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Posted: 02/10/2013 at 16:25

Hi Puncdoc, my lucifer isn't big enough to split yet but I've thrown some seeds where I'd like to see more of it (well better than just composting, you never know). Havent counted bulbs yet but will be nowhere near!

Candelabra primula I have for the first time this year, bought it when it was finishing so just able to see what beauty it will give  next year. Nice to know it will spread. Pink geraniums galore, not considered removing some - now there's an idea (duh).

Was thinking of getting some nepeta too...hang on, do we have the same garden here? just I'm a few years back in a time warp?



Posted: 02/10/2013 at 14:00

Contemplating new season... new greenhouse as well.

Also lots of questions where to , how to overwinter dif things.

I have put two new threads on today for the above. Plans, plans plans.

almost feeling like i've too much time on my hands, well I've put the iron down (again)!

Lots of space cleared in borders, mainly dug out montbretia. Now need to plan and hopefully use cuttings in spring to make nice big spreads (no not food) that's if they survive winter.

I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 13:27

OK my attempt at quiz question ;

           The most important thing about your gardening tools is:

a. Remembering whom you loaned them to. b. Remembering in the spring where you left them in the fall. c. Remembering whom you borrowed them from. d. All of the Above

                                                  A Bud is:

a. A regular guy. b. A regular beer. c. A small swelling on a plant from which a leaf or flower grows.

                                              True or False

Aloe is a friendly greeting exchanged by neighborhood gardeners.


I'll get my coat....


green house design, advice and experiences please

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 12:56

I would like my husband to tailor make a green house for me and need your suggestions to hopefully get it right first time.


length 6' (183cm)

depth 2' (60cm)

height 5' (152cm)

The depth could be deeper but I assume I'll loose light for plants at the back.

The height may need a rethink as I've not taken opening clearance into consideration.


I intend to ask for 3 shelves, wooden slats, which will be height adjustable, the bottom shelf will be in 3 sections so I can put a heater in the middle but keep a shelf either side. (not sure yet about what size the heater will need to be or is available??)


one or two split in 2 at the top ???

front opening doors, but ideally a design which may maintain space in front such as sliding doors??


not sure what to ask for here, glass, plastic, double glazing ???


i've only had a plastic portable type greenhouse before so any ideas would be really welcome ... what have I missed???

Thank you.










Over wintering HELP

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 12:43

Thanks Dove,

I thought you had a grow house from previous posts, it's the same one that I have put on my birthday list. My garage has plenty of light as we have replaced the original single back door with a double full glass patio door, at the time for access of equipment.( I used to put a curtain over to hide the contents but dont bother any more.)

Thanks Woody,

Salvia hot lips overwintered last year in the ground no problem but stressful!

You have me thinking again, maybe OH is right and I need him to make me one which I can fill brim full! So I've been out with tapemeasure in hand  and will ask for

length 6' depth 2' (can be deeper but will cut out light?) height 5', --- 3 slatted shelves, the bottom one in 3 pieces so I can fit a heater between, all removable and adjustable heights, ---- double glazed panels (need advice) --- window to open at top with adjusters, front opening doors (any suggestions to help retain space in front of greenhouse? ' sliding doors etc?)

Will post greenhouse design on new thread

Still not sure which plants to do what with, can some of them stay outside?



Over wintering HELP

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 11:25

Last year I overwintered plug plants in a plastic greenhouse which I moved into the garage for extra frost protection.

OH says he is not happy to have plants in the garage as there is insufficient ventilation, causing condensation and consequent damage. I can't argue with that so I need a solution please.

I quite like the little glass and wood 'grow houses'.

But would a grow house be warm enough, when/why would I need a heater? When would I need to open/close the windows?

I don't want to spend too much (but birthday coming up), also bubble wrapping the inside of the plastic thing sounds fiddly.

I assume it will be too warm in the house (no consevatory).

I don't have a suitable site against a house/warm wall but have sheltered areas under trees.

I'm not sure when to use various products ; cold frame, greenhouse, cloche, fleece.

Please help me decide what to do and what to buy to protect the following plants.


2.allium hairy green (that's whats on the label!)

3. evening primrose

4.salvia hot lips

5.salvia patio deep blue .... I think this one is too tender for outside???

6. penstemon garnet

7.cerinthe kiwi blue (2"high with 4 stems, quite healthy at the moment, seed sown wrong time of year I think)???

8.eryngium (may already have been eaten by slugs or gone to sleep for winter,I can't tell which)

9. alstromeria psittacina 'Royal Star' --- This is my favourite, there have been no side shoots (only leaves) to take cuttings, the seeds don't seem to be drying out (still green). It has started to die back. it's in the ground so I was hoping to use a cloche bell but no idea really.



Posted: 02/10/2013 at 10:29

Stacey - a few words is all we need to brighten our outlook, what a lovelt taxi driver.

Gilly I'm sure MIL had a great sence of humour, anenomie indeed! i cant spell it never mind say it!

Dove, sorry youre not well today, hope youre better in time for your next day off.


Verdun - you have a job list :

1. photos (we don't mind you having to go out in the rain to take them)

2. change profile pic to the green man suggested (was it BL?  I loose track)

3. continue sharing your wisdom

4. have a nice day (when you have completed the above...)


Opened the curtains today and couldn't work out what was happening, the ground was dark, the plants were greener, silvery lines dropping from the sky. Anyone know what it is? Could I have caused it by watering the garden last night? or is it my fault for doing the washing? I have a vague deja vue feeling about it but just can't put my finger on what it is...



Posted: 02/10/2013 at 07:31
Had detention which has made me run late....catch up later
Good morning x

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 07:30
Detention - just to say that my smileys (when using phone ) have disappeared.
Story of my life, and it seems others on here.
Verdun, sorry to hear about your sis, must still be difficult after the years, its good you can have conversations with her son and it doesn't matter if they skim the surface or go deep, its the acknowledgement that you both are thinking, hurting, remembering and especially that both of you are there for each other should the need arise. x

I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 07:21
Love this idea of a thread, will get ny notebook out over next few days and list all those questions I forget to ask. Sorry spent ages trying to think of a funny quiz question and failed, promise to add some to my list. X

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