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Title: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on December 30, 2008, 06:16:36 PM
Just to let all our members know that a valuable new resource is being introduced to  the site of the Alpine Garden Society - and the start of January 2009 sees the inaugural MIDLAND ALPINE GARDENER'S DIARY/BLOG.
I am sure that many of you will recognise some of the plants (and perhaps the wonderful style of writing and photography), as the author is a well-known and greatly appreciated member of this forum.

Please enjoy this superb blog at the following link:-

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Martinr on December 30, 2008, 06:27:13 PM
Cliff, you beat me to it!

I can't wait to see the results of pricking out when all those seed pots germinate. 40 to a tray, let's say 10 trays = 400 pots. Let's assume common sense prevails and only, yes only, 6 per tray are potted on.....= 2400 pots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and then there are the monocots of course. Sorry diarist, only teasing!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on December 30, 2008, 06:32:08 PM
With THREE alpine houses they MAY have enough room, Martin?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Carlo on December 30, 2008, 06:42:00 PM
Nice Petrocosmea grandiflora too!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on December 30, 2008, 07:11:51 PM
Such fun, a new blog for the AGS site....... the firt oneseems to be online now!

I know I may be being very dim here, but who IS the Blogger, and why would it be anonymous in the first place??   Mis-placed modesty? Have no truck with that...... and, for a geographically challenged person and one who is used to the BBC's definition of "Midlands" starting somewhere south of Oxford...... what is meant by Midland Garden in this context?? ???
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Martinr on December 30, 2008, 07:21:03 PM
Let's just say the local football team is at the top of the Championship, that's the one below the Premiership for those not totally conversant with English Football. Maybe the 'blogger' will 'come out', who knows. Anonimity seems to be the norm on the AGS blogs although everyone knows who does the other two. And all that seed sowing. As has been said 'there's often a clue!

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on December 30, 2008, 07:47:34 PM
I know I may be being very dim here, but who IS the Blogger

have a guess, Maggi. 

why would it be anonymous in the first place??   Mis-placed modesty?

Dunno, it just starts that way

what is meant by Midland Garden in this context?? ??? 

Martin has given you the clues ...
there's a couple more in my sign off line

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on December 30, 2008, 08:00:38 PM
Well, Blow me down with a feather.... who KNEW Wolverhampton were top of the championship league??

Diane, you sly fox, what a super departure!
Will you be allowed time off while it's seed sorting time?  :D

Congratulations.... [attach=1]

 [attach=2] ..... may you run and run! 

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on December 30, 2008, 08:09:51 PM
Seriously, though, ever since Paul began the Wisley Blog and it also appeared on the AGS, he said he was authoring it, and while John Richards was guarded in the beginning, later he asked for feedback and was sometimes disappointed when not much came forth... I believe that not "everyone" does know who is writing such things and that most folks, if they are commenting or asking a question, do like to have a name to address their remarks to...  that's just human nature........  ::)

Even with a fall in membership, the AGS has lots more folk paying their dues than just the few in England who know everyone........I believe it would be wise to think of that and make a feature of the personality of the Blogger and so  increase the popularity of the feature at a stroke!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on December 30, 2008, 08:21:32 PM
Maggi ... I thought you would have realised that Diane was the ONLY person who could afford THREE alpine houses AND membership of the Pudsey Pig platoon?    :D

Now that you have been OUTED, Di ... all best wishes for a long and distinguished career as the people's Pepys.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on December 30, 2008, 08:23:14 PM
Will you be allowed time off while it's seed sorting time?
 
I hope so!  There's no way the two can run together!

I believe that not "everyone" does know who is writing such things and that most folks, if they are commenting or asking a question, do like to have a name to address their remarks to...  that's just human nature........  ::)

I agree, Maggi, and it wasn't really intentional to be anonymous, I sort of assumed my name would come up as author.  I also didn't want the first one to be all introduction, I just wanted to launch in and get it going.
I will sort out putting my name and location to it  
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on December 30, 2008, 08:45:26 PM
It's SO embarrassing that I don't really know where Wolverhampton is!  :-[


Quote
Maggi ... I thought you would have realised that Diane was the ONLY person who could afford THREE alpine houses AND membership of the Pudsey Pig platoon?

Well, I just thought she could afford the glass houses cos she got YOU to pay for the drinks  ::)
When I think again, I realise how misplaced a thought that was ;D ;)

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on December 30, 2008, 08:52:36 PM
Well, I just thought she could afford the glass houses cos she got YOU to pay for the drinks  ::)
When I thnk again, I realise how misplaced a thought that was ;D ;) 

No, it's a very good idea ...  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on December 30, 2008, 10:16:37 PM
Well, I just thought she could afford the glass houses cos she got YOU to pay for the drinks  ::)
When I thnk again, I realise how misplaced a thought that was ;D ;) 

No, it's a very good idea ...  ;D  ;D


If we are going to be silly ...?    :(
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Katherine J on December 31, 2008, 08:25:16 AM
Diane,
Congratulations, and thank you so much! Another gorgeous event to wait for from time to time. :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on December 31, 2008, 08:35:55 AM
Great initiative Diane !
I'm sure we'll be all waiting anxiously for every update, after all we can never get enough of this addictive hobby can we ??  8)
Thanks for the efforts !
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Brian Ellis on December 31, 2008, 10:13:07 AM
As you can tell Diane, not only are we all delighted that you are going to add to the Blogs we can access giving information about our hobbies, but we also are grateful that you can find the time amidst everthing else!  Now we will have to add you to our bookmarks and eagerly await the next instalment.  Many thanks, I look forward to the next blog - will it be regular?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Ian Y on December 31, 2008, 11:54:42 AM
Well done Diane and welcome to the world of Blogging as a committed Blogger I am always delighted to see someone else take the plunge.

