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Riddle me

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 09:11

The bellboy simply keeps £3 James.

What word is always spelt wrong?  

I could get Imto this but old brain is only just getting into gear

Does anyone recognise these

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 08:50

Definitely vine weevil grubs.

Thoroughly clean your begonia corms.  Wash and thoroughly dry them off.  Any with obvious damage to the corms are best discarded.  I,keep them then in paper bags until late winter and then place in shallow trays.  


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 08:26

Morning everyone .....warm, cloudy n damp here 

KEF, so then, we are getting an idea now of what we may look like.......KEF is 6' tall with bandy legs 


Fox gloves

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 20:22

Hiya break 23

I intended splitting one of my plants......ideally during the summer but they were still in flower.  I would certainly not do it now....wait until spring.  My only concern over winter is wet.  Cold wet soil might be a problem


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 20:15

Gilly......hmmmmmmm!  Yum yum about swimming?  Shouldn't affect the knees 

Plant support

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 20:10


Bamboo canes are still the best support for foxgloves and delphiniums.  

I went to my local steel fabricators for metal supports.  Ask at B & Q or hardware shops

Plant support

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:36

I use my own homemade metal cloche supports which are then used as plant supports in the summer.  Incidentally, I make my own cloches too.  Just buy corrugated plastic sheets.  Cheap but not nasty.  They look good too.  

Growing your own fruit and veg to donate to food banks

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:31

Hiya Grace

Firstly it's great such a young person is showing interest like this

I volunteer at local foodbank.  (I may even be on tv .....well, I  "interrupted" several  interviews, ha ha)

We do take fresh food.  Fruit, veg etc is often brought in.  We took bread, buns, etc too for a while but it was felt it could be a health issue so stopped that.  

We open two days a week.  Next week we will be open for 5 days and continue until the schools reopen in the New Year.  This is to provide school meals for the kids too.  

We have recently opened a warehouse with chillers to keep various frozen foods

There is an ever urgent need for Foodbanks....we seem to have one in most towns here now.........and until you see it for yourself you cannot understand or appreciate the situation.  In a rich country....and we are.....such poverty should simply not be.


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:15

Just to say hiya James.  

Fox gloves

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:13

My Illumination Pink flowered for MONTHS.  I fully expect them to survive the winter and flower just as prolifically next year.    They are marketed as perennial and, at least down here, I'm sure they will be.  I think they are as beautiful as any other foxglove except for those white (biennial) ones.  However, my neighbour has promised me some of his white seedlings so I will be a very happy bunny next year 

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