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East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 14:40

I won't... 

I've about half a dozen small plants for Wonky (or you if you want them) - you might want to bring a box or something to put them in 

East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 14:33

I'll put it in Nut (there might actually be 2 in the pot if anybody wants to split it on the day).

We should be there by 11.30 Dove. If we're very early we might be in the coffee shop

Did warn Maggie that there are always weather warnings when I go on a Forum outing. The met office has not let me down for tomorrow  

East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 13:55

Right - that's everything sorted for tomorrow - fuel, wellies, wellie-getter-offer, hat, gloves, scarf and a box of plants packed. Can't wait...

Maggie and Panda. If there are any changes to either of your plans tomorrow morning can you contact me by phone or text please (might not be able to look in here tomorrow) and I'll do the same.

Otherwise I'll see you both as planned. Panda - we should be out the front of the station around 5 past.

Does anybody want some Ben Connan blackcurrant rooted cuttings and / or Sambucus "Black Lace" ? Have no idea why I bothered to do them because I have no need of them whatsoever ...

Thought I'd thrown them out - but found them this morning. So if anybody can use them or knows somebody who can ...


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 07:21
Morning all.

Chilly, pink start to the day but nowhere near as cold as yesterday. Apparently there were over 23 minor accidents on black ice yesterday morning in Norfolk & Suffolk. Makes you wonder if they did any gritting.... Have never seen a gritting lorry on the lanes round here & they still rely on the farmers to help with clearing the roads if there is an accumulation of snow. I think they used to be paid a small fee but maybe not now. Most of them still turn out though for the benefit of the community.

Didnt make it to Maldon yesterday - finished up looking at camper vans & motor homes. OH will probably retire in abt 18 mths & wants a toy to run away in to do lots of walking & photography. He has a bike & a tent but wants something for the winter. We are also planning some extended tours in Europe - and I'm not going back to a tent.... no way!

Today I'm getting stuff ready for our snowdrop trip tomorrow Really loking forward to meeting up with everyone again.


Posted: 16/02/2016 at 10:34

Morning - lovely sparkly day here - but very cold.

OH has just announced we're going to Maldon to take some photos.


East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 10:02

Sleet forecast for here 

Never mind eh? Quick stomp and a mug / bowl of something hot sounds just the ticket 

One good thing - if the forecast is bad there probably won't be too many munchkins running about everywhere 

White over with heavy frost this morning but a glorious sparkly day. When it's warmed up a little I'll sort the plants out and dig out my thermals ready for the big day.


Posted: 15/02/2016 at 18:23

"Over 1000 varieties....."

Just think.....

Over 1000 varieties...



Good luck with the tests 


Posted: 15/02/2016 at 17:48
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

oh dear Topbird, what have you done???? Mickfield Hostas:

"We are able to offer in excess of 1,000 different varieties in 2016"

deary , deary me 

Yes Hosta - I was looking forward to treating myself tonight...

Never mind - they're only about 15 minutes down the road so I shall just have to go and see all those little babies by myself when the weather is a bit nicer 

Care to join me? 

Wedding flowers ideas

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 17:41

If you're happy to experiment this year I would see how you get on with zinnias (there are some green ones) and perhaps with the green nicotiana.

I don't think the zinnias would be ready for July but you could try sowing in various locations at different times & keeping them in different spots in the garden to see if something works. Nicotiana are more reliable but you might want to see if these work as cut flowers - never tried cutting them myself.

Failing that I'd consider white flowers (stocks, cosmos, antirrhinums etc) with lots of green foliage and a few injections of orange / deep purple / blue etc.

The salvia "nemerosa caradonna" (plants bought this year to make big plants for next) reliably produces rich purple spikes of flower and cornflowers and marigolds would be reliable to use as highlights.

If all else fails pots of french lavender tied round with orange or lime green ribbons might look ok. Depends whether you're doing small individual table decorations or aiming for large stand alone displays...

Good luck - hope you can find something to work

Wedding flowers ideas

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 17:09

Frankie 6 - this is a lovely idea but please, for your own sanity, do rein in your friend's expectations of what you may or may not be able to produce.

I am seriously not trying to be a killjoy but, trying to time flowers to coincide with an event such as this is difficult - especially if you do not have any special facilities to hold  back or bring on the flowers if the weather doesn't play ball. The timing of flowering will depend so much on whether or not we have a cold or warm spring.

Please make sure she knows this and has a back up plan to get some flowers from another source if things don't go to plan.

That said I would suggest you buy some perennials to grow this year so they will be more substantial plants next year and producing more blooms. I would consider buying several largeish plants of alchemilla mollis for their lovely greeny / yellow froth of flowers - a good filler. Largeish delphinium plants bought this year and grown on will probably produce several spikes each next summer.

I would also look at larkspur, sweet peas, ammi major along with the other plants suggested before. Don't forget that hardy annuals sown in the autumn (such as sweet peas) will be a bit more reliable for producing flowers in July. Early sown cosmos & stocks should be ok if the colours are suitable.

I suggest you have a good browse through Sarah Raven's website - she has some lovely combinations to give you ideas for seeds etc

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