Having done the Bulb log for six years now I know that you will gain a lot from it as it makes you look at your plants and garden in a more detailed way as you are constantly looking for next weeks subjects. and everyone else will enjoy sharing your plants and garden with you.

Best wishes, I look forward to the future.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 01, 2009, 09:52:38 AM
Thank you for all supportive messages, both public and private.  And thanks to Ian for the inspiration and support as Original Blogger and Bulb Despot. 

I am not going to do them on a weekly or fortnightly type basis, but when I have enough to do another one.  So sometimes they may come sooner or later!

I was hoping to do another one very soon but with a thick layer of frost and also snow here, I am less tempted to venture out.  I tried to get a few photos of plants yesterday but light levels were poor so I need to have another try today.

Very cold here yesterday and today.

And best wishes for the New Year to everyone on the forum, posters and lurkers.
Diane
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Martinr on January 01, 2009, 10:03:36 AM
Snow in Wolverhampton!!!!!...send some over here. Frosty, grey and downright miserable in Derby. Need something to brighten things up.

Happy New Year
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 01, 2009, 10:21:39 AM
Snow in Wolverhampton!!!!!... 

Not much, just a dusting, but it is very cold and frosty (still below zero here at 10 o'clock).
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on January 01, 2009, 11:32:47 AM
Quote
I am not going to do them on a weekly or fortnightly type basis, but when I have enough to do another one.  So sometimes they may come sooner or later!

 Aha! Clever move.... keep us guessing when we'll get our next fix..... a surprise element that is sure to take a trick !  8)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on January 01, 2009, 11:35:55 AM
Quote
I was hoping to do another one very soon but with a thick layer of snow and frost here, I am less tempted to venture out.  I tried to get a few photos of plants yesterday but light levels were poor so I need to have another try today.

Need you restrict yourself to an ongoing time line, Diane? For instance, what about odd pieces about seed prep, your mini-greenhouse etc... all interesting subjects and not time sensitive....??? :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 01, 2009, 12:08:56 PM
Quote
I was hoping to do another one very soon but with a thick layer of snow and frost here, I am less tempted to venture out.  I tried to get a few photos of plants yesterday but light levels were poor so I need to have another try today.

Need you restrict yourself to an ongoing time line, Diane? For instance, what about odd pieces about seed prep, your mini-greenhouse etc... all interesting subjects and not time sensitive....??? :)

No problems, plenty of ideas up my sleeve (and in my greenhouses)  here   ;)
I've just got to be brave and go out there in the c - o - l - d

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on January 01, 2009, 12:40:19 PM
The BD and I would like to help you as much as possible in your new venture, Diane.... he has PLENTY socks.... shall I send you some to keep you cosy ?   ::) ;D

[attach=1]

...some of the BD's sock stocks
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: shelagh on January 01, 2009, 04:48:44 PM
Brian has just retired with BLOGGER'S NECK'it comes from leaning over my shoulder to read all these postings.  Anyway Well Done Diane, we are looking forward to all forthcoming instalments.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: art600 on January 01, 2009, 09:33:31 PM
Maggi

Do the socks have a non-grip top?  If so, could you let me have the details please.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on January 01, 2009, 11:04:00 PM
Maggi

Do the socks have a non-grip top?  If so, could you let me have the details please.

 No, Arthur, they have a wee "cuff" type top, definitely grippy.


"definitely grippy".... just realised how appropriate these are for the BD, no wonder he likes 'em ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on January 02, 2009, 09:54:55 AM
........ is he running a market stall? ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Shaw on January 02, 2009, 10:12:06 AM
No, David, he just has a lot of aunties who don't know what to buy him for Christmas.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Paul T on January 02, 2009, 10:58:19 AM
David,

I read that first as "No, David, he just has a lot of ankles who don't know what to buy him for Christmas."

Was quite amusing for a moment there, but not for the reasons you intended. ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 03, 2009, 11:31:23 PM
The second blog is now on line:

Midland Garden Blog No 2  (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/servlet/diaryservlet?command=viewentry&category1=midland&sitearea=diary&articleid=161&category=midland)

Diane
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Gerdk on January 04, 2009, 12:20:12 PM
Very informatory - especially the sowing method for Cyclamen - I'll note this for my next seeds.
Thank you, Diane!

Gerd

P.S.
Is there a new list from John Watson?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 04, 2009, 12:35:37 PM
Very informatory - especially the sowing method for Cyclamen - I'll note this for my next seeds.
Thank you, Diane!  Gerd
P.S.  Is there a new list from John Watson? 

Thanks Gerd. 
John Watson's seed is available from Jim Archibald.  John started selling it this way via Jim a couple of years ago, and there were a lot of species on last Autumn's list.       
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Gerdk on January 04, 2009, 02:49:49 PM
Diane, thank you too!

Gerd
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 11, 2009, 10:46:47 PM
Blog Number 3 is now on line:

 Midland Garden Blog No 3 (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+January+/164/)


Diane
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on January 11, 2009, 10:49:21 PM
Good grief, Diane, what a pity the "faster than a speeding bullet" is already in use as a nickname !
 Off for a look, thanks!


 Oh, yes, that's a good one.... very pertinent to look at  what the various plants are doing in this weather and how it might affect their chances of survival etc.

