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Spring plants!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 10:57

I have over a dozen of the Midwinter Fire in my own woodland corner.  Started with one plant which grew well but was in the wrong spot for deepest winter visibility so several year ago I moved it to where it gets more winter sun and I can see it from my usual perch on the sofa.

Hadn't realised that it suckers so the next spring I dug out a dozen new babies from its original spot and put some in the new woodland corner and the rest were potted up to give away.  I found another half dozen the following spring.  Last year loads more which I'm afraid I binned after giving two away.   This year there's just the one, bang in the middle of a clump or monarda/bergamot I've been nurturing so I've just pruned that one back to the soil.

The one I have in the front suckers happily too.   I find they don't take to hard pruning like the alba sibirica so now I just take out a third of the stems each year and cut the rest back to a shape.  Too much sulking otherwise and thin spindly growth which is not pretty.

Spring plants!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 09:47

White snowdrops look fab planted near the bright red forms of cornus so see if you can find some plants in local garden centres and nurseries.   You can gradually split and spread them over the years to make a carpet.

Native bluebells?  Not the broader leaved Spanish ones but the real, fine, blue English bluebell.   



Lost Seed Order!!

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 16:29

I hope they turn out to be a good range of seeds.   Just think, next year you'll know to order directly from DT Brown but have alook too at Chiltern's catalogue and Plant World Seeds - good range and good service.   Good catalogues too and online.

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:31

I have.   But you said you knew little about marketing so how have you arrived at a target market and how do you plan to sell to them?

Is this a 'smoke bush'?

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:30

The info is there on the link I gave you.

Is this a 'smoke bush'?

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:17

It is cotinus coggygria - 

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:15

I suggest you have a look at the B&Q site yourself rather than relying on other people's market research which may have been based on other criteria than yours.   Lots of models over 150 quid on here - 


Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 11:51

The grey pound is the spending power of middle aged and older people who, having kids off their hands and the mortgage paid up, have more spending power than younger people - assuming they own their own property and have more than a state pension to live on which is quite a lot of people.

They're going to want a lawn mower that is sturdy, does the job without fuss, will last a good while, is easy to maintain, has adequate power not to require huge muscle mass to push around and probably a mulching setting that means they don't have to keep emptying a grass collector.   They'll also want an easy scarifying option if they do take care of their lawns.

They'll probably have bought their houses in an era when gardens were bigger than postage stamps so lawns will be larger so I think your range of models is very restrictive and your upper price range is really very low.

If you're after inventing a new lawn mower you really do need to think about your target market and thus your marketing.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 10:12

Lizzie - ditch the growmore and give it some pelleted chicken manure or blood fish and bone which will also feed soil organisms and thus improve the soil.  Give it some rose food too and some drinks of liquid rose or tomato food which will promote flowers.    

Mine has flowered well this year after almost being wiped out by heavy frosts and snow in the winter of 12-13.  Last winter was mild so it kept the few new stems it had put on and grew loads more last year and is flowering beautifully.

Caral - there's only me and OH at home most of the time so I use the scientists and the dance club to experiment with new recipes for when I do a charity bake.   My latest finds are chocolate cherry muffins, banana, apple and pecan cake and a honey, parsnip and coconut cake.  All scrumptious. 

No gardening as yet today.  It's persisting down after another wild, wet and windy night.

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 09:59

I've done it too but I thought the options and range was rather limited.  Clearly haven't heard of the power of the grey pound or the desire for higher performance from one's time and tools.

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