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Latest posts by JIMMMY

What the heck - my purse isn't big enough - but one can dream

Posted: 18/12/2013 at 21:08



Re double hellebore's, they are a very poor second to singles, I bought my first lot from Ashwood which were singles and the second lot which included the doubles from Harvington.

 Hellebore's grow very strongly with me, I divide them using my grandads very sharp spade!  They seed all over the place, which i transplant into rows to grow on! though it takes between two years, if i'm lucky and three for them to flower and see if the colours are worth keeping as there is a lot of wishy washy pinky, lilacy colours, not worth keeping!

I sell them at the garden club,WI and a local market, the best selling colour is a deep purple, a lot of which turned up in  one years seedlings and I have grown and divided ever since!

I have some single and double whites out at the moment as well as a double pink which is not a great colour!


Can I say?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 17:50


There is a song "It Ain't what you do it's the way you do it" by Bananarama which could be changed for  "It not what you say but the way that you say it!"

Sometimes we all take things out of context, especially if some one posts about how they like some vegetable or flower plant and another person posts that they have tried it and it was useless or horrible, then it becomes personal and an insult when all it was was a different view point after all!

It pays to have a thick skin sometimes!


Dangers in your compost

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 21:24


Was watching Dad's Army, Mr Godfrey said on it, a gentleman always wears "white gloves"!

Only problem, my white gloves have rubber dimples on the palms and fingers!

Autumn Cauli's

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 20:50

Have been harvesting Aut cauli's Pavilion for a couple of weeks now!

When they are planted out in July time, usually I lose most to cabbage root fly with a few days, even though I use collars which are supposed to help!

This year I made my own from left over vinyl floor covering, six inches square and they have worked wonders, I did not lose a single plant out of the 24 I planted!

They are very sweet, not like the "rusty nail" taste which is often the case of bought ones!

Anyway the neighbours are happy!

Gardeners world

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 21:42



"I know nothing about hemp!

Is it a grass?

Grear British Bake Off judge  Mary Berry.

organic starting soil

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 00:05

Leafmould ?

What planet do these people live on?

The only way to get it is if you were to own a forest or else are Monty Don!

I have never seen leafmould or seen it for sale!

Gardeners world

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 20:13


I hope Verdun "YOU" are not smoking grass, or else we might be visiting you in the local nick!


Gardeners world

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 22:46


GQT, a few years ago they recorded a session at our club,we had to be there early, ask questions clearly, no west country accents and definately no clapping, then at the end they went over some questions etc a second time!

Being there it was definately off putting and not very exciting!

When I heard the actual broadcast, well it was marvellous, nothing like what I had sat through and very enjoyable!

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 20:51


Was doing stewarding at our Garden show on Sat, so had lots of time to chat to the exhibitors "AND" pick their brains.

It was actually the worst supported show ever produce wise according to those who have been there for a long time, terrible growing season for the exhibitors!

I mentioned Wild Swan and one of them said he had bought from T&M last year, terrible plug plants was sent, they died almost immediately, T&M said they would replace them this year,they then informed him it would be the end of Sept before they would be sent out, he was still waiting on Sat!

Another one said he had bought 5 giant plugs from Hayloft, when they arrived, three were only stems with no roots pushed into sodden compost, the other 2 were more dead than alive with brown dead roots!

He informed Hayloft and they immediately replaced them, but the second lot were no better, no living roots on any of the plugs!

He has potted them up but at the moment none appears to be trying to grow according to him, he has taken some from their plugs to check, no roots etc, just mush!

The first one said he thought there must be some thing wrong with them as his pal had the same problem!

If this is serious growers and exhibitors thoughts,  what chance have other less experienced gardeners got if they cannot get them to grow first time?

T&M and now Hayloft, it must cost them a fortune in replacing plants that should never have been sent out in the first place!


Gardeners world

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 23:26


I'm afraid it's down to the lowest common denominator, when last did anyone on the programme do anything original or difficult!

No new or different flowers or veggies to whet my appitite!

And as for the dog,well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Autumn Cauli's

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Anemone Wild Swan

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Grafted Tomato Plants!

Are they worth the cost? 
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