How I would have loved a shot of you hanging on to your chimney breast for dear life to take the overhead picture of your snow-covered garden.... for I am sure that's how you must have acheived that photo........ ::) :o  Unless your garden slopes away from the house very steeply, the picture looks to be taken from a much higher viewpoint than simply an upper floor window .....so I think you must have been on the roof, hanging off the chimney .......did you get the idea from Santa the other week?  ;)
 
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 11, 2009, 11:12:52 PM
Unless your garden slopes away from the house very steeply, the picture looks to be taken from a much higher viewpoint than simply an upper floor window .....so I think you must have been on the roof, hanging off the chimney .......did you get the idea from Santa the other week?  ;)   

Nothing so exciting, just taken from upstairs.  The garden does slope a bit but I've probably got the camera at a funny angle so its distorted
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 23, 2009, 10:54:57 PM
Blog number 4 now on line. 

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+January+/166/ (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+January+/166/)

Diane
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on January 23, 2009, 11:06:50 PM
I bet you get interested feedback about your cyclamen seed  growth progress, Diane......I think people find that sort of detail quite fascinating and too few folks show that level of observation or document it for others.


 Do you like Craigton Clumper? She seems to be doing her stuff.... I see more buds showing  ::) Sturdy little thing!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Carlo on January 23, 2009, 11:19:00 PM
Bugs know no cold...

And those primula leaves? A slight pull to the side will get them even before they've dried to a crisp. It's almost as if you're peeling them off.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: johnw on January 24, 2009, 02:28:31 AM
Bugs know no cold...

And those primula leaves? A slight pull to the side will get them even before they've dried to a crisp.

And the occasional rosette!

Have noticed some must be pulled sideways and some downwards. Trial by fire unless records kept.

johnw
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 24, 2009, 08:52:08 AM
Do you like Craigton Clumper? She seems to be doing her stuff.... I see more buds showing  ::) Sturdy little thing!   

Yes, fantastic!  from one bulb two years ago, there's now four with about 10 buds showing at the moment. 
 
And the occasional rosette!   Have noticed some must be pulled sideways and some downwards. Trial by fire unless records kept.

It's got to be gently, whichever way you pull, and any rosettes that come away are good for propagating.  BUT the worst of the job is the sticky goo!  The tweezers stick to the leaf and that brings the whole rosette off sometimes because it's stuck. 
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Gerdk on January 24, 2009, 12:00:13 PM
Because of the scary weather I neglected to look after the plants in the greenhouse for some time.
But - thanks to Midland Garden Blog I woke up and inspected some violets.
There were some tiny green aphids hidden near the leaf axils and also there was Botrytis at Viola spathulata. Good to have a reminder!

Gerd
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on January 26, 2009, 08:49:20 PM
Monday evening 20.48 hours.....26th January...... I can't reach the AGS website....is it down? Anyone else having trouble?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on January 26, 2009, 08:50:50 PM
Yes, I've been trying for about an hour.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Michael J Campbell on January 26, 2009, 08:55:08 PM
Yes its down Maggi. I can't get in.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on January 26, 2009, 09:13:08 PM
Monday evening 20.48 hours.....26th January...... I can't reach the AGS website....is it down? Anyone else having trouble?

21.12 GMT back up, I guess someone (Jim probably) has been working on it.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on January 26, 2009, 09:14:40 PM
Just found it back up... yes, I expect it was down for work. Seems fine now.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 02, 2009, 11:15:38 AM
Blog No 5 now on line (it should have been up yesterday but seemed to have some connection problems)

Midland Blog 5
http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+February+/171/ (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+February+/171/)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: art600 on February 02, 2009, 11:25:48 AM
Diane

Great Blog as usual.

Where did you buy the 'rectangular' labels.  I have looked everywhere with no success.  I have lots of coloured label as used by you, but a source for your alternative labels would be most welcome.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 02, 2009, 12:17:45 PM
Thanks, Arthur.  The rectangular topped labels are excellent, although not the cheapest to start with, they work out the best as they last longer.  They are good to write on with fine pencil.  I originally got them from SRGC and often ask someone going to a Scottish show to bring some back for me.  There are usually 6 colours: white, yellow, orange, red, green and blue.  However, I was recently excited to discover pink and lilac which I bought direct (yep, I need to get out more   ;D ). 
The direct source is Anglo Scottish packaging, but then you have to order a minimum of 1000 in one colour.   
http://www.angloscottish.net/products/horticultural/stick-in-labels---400/
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on February 02, 2009, 12:54:28 PM
 
The direct source is Anglo Scottish packaging, but then you have to order a minimum of 1000 in one colour.   
[url]http://www.angloscottish.net/products/horticultural/stick-in-labels---400/[/url]


Diane, as I'm also a 'colour coder' I followed up when you first mentioned your coloured labels in your first log. They Emailed back to say that the minimum amount of one colour is actually 500, but the minimum total order is 1000.

Given that the price per thousand, for the 120x20 size as an example, is £21.80 plus p@p, and the price of 50,000 is only £15.15 plus p@p, we ought, perhaps, to get our act together and order in bulk. Must be a lot cheaper even taking into account p@p from a central source. ....or am I being too Yorkshire?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 02, 2009, 01:11:04 PM
Given that the price per thousand, for the 120x20 size as an example, is £21.80 plus p@p, and the price of 50,000 is only £15.15 plus p@p, we ought, perhaps, to get our act together and order in bulk. Must be a lot cheaper even taking into account p@p from a central source. ....or am I being too Yorkshire?

50,000 for £15.15 sounds a good deal, that would last me a week or two  ;D  ;D  ;D

My central source is SRGC! I usually get in touch with Glassford Sprunt and arrange for someone to collect them for me.   
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 02, 2009, 01:33:25 PM
I'll drop Glassford a line asking if he can get in a stock of the new colours!!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: hadacekf on February 02, 2009, 01:46:38 PM
Diane
A very interesting Blog as usual. I like it. Thank you
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on February 02, 2009, 01:50:14 PM
I'll drop Glassford a line asking if he can get in a stock of the new colours!!

