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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 17:30

Not great gardening weather  but far better than forecast locally.  Odd showers, but few and far between, not too cold,,the odd sunny spell and windy.

Sad day......

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 17:25

Ha ha know me well 

went online but then found one half price locally.  used a £5 voucher to reduce further and a 3 year warranty for £14.  No haggling but happy with deal.  However, at a visit to a well known discount store I negotiated 4 ex £1.99 plants for 50 p.   Already potted on and will produce large plants next year.  

Dyers End, did you go for counselling and how long did it take you to get over your loss?  Hope nobody gave you a hard time for replacing so quickly?  People can be so harsh 


Skimmer with pale blotchy leaves

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 17:03

In additional to the previous info skimmias do take time to settle down.  They are also far better in the ground.

sue do you have the labels? there are hermaphrodite forms.....I have a locally produced (well known nursery though) variety that berries well on its own and helps others too.  And did you test your soil?  A neutral soil is fine, dappled shade, reasonable moisture and sheltered from the strongest summer sun. A spray of epsom salts is a good tonic for skimmias too

my own plants needed a couple of years to settle into their positions


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 14:35


yes pot up asap, water and put in gh for winter.  Plant out when danger of frost has passed.  Ideally plant out when you have some good growth showing 

Sad day......

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 11:08

After 8 or so years I am sorry to report the death of my ..........




electric toothbrush.

it was sudden.  It was hard to take in.  It was a big blow.

i was advised to replace immedistely and just get on with my life so, with heavy heart, I did just that this morning.  

I will be least I think I will be.  

Online plant suppliers?

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 11:03

Yes jekyl.  


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 08:15


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 08:05

It's about enjoyment though, isn't it Pat?  Who cares about the deadheading really? 

Online plant suppliers?

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 07:42

Sam, yes they are excellent.

have ordered from them quite a few times and service....plant condition on arrival, prompt delivery and communications first class

only once did a plant not do well for me from them.  They re supplied without quibble and with friendliness.

as you say, Jacksons are cheaper than gc and many other online suppliers but plants supplied are of good size

order with confidence Sam 


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 07:37

Morning Pat .....lovely view.  

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