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Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:10 have to tie yourself to the fence........I think it's known as "Extreme Gardening"  If its any consolation, just as well you did it today as it seems set to be even windier in the next couple of days.

Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:49

I wouldn't worry Connie........most bulbs know what to do.  The exceptionally mild weather has thrown many plants into flowering at odd periods, etc.  Once the temps drop, as they are sure to do before too long, your bulbs will adjust.

If the whole plant world suddenly goes awry, not much any of us can do anyway.  I expect you will still get the spring display you were hoping for.........a little early or a little late ?  Unknown just have to wait and see and enjoy it when it arrives

tomato recommendations

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:39

Black Cherry is bigger Barbara.........nice colour, good flavour  There are so many varieties these days and people's idea of flavour differs so much.  Decisions, decisions

Experienced Help for Career Guidance

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:33

Your school or college should be able to offer you some career guidance even if only to point you in the right direction.  A good Horticultural/Land Based Studies College may be something to look at too.

It may also be worth trying to find Garden Designers/Landscape Gardeners local enough to you and seeing whether they would be willing to offer you some experience whilst you are still doing your A levels.  Plenty of garden centres/nurseries also undertake design and landscape work and may be willing to offer you some practical experience.  Doing odd gardening jobs for friends and neighbours would also give you some experience ( and hopefully some good recommendations ) to put on your CV. 

You don't say how long you have been "into" practical gardening but I imagine you are fully aware that  a good knowledge of plants is essential for your chosen career.  Sadly, there seem to be a good many "Garden Designers" these days who consider actual living plants to be incidental to their designs.  You sound far too sensible to fall into that trap tho.

Good luck with your ambitions and hope to see you at Chelsea one day 

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:07

I think you might find the answer under the thread "Lost Garden Tools"........everything from full sized Spades or Forks down to Secateurs only discovered when someone started their Shredder up

Some people are frightfully good and tidy......always finishing a job and putting their tools to bed at the end of each day.  Others ( like myself ) start a job with one tool, find another job to do using a different tool and then.....well......just lose track of where they ( and their tools ) were last so give up and go to bed with the best intention of hunting them down the following day

tomato recommendations

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:57

Black Cherry is a good one too  Sungold is also well worth while but maybe a bit smaller than you require.

I have some cyclemen bulbs will they grow now? :)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:52

Similar to snowdrop, anemone, etc.........bags of dried bits usually = disappointment but the garden centres still continue to sell them.............usually accompanied by pics of beautiful flowers to look forward to......baah

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:45

I was told by a local council Environmental person ( aka a Rat Man I suppose ), that if there was only the odd one or two, the best method was to clear any food stations and  stop putting out any food for the birds for 3 weeks or so. The rats would then move off to another kind person's property.  It did seem to work

I have some cyclemen bulbs will they grow now? :)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:23 Nutcutlet says.....nothing to lose.  However, I was looking around a couple of nurseries yesterday and noticed some lovely ones...........the corms at least 4" in diameter and only £4.50.  They were still in growth so seemed an excellent bargain to me

Green tomatoes

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:18

Same subject but different plant.....i.e. Sweet Peppers.  I recall asking earlier this year if anyone had tried the bull horn variety sold in Sainsbury's and Lidl's as Palermo and whether it would come true as I suspected it would be an F1.  I was told that someone had purchased similar but from Tesco altho they were unsure of the actual variety.  In any event, they said their fruit from saved seed had come true.

I checked out Palermo and it is an F1 saved seeds produced decent Bullhorn peppers but as I was late doing them, few ripened successfully on the plant.  They were certainly edible but I'd say they were not as smooth skinned as the original.

Just out of curiosity, I did check around and found that Palermo F1 seeds are available..........can't recall offhand who was selling them.  As Italophile says, there are several Green tom varieties available.  I don't know how popular they are in the UK but certainly when I lived in S. Europe, they were often preferred to the more familiar red toms.


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