Is this is a service available to all of us Maggi, wouldn't want to overwhelm Glassford?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 02, 2009, 02:12:18 PM
I'll drop Glassford a line asking if he can get in a stock of the new colours!!

Is this is a service available to all of us Maggi, wouldn't want to overwhelm Glassford?
We'll see what he says about the new colours, David....... I can always collect from him at a show and pass on to you guys  ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 02, 2009, 02:24:02 PM
I certainly wouldn't want to start something here that could get out of hand!  Especially as Glassford has always been very helpful with this, and I wouldn't want to burden him.  Maybe they could be sold from the SRGC main website and it all makes profit for the club.
But they are the best labels and it's something often asked about.     
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 02, 2009, 02:26:06 PM
Diane
A very interesting Blog as usual. I like it. Thank you   

Thanks Franz, I'm flattered  8)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: art600 on February 02, 2009, 02:52:49 PM
Diane
I have asked them whether one needs to order 50,000 of the same colour - awaiting their reply.

I have lots of friends who are looking for an alternative to the usual labels, and these seem ideal.

I would be happy to act as a post office if the answer is - order 10,000 of 5 different colours.

Watch this space  8)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 02, 2009, 03:01:48 PM
Diane
I have asked them whether one needs to order 50,000 of the same colour - awaiting their reply. 

That's a lot of labels!  I assume the price quoted for 50,000 is £15.15 per 1000. 
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 02, 2009, 03:15:11 PM
Diane
I have asked them whether one needs to order 50,000 of the same colour - awaiting their reply. 

That's a lot of labels!  I assume the price quoted for 50,000 is £15.15 per 1000. 
No, I don't think that, Diane.... price for 50thousand  (120mmx20mm )is £15.15 as I read it.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 02, 2009, 03:38:17 PM
No, I don't think that, Diane.... price for 50thousand  (120mmx20mm )is £15.15 as I read it.

Can't be, Maggi, the price goes down as you get more.  If you only want 1000 it would be cheaper to buy 50000 and throw away the other 49000
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 02, 2009, 03:42:35 PM
No, I don't think that, Diane.... price for 50thousand  (120mmx20mm )is £15.15 as I read it.

Can't be, Maggi, the price goes down as you get more.  If you only want 1000 it would be cheaper to buy 50000 and throw away the other 49000

Price is lower for larger quantitiy.... see this:   ???

Size                   1000    5000   10000    20000    50000
80 x 13mm - plain 14.15   11.50   10.85   9.65      9.15
100 x 16mm - plain 18.95   15.20   14.05  12.95    11.40
120 x 16mm - plain 21.20   19.85   18.05  16.60   14.65
120 x 20mm - plain 21.80   20.20   18.75  17.10    15.15
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 02, 2009, 04:09:20 PM
Yes,  but these prices can't be the total, it must be per thousand
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: art600 on February 02, 2009, 04:19:54 PM
Yes,  but these prices can't be the total, it must be per thousand


Diane

Logic says you are right, but the site does not say per thousand  ;D

Hopefully their reply to my email will clarify everything.

If I get 10000 of any colour they will go quickly as people are looking for this sort of label that is long lasting and will not crack into tiny pieces.  I like to write details on a white label and then use a coloured label to identify say Cyclamen, Frit, Crocus etc. or the watering requirement.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 02, 2009, 04:21:48 PM
Diane, Art, I was going on the website, which does not state "per thousand"  but when I looked again I thought it was rather ambiguous..... thought best idea was to phone.... nice chap there tells me it IS per thousand! Rats!
 Shows how important it is to make one's listings clear, though!
 
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: art600 on February 02, 2009, 04:24:10 PM
Diane, Art, I was going on the website, which does not state "per thousand"  but when I looked again I thought it was rather ambiguous..... thought best idea was to phone.... nice chap there tells me it IS per thousand! Rats!
 Shows how important it is to make one's listings clear, though!
 

There must be some Scottish blood in me - I thought it cheaper to email  ;)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 02, 2009, 04:25:28 PM
Phew, I thought this was getting silly!

Just to confuse issues, I also use this company for labels
http://www.theessentialscompany.co.uk/Labels.html#Coloured%20Pot%20Labels (http://www.theessentialscompany.co.uk/Labels.html#Coloured%20Pot%20Labels)

They do even M O R E colours.  They are not as tough as the Anglo scot ones and not so good for writing on, I just use them as genus markers, alongside the others.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on February 02, 2009, 04:30:17 PM
Oh dear, the rot's set in - I've posted on the AGS for the first time.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 02, 2009, 04:37:43 PM
Oh dear, the rot's set in - I've posted on the AGS for the first time.

Don't let it worry you, Anne, I've done it several times!! It's perfectly legal and you've asked a good question!!!
I do wonder how they'd view a thread announcing SRGC stuff, though , eh?!  ;D ;) ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 02, 2009, 04:42:37 PM
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They are not as tough as the Anglo Scot ones
Well, no, an Anglo Scot is about as rugged a hybrid as you can get, I reckon  :D ;) ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on February 02, 2009, 07:37:14 PM
Diane
I have asked them whether one needs to order 50,000 of the same colour - awaiting their reply.

I have lots of friends who are looking for an alternative to the usual labels, and these seem ideal.

I would be happy to act as a post office if the answer is - order 10,000 of 5 different colours.

Watch this space  8)

Arthur, does Maggi's clarification of the price change your mind?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: art600 on February 02, 2009, 10:59:27 PM
Diane
I have asked them whether one needs to order 50,000 of the same colour - awaiting their reply.

I have lots of friends who are looking for an alternative to the usual labels, and these seem ideal.

I would be happy to act as a post office if the answer is - order 10,000 of 5 different colours.

Watch this space  8)

Arthur, does Maggi's clarification of the price change your mind?

