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Newbie here, bulb lover

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 13:29

It's time now to be planting summer bulbs such as gladioli, eucomis, lilies, summer hyacinths, acidanthera and tuberous plants such as dahlias, nerines and so on.    Many are not reliably hardy so are best planted in pots that can be taken into shelter for the winter months.

You can also place orders with some online suppliers for spring bulbs to be delivered in the autumns for planting out for next spring's display.

Natural predators

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 13:21

I found a ladybird in some pulmonaria I was potting up for a friend this morning.

Other good aphid predators are tits and sparrows who feed them to their young in huge quantities.   I hang peanut feeders near roses to encourage them to visit and there are more, plus fat balls and loose seed feeders in the veggie plot so they'll come and hoover up caterpillars too later on.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 07:57

I sorted my seed packets recently and I have several kinds of PSB from T&M, Suttons and other suppliers.  Some are early varieties and will crop in autumn but most are for spring crops.     I shall be sowing some of both in a couple of weeks' time.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 07:51

5C on the north wall this morning and sun trying to peak through mixed clouds.   I have a rare coffee morning to go to, hosted at one of my favourite gardens (garden group friends) so have made a coconut carrot cake to take.  Now I just need to pot up a few pulmonarias to take along for another friend starting a new bed after losing some infected ash trees.

This pm will be more decorating.   Almost ready to start painting.  Just a bit more filling to do and all the masking tape but all surfaces now clean and scrubbed and plaster dust almost under control.

Hosta - hope the theatre trip goes well.   DD have a good flight home. Dove - our heating is on all the time but each radiator has a thermostat so only the bathroom ones are actually warm.

I hope everyone who needed it has had a good night's sleep and that everyone has a cracking day.

Late summer/autumn bulbs

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 22:50

I like acidanthera which are a silky white with deep purple throats.  Mine flower in September/October.   They are also called peacock orchids and are a form of gladiolus so need winter protection from heavy frosts.

Agapanthus come in blues and white and, whilst not strictly a bulb as they have fleshy, rhizomatous roots, do very well in pots.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 22:20

Yes, PSB is what I grow.

You can grow samphire from seed, apparently.   Found this after a googl -


Purple sprouting broccoli

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 19:00

Samphire, in season, is sold as standard in supermarkets and fishmongers here.  However, they don't do PSB and nor do the markets or independent greengrocers so I grow my own.

Last year's sowings have survived winter in a sunnier, more sheltered bed than my usual veggies and the last few days of mostly sunny weather mean we should get our first picking this weekend.   Now to decide what to eat with it.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 14:08

Me too.   Possum went for an interview for a student job at a theme park this summer and had to do role play.  She loves that sort of thing and does it well.  However, she lost the plot when the other person returned a pizza for the 6th time but they've employed her anyway to sit in an office and count cash for 4 weeks in July.

Speaking of recipes, I was very surprised to find palm oil listed in an organic Xmas pud from Duchy originals a couple of years ago so didn't buy it.   All those food miles and homeless orangutans!   What's wrong with British butter?

What is your weather like?

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 14:02

Drismal here.   Yesterday OH and I sat outside to eat our lunch and it was warm.  Today started fine but is now grey and damp and cool.   Good decorating weather probably, given that the kitchen needs finishing and putting back together.

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 11:29

I just cut ours in two Sandy and then bend them.   That makes enough "leg" to push into the soil and hold up my echinops which get tall.  You can work it out though - 20 to 30 cms for each leg to go in the ground and another 50 to 80cms for the bent part which goes round the plants (depends on size of clump and tree trunk for bending) and then the height you want times 2.

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