Star's gardening thread

Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Culture' started by Star, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Star

    Star Homo Secretary (OB)

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    I'm not really sure where to put this, I know it's really dull, but hey ho :D

    Anyone know flowers that I can plant now for my garden? I know pansys will flower in the winter, any other suggestions?
     
  2. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    Do you definitely want flowering plants?

    And if so, do you want just bedding plants that will carry you through autumn, or are you willing to plant things to grow next spring?
     
  3. smexy

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    Snowdrops, crocus and violas spring to mind. Maybe some grasses as well.
     
  4. Lunar Foetus

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    snowdrops? crocuses?
     
  5. Lunar Foetus

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    A CHRISTMAS TREE?
     
  6. Star

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    Yeah I'm all about the flowers and colour!

    I will deffo plant more things next year, I need to start earlier than I did this year but the garden was SUCH a state it took me about 2 months just to clear it out :gross:
     
  7. Star

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    Will it grown in asian soil?
     
  8. Lunar Foetus

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    a DIWALI TREE?
     
  9. Star

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    Ooooh, there's an idea :disco:
     
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    Oh crocus' are pretty!
     
  11. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    In which case, you need to think about planting bulbs in Sept and Oct. Go for things that flower early, like snowdrops and crocus, and then daffodils/narcissus and tulips. They will carry you right through until you get your bedding plants next year.

    But of course if you do plant those, you need to think about the plants you're going to be putting in now, because you don't want to disturb them to put the bulbs in later.
     
  12. Star

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    Hmm, I shall have to have a think! Where's the best place to buy bulbs from then? Can you get them online?
     
  13. lolly

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    You can do, but I can honestly say I've had just as much success with things like daffodils from places like Wilkinson where you can get a sack of 100 for a fiver. Or anywhere like B&Q and probably the bigger supermarkets as well.

    Online, I've bought from www.greenfingers.com and www.crocus.co.uk, but only for things like shrubs where I've been a bit more picky about what I want and the quality of it. To be honest though, you can't beat a trip to a good garden centre (well, if you're old like me, anyway). You'll find much more in the way of inspiration.
     
  14. Star

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    Why is it all garden centres have a cafe?
     
  15. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    Because it's always old fuckers who go there who need a nice sit down and a cup of tea.
     
  16. smexy

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    Old fuckers and me. I love a cup of tea and a slice of lemon drizzle after picking out my perennials.
     
  17. cwej

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    I'm sorry... did I read this correctly?

    THE GARDENING THREAD? :|
     
  18. Star

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    Sorry, let's get back to the IRONING thread shall we?
     
  19. Floella

    Floella HER FUCKING HIGHNESS

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    Don't forget the classic but long forgotten cwej thread "back door appreciation". Yes, a thread all about appreciating your back door.
     
  20. Molicious

    Molicious LANA DEL MO

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    OMG LINK
     
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    Loufoque BATTLE FOR YOUR LIFE

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    My Grandma is always taking me for lunch or for tea and cake at garden centres! :D We do to a very nice one called The Woodlands and they do arts and crafts and stuff as well. They do epic carrot cake.
     
  23. Floella

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    Alas, I cannot find it.

    It might even have been pre-Moopy but it was a truly award-winning subject matter. I vaguely remember it descending into an Agnetha/Cwej battle, but that doesn't narrow things down much...
     
  24. Molicious

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    OMG what a shame, cause it sounded like a killer thread.

    I would love to know how that would EVEN BEGIN

    'Cause you know, they let you get into the back garden and stuff, which is pretty amazing... Mine has a cat flap LOL'

    ?
     
  25. Raucous Bitch

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    Mine has a cat flap and I don't even have a cat - MEGA LOLZ
     
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  26. Floella

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    I can relate to the woes of leaving the backdoor open. Some crackhead came in our back door when we lived in Sheffield an stole my housemate's handbag from the table in the back room when she was in the shower and it had her car keys in so he took her car as well.
     
  28. TurnerPrize

    TurnerPrize time to dance

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    The punk house near us in my old uni town, had some homeless man come in and do a poo in their sink. It might have been during a party though, i can't remember.
     
  29. Floella

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    Wow. Where were you guys in 2005? It seems that open back doors really ARE a cause for depreciation.
     
  30. TurnerPrize

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    It's not that OT though. Star should be shitting in her flower beds to get the best out of them. It's just common manure-related sense.
     
  31. Molicious

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    I remember we had some GERANIUMS IN A POT when I was a child because we didn't have a proper garden. They were nice.

    What about some TULIPS, Star? They come in all sort of lovely colours.
     
  32. Eddie

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    Back to gardening, STAR you could try planting some exotics if you are tending to your parents' garden. The kind of stuff that grows in India and East Africa (if that's where they are from) that surprisingly can take our harsher weather in small doses (sometimes they need protection).

    I did it for my parents a few years ago and it was a success. Flowering gingers, tuberose, jasmine sambac, michelias, hardy gardenias, osmanthus and night blooming jessamine.

    Gosh, I sound like a horticulturist.
     
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  33. Star

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    Yes they're both East African :D I'm gonna pop to the garden centre today, I'm guessing I'd need a more specialist place to buy things like that though?s
     
  34. lolly

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    I've been to Morrisons here this morning and the one here has some lovely chrysanthemums in. Huge ones that would look great in planters (but you could still put in the garden), and then smaller ones that would be great in the borders.
     
  35. cwej

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    I'd even forgotten about this!!! :D
     
  36. Eddie

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    :o Star. My Mum's from Kenya. What about your folks?
     
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    New girl at work's Dad is from Kenya! But he died. :(
     
  38. Star

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    Pop is from Kenya and Mummy Star is Uganda :D
     
  39. Eddie

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    My Mum's family's birthplaces reads like a map of Kenya and Uganda. Each sibling was born in a different city.

    Mum's from Nairobi. Can your parents speak Swahili?
     
  40. Star

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    Oooh that's where my dad was born too!

    They do, although I think they've forgotten it a bit. It's funny because words I use for some things (iron, sweetcorn, saucepan) are Swahili rather than Gujarati as that is what my parents call them. I never knew that for a long time though, I just assumed it was all Gujarati I was speaking!
     

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