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Posted: 08/08/2012 at 15:04

This has been a bad year for every gardener no matter where they are in GB, even though all gardens seem to be drowning I was very surprised to find dry places and pots when I check daily so in pouring rain had to water some plants, we also had more sun and heat than we thought which quickly dried things up depending on the drainage of any particular garden.
The gardens you mention are laid down from new with correct drainage and also the needs of the plants to be grown so they do have an advantage, we mere mortals have what we got when we bought the place we live in. My house was new build, (well thirty years ago now) I knew what was under the top soil so dug out drainage channels and put down deep gravel which sent the excess water downhill from me, it has paid off over the years, as with all things it is in the preparation, usually hard work but worth it in the end.

How do i Store lily bulbs??

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 14:46

Alex, depends on what kind of Lilium, there are many types and various rooting systems, most are just left in the ground over winter, in any case most of them need to be in the ground or pots by Autumn.
Stored bulbs shrivel and if you buy shop or garden centre bulbs it is best to rest them in damp peat or compost to bulk up again.
All you needed to do was dig down to the bulb remove any bulbils (Tiny Plates attached to the main bulb)  then refresh the soil around and above the bulb and place in a shelter spot until they start to show leaf.
I lift mine every three years divide them up and spread them out replanting them as I go, Any bulbils taken should be put into pots in a sheltered space and left to grow on around three years to flowers depending on type.
Refresh the soil with half compost and half loam and grit mixed then replant the bulbs put them in a sheltered place and they will show in spring, do not over water, stick a finger in the pot and it should have just a bit of the fibre on it, if the finger is muddy let them dry out a bit. Few plants need much water in winter just damp is enough.
Hope this helps but you can bet there will be other thoughts on this, we all have our ways.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 13:39

Here on Teesside I watched the biggest blackest cloud slowly wander overhead and vanish out to sea, that would have been some storm had it happened. It is now sunny and warm with some white cloud. The hills are looking bright and sunny after what appeared to be a real purple patch last night, well it looked very purple from my viewpoint ten miles away, I was saying to myself poor "Rain" she is getting it again.
Just had a bowl full of home made soup, roasted squash and veg,.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 10:34

Had some nice holidays in Tenby, good luck with the move.
Teesside today is blue sky above and to the north, the odd errant white puff ball cloud to the south and a bit darker stuff heading out to sea.
"Rains" Hills ten miles away are bright with sun so she will not be standing outside like King Canute trying to turn back the tide of water.
Not too much to do so may call up the road to our local nursery and peruse the plants (why does perusing mean you come away with empty pockets).


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Posted: 06/08/2012 at 23:50


Unlike Andy's gold yesterday, Frank.  Or the gold for the show jumping.  Nick Skelton has been jumping for longer than I've been watching the sport on TV.  At last he's been rewarded.  But all these Olympics are doing nothing for my garden, the weeds and the dead-heading!

Posh Having a daughter in law as a show jumper got you into some rare company as we followed the local and some national shows, we never missed the Great Yorkshire Show renowned for the jumping. Ted Edgar Harvey Smith and many more.
Nick Skelton was one of Edgar's young riders and certainly a bit of a lad in his time. I was glad to see him come back and win his Olympic medal, that took guts.
More medals today although TV was out until tea time as the grandchildren were here, we had a good thunder storm which they watched and then sunshine right up to sunset, came in a bit cool though, the clouds coming from the west were belting out to sea at a rate of knots so clear skies tomorrow then???


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Posted: 06/08/2012 at 14:22

Sunshine and blue sky for a while then heavy rain and back to sunshine.
Had the grandchildren playing happily in the garden until we got a clap of thunder, they sat in the conservatory watching the rain. It is all heading for the North Sea thank goodness although the Cleveland Hills looked a bit dubious.


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Posted: 05/08/2012 at 23:03

Mainly sun today not that it mattered i spent most of the time in the Velodrome and at the Boat racing, tonight was again special even though the medals were not going our way.
My Daughter in California said she is disgusted with American TV, they are only showing American winners and medal ceremonies, I told her they never did like to see others doing a proper job of things.
Just found out they have had heavy rain and flooding around Newcastle again, the same places as last time, I feel so sorry for them.
Well Posh, your Andy got his medals without my help, I was busy pushing Clancy around the Cycle track, hard work at my time of life.
My first Olympics took part whilst I was up to my ears in sand, I knew nothing of it, the next was radio and newspapers then B&W TV but we did have one of the first colour TV's and that made the Olympics special and they have been ever since, that's is when I was home to see them.



Posted: 05/08/2012 at 10:40

Seeds and cuttings do not need rich mixes and will make root in just sand mixed with grit, as soon as they have a root system they need a richer mix so they can make growth.
My own mix is one third compost, one third fine grit and one third washed sand, put the cuttings around the edge of the pot, I usually put in five and then water.
With some seed I use a quarter compost then three quarters fine grit and washed sand, as soon as the seedlings have two true leaves I pot on to a one third mix then later to half compost half sand and grit.
This is what experience tells me works and I would think MD will use similar, he covers his Herb cuttings turning the plastic bag each day I never cover having found it sometimes detrimental causing die off.
Hope this helps.


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Posted: 05/08/2012 at 09:40

Not to worry David, there is enough red white and blue flying to last a Century, a golden day indeed.
We also had a golden day well most of it, a couple of heavy showers in the evening that only lasted minutes but I was glued to the TV so it mattered not.
At around the time Mo won the ten thousand metres there was one heck of an explosion, running to the window to see what it was the sky was lit up with fireworks from Stockton's Festival, me being on a hill and Stockton riverside being in a valley three miles away it was a free show.
Posh, if the tennis is all that is showing I will be on the sofa asleep, tennis does for me what sheep do for others.

PS "Oh I forgot" another sunny morning on Teesside up to now.

GW memories 1991

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 13:38

I love Carol a real plants woman who knows her stuff. I am sure she was on ITV before the BBC as I have memory of her in Birmingham or Manchester either the parks or allotments the programme was about vegetables.
The difference at Glebe Cottage then and now is quite dramatic, the bushes in the clip now mature trees and the lawn has vanished, less crowded back then you cannot move for pots these days. I cannot argue with that, as you get older pots are much easier to work on and the garden can be changed by adding or removing pots in bloom.
Thanks David, nice to see Geof again too.


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