David

Not at all.  You only need to find 10 people who want some and that works out at 5000 labels each.

All my friends complain about the lack of good labels, and as I belong to 4 AGS groups, I do not think there would be a problem in finding buyers.  :) ;D :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Joakim B on February 03, 2009, 02:23:34 PM
Dear Diane

I just found this thread and the log/blog behind it and I am very happy to get some information about the cyclamen seeds and their development. I will try to follow this sowing advise as well as the log/diary.
Nice to see the flowering plants as well.
Congratulation on the very nice work :)
All the best
Joakim
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 12, 2009, 10:07:26 PM
Thank you for all kind remarks.  The next blog has taken time due to poor weather here.  I said it on a different thread, but I don't know how in Aberdeen your plants are ahead of mine, Ian, I guess it's the soil warming cables.  Most of my Narcissus are only still in bud.

 Midland Blog No 6  (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+February+/173/)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 12, 2009, 10:23:13 PM
Diane, our  soil warming cables have only come on this week for the first time as the temperatures fell in the glass houses to minus nine and eleven. Even then the plunges are frozen in parts, so the temperature is hardly raised by the cables.  The cables are to try to stop the bulbs being frozen deep in their pots ( hope it's working!!) ...since there has only been a little heat this week, the
differences in our bulb developments cannot be ascribed to the effect of the cables.

For anyone wondering what the system is:  The cables are below the pots, set to come on when the temperature at about an inch or so below the sand plunge surface goes down to minus 1 degree C and the heat goes off again when the temperature is raised to around plus 1 degree C.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 12, 2009, 10:33:16 PM
Diane, our  soil warming cables have only come on this week for the first time as the temperatures fell in the glass houses to minus nine and eleven. Even then the plunges are frozen in parts, so the temperature is hardly raised by the cables.  The cables are to try to stop the bulbs being frozen deep in their pots ( hope it's working!!) ...since there has only been a little heat this week, the
differences in our bulb developments cannot be ascribed to the effect of the cables.

For anyone wondering what the system is:  The cables are below the pots, set to come on when the temperature at about an inch or so below the sand plunge surface goes down to minus 1 degree C and the heat goes off again when the temperature is raised to around plus 1 degree C.


That's all very interesting.  I was thinking about your soil warming cables yesterday whilst trying to excavate a pot that was frozen into the plunge.  I suppose I assumed they came on whenever the temp was below zero.  The temperature in my sand plunges has been down to minus 3 several times and the whole lot frozen solid.  I think my shady garden must have a fair bit of influence in holding things back.  It's very interesting to see the differences.      
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 12, 2009, 10:37:14 PM
 Our cables were not working terribly well, or else HE had set the thermostat too low, 'cause they had not been on before , when it was much colder, but he's tweaked 'em and now they are coming on!

 I have to say, Diane, at this stage of the winter, I'd find it a LOT more fun to be comparing garden differences with you in the Bahamas!  ::) ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 12, 2009, 10:38:53 PM
Our cables were not working terribly well, or else HE had set the thermostat too low, 'cause they had not been on before , when it was much colder, but he's tweaked 'em and now they are coming on!

 I have to say, Diane, at this stage of the winter, I'd find it a LOT more fun to be comparing garden differences with you in the Bahamas!  ::) ;D

Do Ryanair go there?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 12, 2009, 10:45:59 PM
Dunno.... [attach=1]


They probably fly to a nearby landing strip on a tiny uninhabited island and you have to swim the rest of the way to somewhere nice :P
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 12, 2009, 10:54:06 PM
Dunno....  They probably fly to a nearby landing strip on a tiny uninhabited island and you have to swm the rest of the way to somewhere nice :P 

might have to find somewhere a bit nearer, we'll see what we can do   ;)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Martinr on February 13, 2009, 06:11:29 PM
Glasgow? ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Martinr on February 14, 2009, 07:37:50 PM
Back to blog no 4. I was deep in the endless task of tidying Primula allionii & it's relatives today and was dealing with a fairly sizeable plant of Clarence Elliott. A number, i.e. most, of the more mature rosette stems were quite spindly at the base and now that the support of all the dead leaves has gone it is, to say the least, a bit floppy. There is, however, lots of young secondary growth at the bottom of, and between, the floppy bits. I was seriously tempted to give it a haircut but couldn't bring myself to do it. Has anyone been this brave? What were the results?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 28, 2009, 11:16:29 PM
I have to say, Diane, at this stage of the winter, I'd find it a LOT more fun to be comparing garden differences with you in the Bahamas!  ::) ;D 


The Bahamas wasn't possible, credit crunch and all that, but Mallorca was.
Blog No 7 is here 
http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+February+/178/ (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+February+/178/)

and guess who we met in sunny Mallorca? and what was he risking life and limb to photograph? 

More pics to follow, here, shortly, in the thread Forumist in Mallorca.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 28, 2009, 11:48:42 PM
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We were hoping for a few early orchids, but the only ones we found were Ophrys fusca and Barlia robertiana in their varied forms

Diane, if you are looking for sympathy with that statement, " the only" .... you will get none from me..... I adore Barlia robertiana and in my opinion you were jolly lucky to see any!!  :P
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on March 24, 2009, 05:58:13 PM
Blog No 9 is now live - First signs of Spring

Midland Blog Number 9 (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+March+/185/)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: SueG on March 25, 2009, 01:24:59 PM
Lovely pictures Diane
thanks for the link
Sue
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on March 25, 2009, 04:28:52 PM
Excellent Diane, I noticed my mandrake was in flower yesterday too.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on March 26, 2009, 04:00:27 PM
Thanks, Sue and Anne for looking and for your comments! 
Have you ever dug up a mandrake Anne??  Presumably not, if you are still here.  I grow Mandragora out of for curiosity, and for reminders of Mediterranean holidays, but it does turn into a bit of a cabbage when the flowers are over, but the fruits are quite attractive, showing their tomato relationship. 
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 26, 2009, 04:03:24 PM
Crumbs,this reminds me that seeing the pic of the Mandragora coming into flower made me think what stage mine is at..... I forgot to look..... what a minute.... I'll go look now..... ::)


