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Better than Wyevale

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 12:56
Verdun says:

Nurseries.......the best online suppliers are specialist nurseries rather than garden centres......are far better than GC's unless a cuppa and a tea cake are also wanted 

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 Specialist suppliers are great if you know roughly what you want but would like to find different varieties for example.  For me at present physical nurseries or GC's are more practical.  We're in the process of redeveloping our garden, and by wandering the nurseries and GCs we can see what is actually in flower, or coming into flower, rather than just working from books.  It also gives the opportunity to spot plants we possibly hadn't even thought of although that can be a double edged,and expensive, sword

The cuppa and tea cake, or any other sort of cake, are obviously a welcome by product.

volume of topsoil

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 12:50

If you can purchase by volume rather than weight you have a much better idea of the quantity you will receive.  Possibly stating the obvious, but wet soil will weigh considerably more than dry(ish). 

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 11:56

If the one near us is anything to go by it won't deteriorate.  It was a good place when it was independent but if anything it is actually better now.  They certainly do stock quite a bit of non garden stuff, but there is no doubting that its predominant theme is gardening.

volume of topsoil

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 11:50

Multiply 5 x 4 x .2 (8 inches being 20 centimetres) comes to 4 cubic metres.

Rose Varieties in your garden

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:42

No roses in my garden at present.  There will be one going in over winter, called Shot Silk.  It's only available bare rooted and was the one my mum had in her wedding bouquet back in 1946.  She had one in her garden for many years but it didn't survive the move to my place when she died.

Hoorah for the Paralympics

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:39

Just saw the clip of the torch bearer taking a tumble.  I liked how fast help was there, but also how quickly they disappeared into the background again once she was back upright.

Better than Wyevale

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:37

Trioscape, near Newent, Gloucestershire.  Still privately owned (I think).  More garden centre than nursery but has some interesting stuff at times.

Bill & ben

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:35

Do a search on "Bill and Ben garden ornaments".  There are loads.

Trimming tree

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:33

Definitely let your neighbour know what you plan to do.  I was planning to remove a hedge and replace it with fencing as the hedge was way past its best and had basically opened up along the top.  The neighbour couldn't physically see the problem 'coz he's only a little fella, but it was really annoying me.

I told him what I wanted to do and he was over the moon.  I hadn't realised how far the top had 'opened' over his garden, and he hadn't wanted to say anything!  Result we are both happy, and have more garden to work with.

Moisture metre

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 19:29
linzijayne74 says:

Hello all!  I've posted on here previously about whether I'm overwatering/underwatering my outdoor plants (and a few of you were kind enough to respond, thank you).  Well, a couple of weeks ago I happened upon a Moisture Metre in Wilko's and thought I'd give it a go; with it being just £4 I thought I didn't have much to lose.  I can report I'm really pleased with it (so far, anyway!).  One of my potted Echinaceas looked quite dry on the top of the soil the other day but when I inserted my metre to root level, it was actually wet.  (It also has a pH metre and 'light' metre on it too).  Just thought I'd share with anyone who maybe wanted to take the guesswork out of plant watering, or who is just interested to know what's going on underneath that soil!  :)

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 You have done really well on the price.  In my local garden centre today they were a penny short of £20 each, not multifunction.

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