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GW free tulips in oct issue

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 07:50

No they were'nt for England and Wales only Blairs.

I got an email this morning to say mine have been dispatched.

GW free tulips in oct issue

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 21:26

Has anyone received their tulips yet?

Can I repot my Acer now?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:53

I bought one in November last year. It was Acer Palmatum but I don't know more than that. It was in a 2ltr pot and I planted it within a week of getting it, into a good sized 4ltr pot with some home made leaf mould added to the compost. It has done great and settled into it's new home well.


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:33

Patrevili Ginglygangly I empathise, I had real bother getting mine out a month or so ago. I did manage it with great difficulty. One got divided into 4 but it was with brute force and not an easy job. I had to use a shovel, knife and forks in the end. I won't leave it as long next time. They really need dividing every 3 years or so I think.


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:28

Obelixx I have a Paniculata Grandiflora bought this year. Is it pruned back in springtime?

Sweet Pea seedlings

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:26

I grow autumn sown sweetpea every year and have done for years. I leave them outside all winter long, let most of them germinate outside and never see the inside of a growhouse or coldframe. Mine grow below the windowledge or on the windowledge where the rain that we have so much of, does'nt tend to flood them.

They can easily withstand frosts although not prolonged frosts. I've only ever lost them once and that was the year the frost lasted for 3 weeks or so at one time. I lost them then because I was away from home and they could'nt thaw out enough to water.

In my humble opinion sweetpea sown in autumn make much stronger and healthier plants than those sown in late winter or early spring, although I do sow then as well to prolong the season and just because I can.


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:18

I've been growing the dwarf buddlea Buzz for the past few 4 years of so. I cut it back by about a third at this time of year to stop it rocking in any winter winds and right down in springtime. Mine has thrived for me. I've got it growing in a large pot and this way I've managed to keep it at a manageable size.

Bird food

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:02

Dovefromabove, I've tried putting a tray underneath but it still turns into a disgusting mess.

No real answer I think, still whatever the mess it's worth it to see the Goldfinch every day.

Bird food

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 20:33

I use sunflower hearts and they're still messy, the Goldfinch and Tits who eat it seem to drop as much as they eat and it's very expensive to buy. It's worth it 'tho to see them so many times during the day.

My problem is that the seeds they drop seem to go mouldy quite quickly on the ground. I've tried putting down something so I can just lift the lot and bin them but because of the position it's too difficult. Any suggestions?

Overwintering lilies

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 19:56

I also try to leave mine in a sheltered spot outside, still in their pots over the winter every year and have done since I started growing them many years ago.

Most of them make it through to the following year unless we get an awful lot of rain. I would advise raising the pots off the ground if you're not leaving them on soil to help them drain.





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