 Edit: 7 minutes later....... here we go, slightly behind yours, Diane. This one not flowering very well this year,  either, plus the flowers are being chewed by bugs  >:(

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Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on March 26, 2009, 10:02:06 PM
Have you ever dug up a mandrake Anne??  
No, but the dog died.  :'(
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 26, 2009, 10:14:46 PM
Have you ever dug up a mandrake Anne??  
No, but the dog died.  :'(
Anne!  :o Lily protests in the strongest possible manner at such practices .... she says why didn't you try a cat? ;)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: fermi de Sousa on March 27, 2009, 01:47:28 AM
Have you ever dug up a mandrake Anne??  
No, but the dog died.  :'(
Anne!  :o Lily protests in the strongest possible manner at such practices .... she says why didn't you try a cat? ;)
Maggi!
Please explain to Lily the instructions that the dog is used because it will attempt to follow the owner - a cat would simply wait indignantly for them to return and untie it! ;D
I loved the representation of the Mandrake root in the movie "Pan's Labyrinth".
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 27, 2009, 12:02:22 PM
Have you ever dug up a mandrake Anne??  
No, but the dog died.  :'(
Anne!  :o Lily protests in the strongest possible manner at such practices .... she says why didn't you try a cat? ;)
Maggi!
Please explain to Lily the instructions that the dog is used because it will attempt to follow the owner - a cat would simply wait indignantly for them to return and untie it! ;D
I loved the representation of the Mandrake root in the movie "Pan's Labyrinth".
cheers
fermi

 Ferni! You miss the point... Lily says you tie the cat and then set the dog on it.... hey presto, two birds with one stone !! ;D ;)     
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 Now you know I like cats too, (just not in MY garden)... so don't get huffy, it's a joke! :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: fermi de Sousa on March 31, 2009, 06:52:59 AM


 Ferni! You miss the point... Lily says you tie the cat and then set the dog on it.... hey presto, two birds with one stone !! ;D ;)     

 Now you know I like cats too, (just not in MY garden)... so don't get huffy, it's a joke! :)
But one of "the two birds" will be the dog! Miss Lily needs to do a bit more planning on this one!
Miss Soo-Ti (our black moggie, Sooty) says she'd still be sitting there, but Lachie is pretty sure he can outrun any dawg!
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 31, 2009, 12:50:53 PM


 Fermi! You miss the point... Lily says you tie the cat and then set the dog on it.... hey presto, two birds with one stone !! ;D ;)     

 Now you know I like cats too, (just not in MY garden)... so don't get huffy, it's a joke! :)
But one of "the two birds" will be the dog! Miss Lily needs to do a bit more planning on this one!
Miss Soo-Ti (our black moggie, Sooty) says she'd still be sitting there, but Lachie is pretty sure he can outrun any dawg!
cheers
fermi

I have to disagree.... if the person can avoid the death curse by tying the dog to the plantthen surely the dog can avoid death by chasing the cat the person tied to the plant? Seems quite clear to me.  ::)
 By the  way, Molly, our visiting Westie says to tell Lachie she'll take him on anytime!( She is VERY fast!)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: SueG on March 31, 2009, 03:18:35 PM


 Fermi! You miss the point... Lily says you tie the cat and then set the dog on it.... hey presto, two birds with one stone !! ;D ;)     

 Now you know I like cats too, (just not in MY garden)... so don't get huffy, it's a joke! :)
But one of "the two birds" will be the dog! Miss Lily needs to do a bit more planning on this one!
Miss Soo-Ti (our black moggie, Sooty) says she'd still be sitting there, but Lachie is pretty sure he can outrun any dawg!
cheers
fermi

I have to disagree.... if the person can avoid the death curse by tying the dog to the plantthen surely the dog can avoid death by chasing the cat the person tied to the plant? Seems quite clear to me.  ::)
 By the  way, Molly, our visiting Westie says to tell Lachie she'll take him on anytime!( She is VERY fast!)

I'd be pretty impressed if anyone could catch Chloe or Harry (the cats) to tie them to anything - the transition cat to ICBM is instantaneous ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 31, 2009, 04:53:00 PM
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I'd be pretty impressed if anyone could catch Chloe or Harry (the cats) to tie them to anything - the transition cat to ICBM is instantaneous
Hmmm..... not easy getting an intercontinental ballistic missile into a cage to go to the vet, then, Sue?  ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on March 31, 2009, 09:08:20 PM

I have to disagree.... if the person can avoid the death curse by tying the dog to the plantthen surely the dog can avoid death by chasing the cat the person tied to the plant? Seems quite clear to me.  ::)
 By the  way, Molly, our visiting Westie says to tell Lachie she'll take him on anytime!( She is VERY fast!)
It's the screaming of the mandrake as it is uprooted that kills the dog/cat, so Lily wouldn't want to be within earshot!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Gerry Webster on March 31, 2009, 09:25:33 PM
It's the screaming of the mandrake as it is uprooted that kills the dog/cat, so Lily wouldn't want to be within earshot!
I  didn't know that mandrakes were also effective against cats. An excellent new resource indeed. I must place an order for a couple of hundred plants & prepare to uproot them. As an urban gardener, the screaming [the cat's] would be music to my ears.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Michael J Campbell on March 31, 2009, 09:37:57 PM
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the screaming [the cat's] would be music to my ears.

