book though




Seed swap

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 12:09

Hi Gardengirl- got your honesty seeds todayThanks very much. Looking forward to  sowing them

Fork Handles

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 21:13

Evening all, I've broken up today for the holidays, feels great,

My good wishes to everyone

Seed swap

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 20:59

Gardengirl I would be interested in the white Hebe cuttings, I'll dig the "false sunflowers" up and send you them in the new year

Seed swap

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 20:45

Hi nututlet, What I will do if alright with you, is to dig a bit of the plant up, cut off a lot the foilage and send it to you with a good root system attached? It's a tough one so I'm sure it will be alright. The main reason why I have allowed it to stay is the amount of insects that I see on it Give me your details and I will post them  to you in the New Year



Seed swap

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 18:34

Nutcutlet, I am amazed and pleased that there really is a plant that is refered to as  the "false sunflower", that is just it's nickname here. Had a quick google of Inulas and it does look very similar, I've never heard of them but you might be right.

Gardengirl and Sam re taking cuttings of the false sunflower, I'm sure it's possible and they would do well. The plant has very strong tuberous roots so I'm pretty confident that if you planted a tuber it would grow. I dug up a separate patch to the one that you've seen in the Summer and there is still some left and growing.

Don't know much about Hebes, the white looks very pretty. Are they large growing shrubs and do they attract pollinating insects?  I love white/pale flowers in the garden

The white campion looks stunning but are the seeds from this plant going to grow true to the original or will they revert to the red (pink) type?

Lyn- thanks so much for the pulmonaria it's outside in a pot and will divide and plant out in my woodland area in the Spring.

pesky pests

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 17:19

Sorry to hear about the demise of the citrus shrub. Dr Hessayen "Expert" series does give some really good advice about how to deal with it......... including insecticide but just can't find the book at the moment

If I remember right I think red spider mite are a symptom of dry/hot  conditions, I would remove any webs or signs of it with a damp cotton bud and mist the plant regularly

Found it... his advice

"Daily misting will help prevent attack; spray with derris, malathion or systemic insecticide as soon as the first signs are seen" Hope that helps a little

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