STAR IN THE HOOD
there is another Michael Perry's Garden TSV on the 12/04/21
Ours have been open & those with tea rooms have done a take away service. I went to a local one on Tuesday & spent ages talking to a lovely man in his 80s who had gone out just to see people we stood either side of shelves full of saxifrage & put the world to rights. During our chat we must have seen at least 30 people go into the shop, they also sell wonderful fruit & veg, & when I commented on how busy they were the owner said trade had never been so good because everyone wanted to celebrate this spring as a sign of hope & found the decision last year to close nurseries & waste so many plants totally appalling.On the Q TV guide page it says there is a TSV on Friday 2nd April and another on Monday 5th April. I wonder if that is right. If it is then blimey that is just plain overkill. They must be selling a lot of plants at the moment, so striking while the iron is hot I expect. Shouldn't think they will sell as much when the garden centres open. Ours is still shut. I love plants and don't mind watching the shows, but then I have a look online and find the plants a lot cheaper. Bank holiday weekend so I suppose the shows will go down well.
You enjoy your garden and the joy an open space gives specially now. I live in an area where a lot of families live in Mansion Flats which are lucky to have a balcony. The flats are beautiful but most don't even have a communal outdoor area. It was so sad that the children had nowhere to play in the first lockdown as the swings etc were closed. We dont have much green open areas either.We all like our fashion and beauty but I have to say I love the gardening hours, and apart from some things being aired ad nauseam, pics etc., I enjoy them and the descriptions, info etc.
For years before I bought this house I longed for a lovely garden which was a lot bigger. Fast forward 2010 when I bought this, and I’ll be honest I bought it for the garden. I have to have a garden/handyman since 2011because that was when my arthritis got worse I now have it all over my body. I’m in pain all the time, but this past week sleeping is very painful therefore you get up next day being totally shattered. This is where you say “oh poor wee soul” but now that I have that much longed for garden, I can’t work it so I buy from Q as well as Plants2Gardens who are terrific to deal with, and my local 2 garden centres who charge a fortune for delivery.
Well done you! All my verbena, Trailing daisy type seeds, 3 petunias ( will complain and get anather pack) and hundreds of lobelia are all up. I hope that T&M have some apricot shades trailing begonias. My and my mums favourite plants for summerMichael Perry mentioned last week that a TSV over Easter was dahlias. Don't know if that's the Friday or Monday. I like dahlias. We have a fair few. They flower right up to November. Took some lovely photos last year just before Christmas and they were flowering their socks off.
Boffy I do the same as you, watch Q then try and find the plants cheaper. I do love my garden. My seeds are busy germinating. My apricot begonia corms have started to sprout already. And a quick PS. my frogs are spawning. Been busy at the bottom of the garden recently.
I prefer Begonia "plants" compared to the tubers. The tubers are hit and miss. They need light and a warm sunny window. Never allow them to dry out. But dont overwater the tubers. make sure the compost is damp! I just ordered some Begonia plants 24 plug plants for £9.99 from T&M and 36 Perennial plug plants for 8.99 all for £20.97 inc post there was a small discount at checkoutMy begonia apricot shades tubers i got from IW are doing nothing. Usually at least one or two are starting to sprout but none of them are. Maybe they should be inside and not in the greenhouse?
All the verbena seeds are up already took a couple of weeks. No vermiculite needed just covered them in compost. Aquilegia are beautiful never grown them from seed before. I never knew Groupon sold plants wow xI love the apricot shades begonias. Have had mine for years. Sometimes one or two go squishy and are no good, so I just replace the dead ones. I hope you get heaps of flowers from your seeds Boffy. I bought some aquilegia seeds, have planted them, but it says on the packet to sprinkle vermiculite (I think verbena need vermiculite as well) on top and they can take up to 5 months to germinate. Should have put my glasses on and read the instructions before I bought them, anyway have bought some vermiculite and am going to have a go.
The apricot begonias are on T&M website and many other sites as well. I need to replace 2 this year, so have bought 5 jumbo plugs from T&M, not their website but on Groupon. Could have bought loads more, but only needed a couple. Pity you can't just buy the number you need. Good luck with your seedlings.