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Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on April 01, 2009, 11:29:30 AM
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It's the screaming of the mandrake as it is uprooted that kills the dog/cat, so Lily wouldn't want to be within earshot!
Pardon?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on May 05, 2009, 11:15:14 PM
Diane's latest Diary is online...... http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+May+/197/
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on May 05, 2009, 11:25:52 PM
Thanks, Maggi, you beat me to it!  Hope you enjoy it!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on May 05, 2009, 11:33:37 PM
Always do, Diane. It is so interesting to see what is at the same stage as up here in Aberdeen and what is behind... or sometimes ahead..... ??? ::)

Your garden is looking very well just now. we need more rain. Though we have had some fairly steady fall today, there are quite a few plants which could do with rather more rain to really pep them up properly.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 09, 2009, 10:58:28 PM
Some Seedy things going on in the Midlands.  My new blog is out

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+June+/206/ (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+June+/206/)

Spot the Aberdeen connection (again!)


Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Brian Ellis on June 10, 2009, 08:55:54 AM
and, as Maggi said elsewhere, Corydalis 'Craigton Blue' looks much a much better plant in the garden than in a pot at Wisley.  Great posting again Diane, thanks.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on July 08, 2009, 06:30:12 PM

Some more seedy happenings here in the Midlands.  My latest blog is just out

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+July+/211/ (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+July+/211/)

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Gerdk on July 08, 2009, 07:29:16 PM
Diane,
Enjoyed your EXCELLENT Diary vey much - just as interesting as the preceding ones!

Gerd
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Ragged Robin on July 08, 2009, 09:17:29 PM
Diane, I just love your diaries which are so full of information and real love of the plants you show; growing so happily in different areas of your garden - you have such a range of wonderful things it's hard to imagine how you fit them all in!  As for your seed production, it's quite amazing and fascinating to see the different stages of growth under the conditions you mention.  Altogether a wonderful treat to be taken 'round' by you, thanks so much  :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on July 09, 2009, 08:21:56 AM
Another great episode in your diary Diane !  8)
As always, very interesting !!!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lvandelft on July 09, 2009, 07:00:21 PM
Diane
your Blog is very interesting. Somehow I missed several notices of you that a new Blog was out, no wonder in this
enormous forum with so many interesting entries. Today I found it  again and catched up reading.
I like it very much. Thank you!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on July 10, 2009, 12:57:07 PM
Thanks to everyone for comments, both public and private.  At least I know someone's reading it. 
And it makes me realise what an enormous job Ian does to keep writing on a weekly basis.  Just sorting the pictures out and resizing seems to take me ages. 
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: WimB on July 11, 2009, 10:14:47 AM
Very nice blog, Diane.

it's one of the blogs (next to Ian's and a couple others) I always read with great interest
Thank you
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on July 14, 2009, 12:43:47 PM
Very nice blog, Diane.
it's one of the blogs (next to Ian's and a couple others) I always read with great interest
Thank you   

Thank you, Wim, I'm honoured to be given a mention in the same sentence as the great BD
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on July 14, 2009, 03:50:13 PM
Very nice blog, Diane.
it's one of the blogs (next to Ian's and a couple others) I always read with great interest
Thank you   

Thank you, Wim, I'm honoured to be given a mention in the same sentence as the great BD

 You have lots in common with the BD, Diane, although YOU do sow more seed than he does!  ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on July 17, 2009, 10:20:31 PM
You have lots in common with the BD, Diane, although YOU do sow more seed than he does!  ;D


But he writes more blogs than me   ;D  ;D

However, I have managed to do a quickie this week  

Midland Diary No 15 - Round the garden in Mid July

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+July+/214/ (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+July+/214/)

The next blog may be from somewhere more sunny (I hope  ;)  ;)  )
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Brian Ellis on July 17, 2009, 10:24:30 PM
It will be interesting to hear how the codonopsis fare in their sheeps clothing 8)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on July 17, 2009, 10:30:45 PM
Diane, would it not be easier to get a sheep.... plant the codonopsis ON its back.... and then have it eat the grass to keep your lawn neat.......  ??? ::)  Multi-tasking is all the rage, after all?  ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Paul T on July 18, 2009, 05:16:46 AM
Sounds like someone is trying to pull the wool over our eyes!!  ;)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on July 18, 2009, 08:27:00 AM
Diane, would it not be easier to get a sheep.... plant the codonopsis ON its back.... and then have it eat the grass to keep your lawn neat.......  ??? ::)  Multi-tasking is all the rage, after all?  ::)   

YES, what an excellent idea.  I'll add it to my list of daft things to do this summer ... 
first catch your sheep
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Paul T on July 18, 2009, 09:44:29 AM
Diane,

So... are we allowed to ask what is already on your list of "daft things to do this summer"?  You're sounding like it is already a lengthy tome, so maybe you could share a few with us?  I find daft things are much more fun done spontaneously.... creating a list ahead of time means you have to sort of keep to a schedule to get them all done, which takes the fun out of it.  ;D ;D :P
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on August 11, 2009, 07:24:09 PM
I am most interested to see  that in Diane's latest Midland Diary 11 August 2009 on the AGS site,
http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+August+/218/ (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+August+/218/)    ..........

Diane mentions that she finds that the white forms of Cyclamen hederifolium are the first to begin flowering every year: this is exactly what we find here in Aberdeen. It is always the gorgeous white flowers that appear first..... we don't know why, either!



