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What is going on?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 14:40

The BBC and computer modeling about changing weather!

My granddad says, always ask "WHO" is making money out of any scare story etc before you believe any of their fables!

All these scares have already been reported in his lifetime!

There was floods, famine, pestilence and lots more to be read in the bible!

He says there was terrible weather during the FWW!

Also towards the end of the 2nd WW the summer weather was terrible and well into the late forties and early fifties!

Then in the late seventies and early eighties the chancers said we were going into another" ice age", when it didn't happen they came up with "global warming" as a way of making money out of the gullible.

When the whole world did not turn into a desert they changed it to "Climate change"a catch all so that they said winters would be warmer and wetter and summers would be cooler and wetter also!

And it is us plebs who pay for their excesses!




......the good guys

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:08

Bought 4 packets of seeds from Westcountry 3 years ago, only a few germinated but none grew past the seedling stage!

When I reported it they were not very pleasant! (a woman I think)

A very black mark from me,and another one they did not do cheques only postal orders!

A speaker at the garden club said to try Woodfield Hybrids from Fothergills, I got 2 packets (£2.69 each) marvelous germination, as I had so many I planted most of them in two rows at the allotment!

Great range of colours, and really tightly packed flower columns, have labeled some to take cuttings off !


Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 16:56

Gosh! they are smashing looking colours, I have Hot P but it has not grown very well this year!

As for hardiness, the latest new colours are very dodgy, I take cuttings which I overwinter in the GH so I can grow on next season!

The old purple colours are as tough as old boots as is "Wild Berry" which is one of the cheaper ones to buy!

Keep the pictures coming!


Slug pellets

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:27


Of course they are, I have a Jack Russell and a friendly cat alive and well, also a female hedgehog lives under the shed, though no young so far this year!

Along my back fence which is covered in ivy, the robin reared a nest this year again and the blackbirds have started building a third nest for their next brood, a pair of dunnocks and a pair of wrens also have nests but I cannot find them, if pellets were that bad they would all be dead!

As we also feed the birds, we are visited by loads of sparrows, goldies,blue and long tailed tits, a crow, sparrows and wood pigeons, the only ones the dog chases!

Unfortunately also a sparrow hawk, but the cat never bothers either with the birds or the nests, even when the young blackbirds are making a racket!




......the good guys

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 22:02


This one is only for VERDUN!

Thirty quid down the Swanee! 

 Year before last  I ordered from T&M 5 Wild Swan anemones, twenty five quid plus a fiver postage! They were dead on arrival  no roots but T&M eventually replaced them, they never made any effort to grow and died!

I also ordered the same from Hayloft for the same cost, they also arrived dead no roots, and they also eventually all died!

Earlier this year I contacted Hayloft  only to ask if there was a problem with them, they said they "were difficult" and said they would replace them in June.

Which I am very happy with, but no success with T&M!

They all must buy these plug plants in  from some other grower as they are the same price and the plug plants all look if they are out off the same mold! Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

I usually never have a problem growing on plants but these have been impossible so far!



mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 11:36

I use either washing up liquid or Jeyes fluid and never appear to have any larvae,

I use a bamboo cane to stir up the surface to make it foam, which does the trick!

prevention is better than cure!

Sad rhubarb

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 21:54

I have 7 different varieties some of which I forced under large black compost bins!

The forced lot was fine , I sell it at the WI market, but the rest never came to much this season, most of the unforced lot went limp and has now fallen over!

This is the first year that this has occurred!

The roots sold in GCs are a disgrace re guarding size,they could hardly cut them any smaller if they tried!

I bought some in a sale for 50p a packet, it took 4 years till I got decent sized plants!



Best place to buy Dahlias online?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 19:44


Is there not a garden centre near you?

buying on line is usually much more expensive and you will have to wait for delivery of between four and six quid " for carriage, packing and insurance!"

As for Parkers my last two deliveries' have been total rubbish and you will wait for 28 days for your order to be dispatched!

You have heard of the old saying,"once bitten twice shy" well more fool me I went and ordered again and got caught out a second time, never again!

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 19:09
Verdun wrote (see)


Apparently anemone Wild Swan is difficult to grow but not for me.   It is a new form of anemone that flowers early summer......can be late spring....onwards into autumn.  Lovely white flowers with blue backs .......making a very attractive plant.  

Correction Verdun, so far with me it has been impossible to get them started to grow on, never mind actually grow, but I have high hopes someday!

Ps, I will be round with my hobnailed boots on to see anyone who mentions it!


Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 14:56


Verdun, mentioning Anemone Wild Swan is banned on this forum until further notice!


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