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Cheap dahlia tubers

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 00:00

re dahlias, and specifically bishops and their children, I once had a chat with Fergus Garrett, of Great Dixter fame ( Christo Lloyd's head gardener, friend and carer),about why Bishops didn't build bigger tubers and succeed better. He pointed out that this variety of tuber, which looks like long thin fingers, don't bulk up as much in the ground. His trick is to plant them in pots for the first few years, where the constriction encourages tuber growth. After a few years you have good strong tubers to plant out.

Cheap dahlia tubers

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 23:54

Is there any flooding.... that's the problem here. 


Posted: 13/01/2014 at 23:53

You won't believe this but I have just won the "Key" draw. This is a monthly draw at the local pub dining club. Everyone has an equal chance to win the key.We pay into a charity account for cancer research. Having won the right to select a key, only one key opens the lock. Tonight the odds must have been around 250 to 1. I won the key, and then selected the right key to open the box. inside was about £80. (The last winner won about £600  and he paid for all our dinners). it's strange but one key was willing me to pick it.... is that weird or not?

Tomorrow is my birthday too...................


Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:11

Gg , you have a better memory than I do.... I will pass on the news to the people who were looking for it... thanks .

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:18

I was taught flowers by Percy Thrower, and vegetables by Arthur Billett. I don't think they go back before then. Gertrude Jekyll doesn't count!!

Cheap dahlia tubers

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 13:06

Hello Bill, welcome home.... thought about how you were doing . They tell me it has been a bit colder than usual?

don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 13:03

Time to invest your effort into something else I fear....

Cheap dahlia tubers

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 12:09

Chicky, if you can pot up and then protect them in the GH you will get a good start. However as you have to wait 'til endish May to actually plant out I would leave it a bit. Start in March?

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 11:38

Jess, I will gladly hold your coat.........

Dovefromabove wrote (see)
JIMMMY wrote (see)

.... a bit like Monty's, use of the term one third leaf mould when making his own compost! ....

I don't have a problem with that - what's wrong with knowing what the ideal would be?  Even if we have to compromise, at least we then know what to be looking for when buying a potting medium.    If he told us to go out and buy commercially produced composts that would also spark criticism I'm sure. 

Do you remember when MD was at "Berryfields and he created 3 different types of compost, Berryfields no. 1, no. 2 and no.3. I do think he lives on another planet. Did he really believe that any of us could relate to this in any meaningful way. And in subsequent programmes he even kept referring to which one he advised to use for which jobs. Well,first none of us had the b***** stuff, since even if we wanted to this would take best part of a year to do. Second you can't go out and buy it from your favourite GC since he was the only person to have it. Third, he was using a shorthand which none of us understood or remembered. What we needed was practical advice including what commercially available products we should use instead , similar to his stuff. Whenever he referred to this home made compost my slippers would be thrown at the TV. Harrumph!!!

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 10:34

When someone buys you a "Dandy" album for Christmas (true!)...

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