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Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 15:14

You would need to differentiate between a Nursery and a Garden Centre.

I would expect a good nursery to raise the majority of the plants on sale and be knowledgeable and willing to offer advice, etc.  Compost and pots and maybe even tools but not facilities such as cafes, and definitely not items which have little to do with actual gardening.

A good Garden Centre can be hard to find these days IMO.  Too many concentrate on other things to the detriment of a good plant stock. It is increasingly noticeable that plants are being squeezed out to allow for huge displays of general tat.  If you are lucky, you may find the odd member of staff who knows one end of a plant from the other.  There are still some good Garden Centres but they are becoming a rarity.  Apologies to the good ones

The One Show - Quirky Gardens

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 15:01

Now there's a thought Bob


Posted: 09/01/2015 at 14:57

I had wondered why Fishy had suddenly swum off .  Glad he is ok  

Vine weevils

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 19:13

I am not aware that the use of Provado entails submerging pots in the liquid.  A thorough watering of those plants at risk is sufficient IMO.  Avoid using this when plants are flowering ( or will flower within the time limit ) which at least ensures as  much as possible that you are not affecting pollinating insects.

Nothing will totally rid you of Vine Weevil for all time......control rather than extermination is the best you can do. Lifting and thoroughly cleaning those plants you suspect may be infected is a control method.  Whoever said gardening was easy ? 


Room 101

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:44

BLizzie........yes, I think that is what Charlie was referring to.  I've just heard from my old neighbours in France today......all safe thank God.

I suppose that's another thing for 101........fanatics of any persuasion.

The One Show - Quirky Gardens

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:39

If The One Show is anything to go by, I do wonder what you mean by "quirky and unusual" gardens ?

I don't think it is a Gardener you should be looking for........just a "celebrity" with grand ideas and more money than sense......... and of course, a mind numbing autobiography, new TV show or WHY to promote.......much more in keeping with the style of the programme I think.

Sorry "Guys" of luck


Room 101

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:19

OMG.........I've never heard of most of those.  If you watch all those programmes, when do you get time to garden ?

It would have been quicker to just put "TV"  I think

What about Radio ?  Going downhill rapidly IMO.  Not even "Today" can resist the dumbing down syndrome.

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:08

Obelixx...........I'd wholeheartedly agree with that.  Done with some awareness of the environment you are working in,  it can enhance.  I was just shocked that Malvern would even countenance let alone advertise such a horror


Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:46

Just in from the garden and the resident Robin is still singing his heart out in the big Elder tree.

Always last for a quick wash in the Bird Bath and always last to sing

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:43

Hate to be a grouch but if the wall shown above was a serious idea at the Malvern Show, then perhaps the organisers need to have a serious re-think about things.  It looks absolutely dreadful.  Some of the individual pieces are probably quite attractive but as displayed ???

Mirror or not, I much prefer your wall Obelixx  

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