philippa smith2

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is it a con?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 18:28

Gardeniglilly...........Robinsons are certainly a good make.  I'd be sceptical about any further reductions "for winter".

In my experience, all the retail outlets simply store their winter "excess" and then put it on sale again in the Spring.  Gone are the days when they actually sell off their stock as such.  It could be that the prices are as cheap as they can afford. 

If you think you have a good deal, I'd be tempted to bite the bullet and buy. If interest rates are set to rise next year, so may prices.  Just a thought.

Best of luck anyway


is it a con?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 18:11

I don't think there is a single item on this planet which isn't "reduced" "on summer sale" or on "winter sale".

Just as an example........well known double glazing firms will offer massive discounts....what they don't tell you is that they start their prices from the ridiculous.  Something like £25 k for a house......they then offer a reduction of 50 % which is still way too much.  You can get them down to £7 k and less if they are keen.

Greenhouses can be similar.........look around and compare (but make sure you compare like for like ).  Everyone is after your business.

With a G/H..........always buy the biggest you have the space and budget will fill it in no time. Think about the aesthetics (wood or aluminium and hard or soft wood ....hard wood is more expensive but less maintenance ).

Boring as it may be, you have to do some research.  Good luck

Which Cornish Garden to visit in September?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:47

Maybe still has a bit more impact than your average house tho.

I heard recently that Persimmon and Charles Church housing developments are falling apart before they even got flat roof.....just simply bad design..........I doubt whether anyone will think they are worth preserving for the future.

Having said that, I think Dove is just looking for a good place to visit so I'll shut up now




Any ideas please.....

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:29

Phygelius are very hard to kill..........I used to have the yellow flowered "Yellow Trumpet".......spreads well and more attractive than the reds IMO..........if that is what you have, you may want to consider curbing it's tendency to spread

Which Cornish Garden to visit in September?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:23 really like the Elephant House and the other little concrete job at Whipsnade better than Drogo ??

Drogo is the rich man's idea of a castle........more money than sense I grant you ( hence the flat roof problem ) but I always think it has a certain impact.

Actually, I preferred it as it was in the '80s..........dark and brooding..........but the NT saw fit to make a new car park, install the ever ubiquitous shop, etc. and for me, it has lost some of it's charm.

Still think it's worth a visit tho if you are passing

Which Cornish Garden to visit in September?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:04

Lanhydrock and Cotehele are both sumptuous and well worth a visit. Gardens and House. 

Having visited and followed the Eden Project since it's inception, I would advise a visit if you have never been.  A little run down in places, it is still worth the time just to admire the sheer scale and ingenuity.

If you pass Castle Drogo (Devon......not far off the M5 )........that is also worth a visit.  The exterior has been recently refurbished ( I think it is finished now ) but is a real gem............and an eye opener for anyone dealing with a flat roof problem 

banna plants,

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:50

Yes.....polytunnel or G/H sees them right.  Planted outside just needs a little more attention I've found.

I always remember being impressed by Bob Flowerdew picking his own bananas in East Anglia

banna plants,

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:40

Might be worth checking which Banana plant you have.  I think Basjoo is hardier than most.

As you are in the south west, a good mulch/protection over winter should suffice.

Using Damson Sauce

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:36

I have about 8 kilos of Damsons to do something with this year.

I'm using 5 or 6 to make jam but thought I'd use the rest for Damson sauce.

Problem is...........what to use the sauce with ?

I'd thought it may go well with venison but does anyone have any other ideas/recommendations ?

Any tips greatly appreciated.

I have a dreadful wind problem!

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 17:57

It is somewhat easier to plan for wind devastation...............coastal/salty wind is more of a problem

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