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......the good guys

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 19:54
Pottie Pam   Hello Pam.   Last year the manager of a local owned garden centre gave a talk at our garden club meeting.   They have a five year guarantee  no questions asked on trees, shrubs etc and said they very seldom got anyone coming back to said their plants etc had died!   He said he would rather have a satisfied customer who came back for more than to have someone dissatisfied with their plants!   I do buy from them some things are dearer and some cheaper than mail order but much better quality and you get to choose what plants you want!

Alstroemeria Seeds

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 12:04

Saved and sowed seeds 3 years ago from a nice flowered plant, good germination and the plants grew on, most flowered last year, they were like peas in a pod, all washed out pinky white coloured flowers, so they went into the compost heap!

......the good guys

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 20:24

Crocus/Telegraph absolutely terrible, plants should never have been sent out completely sodden compost and plants dead,and then they make excuses and want me to wait for some time to see if they were alive!

Then they refunded me the cost in dribs and drabs!

As for Parkers plants dried out and dead, same story re refund, again paid back in dribs and drabs also!


Both should be reported to the RSPP (Royal Society for the Protection for Plants!)


Total waste of time effort and money, as I do not want to have to report plants not up to scratch,just that they are perfectly acceptable!


Free Council Compost

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 20:10

Re Heating up composts!

Some time ago at our gardening club,the speakers car broke down on the way, so one of the members nipped home and brought some vhs tapes about Central TV gardening shows which he had taped, there was a TV and player already in the hall!

As far as I can remember the presenters were Howard ??, Clay Jones and Arthur Billet.

Part of the programme was about composting with Arthur the main man, he said never put any seeding plants in the compost bin as it never got hot enough to kill the seeds!

He explained he had been a research scientist at some government station and done experiments over the years and no matter what materials they used they were unable to get the heaps hot enough and there was always seedlings with the end product!

As far as the council official are concerned about the heaps beening hot enough, like politicians they speak with forked tongues!

The two programmes that was shown were very good as were the presenters!



Free Council Compost

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 21:46


I compost  all my own garden/kitchen waste, NO chickweed or bittercress and nothing with seed heads on it, so when I use the completed garden compost I have few nasties from it!

But my two next door neighbours put all their nasties into the green council bins, no matter what they say I would not like to use the council stuff.

calcified organic seaweed

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 21:16


Peat!  you'll have Monty doing cartwheels down his path if you dare mention Peat!

HE! would use a barrow load or two of riddled leaf mould  to nourish them!

Ps  How I wish I could grow the deep blue Himalayan poppies, it is too warm where I live and they turn out a wishy washy lilac, so I have given up trying to grow them!


The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 21:45


I have tried grobags but were almost a total disaster with me.

As I work and some times have to stay late, on very warm sunny days when I arrived home and checked I found the tomato plants drooping for lack of moisture, this led to blossom end rot on the fruit!

I did not have the same problem at the same time with those planted in the GH borders!

Maybe if they had been looked after all day they might be different!

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 20:02



Notice how the bags are getting smaller, they used to be 120L then 100 then 90 then 80 last year 70 this year 50 and 40L?

Would not be surprised if they end up using 10L plastic buckets like with FBB!



Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:16

So Sweet and White Feather!

Having tried to grow hostas from seed with very little success, all the ones with light coloured leaves die out in the first year and I am then left with ones with dark green leaves which are useless so I compost them!

I tried to get seed from So Sweet but none set any seed, I posted on an American site ,the home of hostas, got back lots of replies very quickly, it was sterile, so just enjoy it as it is!

Got White Feather from Parkers, one of the very few successes from them, even though they were miserable little pieces of stem and some roots! 

They are  not very  vigorous growers by any means but I have propagated them and in the springtime when they are looking good I take them to the Woman's Institute market, they are always snapped up as most people have never seen anything like them!

I always explain to whoever buys them that the lovely cream colours don't last very long before they turn green leaved with cream veins and look miserable!

This never seems to put them off,and I do get some regular customers without complaints!

Another wonderful one is "Fire Island", but it also dies out , even though I bring it into the GH over winter!


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 21:41

With the exception of So Sweet, white and perfumed flowers, most of the rest are washed out mauve colours .

I usually cut them out as soon as they show spikes!

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