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Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:24

Alan doesn't move (on this page, Salino) and whilst not exactly eye candy, is at least -  ummm - innocuous   (btw I'm a great fan of his on Saturday mornings on Classic fm - perhaps the sound is better than the visual???)


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:21

Bit of a computer numpty here - what's Ablocker and where do I get it!  (Help!  Me eyes are crossing as I type and the ad scrolls up and down!!)


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:16

I don't have a problem with advertisements, after all, they help to fund this site - but every time I come on to the GW site, the wretched B & Q advert is right there!  On the right of the screen.  And moving.  It scrolls down.  It is a visual distraction.  It is driving me mad!  Surely it could be static at least? 

experiences with free offers of plants

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 18:56

Indeed, Steve - If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.  Ah, well, we all have to learn the lesson, albeit rather late in life for me. 

Better to buy quality locally than hope for anything from one of these "deals".  What a shame - gardeners would be singing the praises of a company than lived up to the hype - and the best form of advertising is word of mouth (or word of message board in this case).

I wonder if the company/ies involved will ever learn that lesson?



experiences with free offers of plants

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 17:12

I ordered free lilies from a Daily Telegraph offer, and was tempted at the same time to order five dark burgundy ones.  There was a terrible delay in their being sent - didn't arrive until May.  I potted them up - and some are showing good growth.  Whether or not they will flower this year is debateable, given the lateness of planting.

Not the suppliers' fault, but two out of five were chomped by slugs, so only three potential flowers.  And I hadn't realised until after I had planted them that they had sent "Black Charm" rather than "Black Night" (leastways, that's what I think they were meant to be - I can't put my hands on the original order).

The free lilies are showing a bit of growth - but only about half of them are doing anything.  I don't think I'll be seduced by such offers again. And it was T & M who seem to be behind a lot of these "offers"

Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:19

Supernoodle - I had to think about that for a minute or two - and then realised the unfortunate juxtaposition of my post with the one immediately before it!   

I wish I could lay claim to having planned it as a joke! 

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:33

An aunt of mine thought she was the fount of all gardening knowledge.  Helpfully, she would point out the deficiencies of seed packets, insisting that "they" had got it wrong, and that the plants were not as illustrated.  Linum was one such plant, I recall, and I had (painfully) to bite my tongue rather than argue!  btw I suspect she was a witch in her spare time

She also insisted, but insisted, that aquilegias were not Grannies' Bonnets.  She reserved that description for Monkshood,  (More tongue biting here, all the more so since her daughter, my cousin, is following in her (dis)honourable mother's footsteps )

Lilac, especially white lilac, was supposed to be unlucky, and hospital staff would refuse to place it on the wards.  And red and white flower combinations were supposedly a reflection of the purity and blood of the death of Christ.  Funnily enough, that persisted (and may still do, for all I know) in many churches, and you rarely, if ever, see red and white flower arrangements in church. 

Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:11

I have always found them to be very robust.  I would sort of comb them through my fingers (if that makes sense) to lift the leaves a bit, and insert twiggy supports in between.  The leaves would then have a chance of being more upright, and the flowers would also have a bit of support. 

Hope that helps!

Any apples yet?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 19:31

Sorry to say, Gareth, but if you don't have fruit setting now, there will be no "late harvest". 

Ah, well - that's the way it goes!  Glut one year, famine the next.  We gardeners just have to go with the flow.

Any apples yet?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 18:54

Now you come to mention it - a very poor fruit set on my apple tree, too.  And I expected great things, given the absence of frost etc.  I can only assume that the insect pollinators had been adversely affected at the critical time.

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