Diane also tells us that she has "decided to get rid of an unproductive Rhododendron saluensis" ..... I'm surprised to hear that.... since R. saluenense  is one of my favourite rhodos, because of its willingness to flower at all times of the year , and flower generously, at that! Pity we couldn't get Diane's rhodo and mine in synch like our Cyc. hederifoliums! :-X

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 11, 2009, 07:47:25 PM
Diane also tells us that she has "decided to get rid of an unproductive Rhododendron saluensis" ..... I'm surprised to hear that.... this is one of my favourite rhodos, because of its willingness to flower at all times of the year , and flower generously, at that! Pity we couldn't get Diane's rhodo and mine in synch like our Cyc. hederifoliums! :-X   

Thanks, Maggi, as always, for your interest! 
The Rhodo saluensis most year never flowered, this year it actually produced about 6 flowers.  It was a healthy plant, about 1m high, but I had to find space and felt that it didn't really justify its position.  Its place has been taken by a lovely Barry Starling hybrid called "Sleeping Beauty", Yaku fairy x hanceana nana, which had outgrown its previous place in a trough.  I'm sure you can imagine with that parentage, it is a good flowerer. 
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on August 11, 2009, 07:54:47 PM

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Its place has been taken by a lovely Barry Starling hybrid called "Sleeping Beauty", Yaku fairy x hanceana nana, which had outgrown its previous place in a trough.  I'm sure you can imagine with that parentage, it is a good flowerer.

I can imagine that, Diane..... and, if it has outgrown its previous home, perhaps it has enough growth to allow for a cutting or two to be taken....... ;D ;) ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 11, 2009, 11:41:19 PM
I can imagine that, Diane..... and, if it has outgrown its previous home, perhaps it has enough growth to allow for a cutting or two to be taken....... ;D ;) ::)   

I'll take that as a hint and see what I can do ...
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on August 12, 2009, 12:00:55 AM
I can imagine that, Diane..... and, if it has outgrown its previous home, perhaps it has enough growth to allow for a cutting or two to be taken....... ;D ;) ::)   

I'll take that as a hint and see what I can do ...
thank goodness for that.... thought for a minute I was being too subtle ..... ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 30, 2009, 09:10:25 PM
I'm still repotting cyclamen.  I'm still collecting seed.  The garden is showing the first signs of Autumn ...

If you want to see how I do these things, my latest blog is out:

Midland Diary No 17 - The end of August  (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+August+/222/)



Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on September 26, 2009, 12:11:06 PM
There's a feel of autumn in the air, the nights are now noticeably drawing in.

My latest blog is out:

Midland Diary no 18 - The nights draw in  (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+September+/227/)

Here's some sneak previews


Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on January 12, 2010, 07:55:44 PM
Diane has made a start to the new year with her Midland Diary.....
http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+January+/249/
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 14, 2010, 12:50:51 PM
If you'd like a peep inside my Access frame, take a look at my new Diary entry. 

Midland Blog Number 22  Slow beginnings (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+February+/253/)

Here's a couple of previews

Adonis amurensis
Galanthus Wendy's Gold
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: fleurbleue on February 14, 2010, 02:02:09 PM
Happy to read you again Diane  :D I couldn't wait for your diary  ;)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 14, 2010, 02:05:56 PM
Those shots of your well-filled access frame will be getting a lot of folks envious, Diane, and planning to get something similar.

I'm interested to read that you use it as an open shady place in summer.... I can think of quite a lot of plants that I would have in it to protect them from our summer wet, which seems every bit as lethal to some plants as winter wet.

The garden snowdrops here may be a little bit more advanced than yours, though not by much...there is the anxious wait now to see if the hoped for shoots of so many plants that are "missing in action" at the moment will finally pop through the ground or if the winter has meant an end to them.My guess is there are quite a lot of casualties here......I do hope you fare better.  ;)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 14, 2010, 02:32:39 PM
Those shots of your well-filled access frame will be getting a lot of folks envious, Diane, and planning to get something similar.

I'm interested to read that you use it as an open shady place in summer.... I can think of quite a lot of plants that I would have in it to protect them from our summer wet, which seems every bit as lethal to some plants as winter wet.  

Yes, summer wet is an issue for some plants, but they are not the ones in the shade house!  I have other greenhouses that are dry in summer!  
I've got the option with the Access frame of taking the glass out of the roof, or sliding it one way or the other, so if it is torrential (or May hailstorms) I can close up.  Here it is in June last year, with the roof off, shade on, inside there is a jungle of Arisaemas!

Notice the use of leaded thread sold for curtains, holding the sides of the shade netting down   8)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on February 14, 2010, 07:26:22 PM
Diane, what is the structure your frame is sitting on please? I can't tell if it is paving slabs or some kind of concrete edging material. Also are your tanalised boards fixed on to blockwork or just to wooden supports, I guess them to be about a meter high? Last one, is it filled with sand from top to bottom or did you fill to depth with rubble and then top out with sand?  Sorry about the interrogation ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on February 14, 2010, 07:58:08 PM
If you'd like a peep inside my Access frame, take a look at my new Diary entry. 

Midland Blog Number 22  Slow beginnings ([url]http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+February+/253/[/url])

Here's a couple of previews

Adonis amurensis
Galanthus Wendy's Gold


Good to see A. amurensis is still going strong since January 30th Diane, and more flowers on the way !
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 14, 2010, 08:04:54 PM
Diane, what is the structure your frame is sitting on please? I can't tell if it is paving slabs or some kind of concrete edging material. Also are your tanalised boards fixed on to blockwork or just to wooden supports, I guess them to be about a meter high? Last one, is it filled with sand from top to bottom or did you fill to depth with rubble and then top out with sand?  Sorry about the interrogation ;D 


The frame is sitting on concrete edging, some we had around, this was just to stop it sitting directly on the soil.  The tanalised boards are each 15cm and there are three, so the total depth is about half a metre.  The base also came from Access, purpose made for the job (expensive, but I thought worth it, as I haven't the time or ability to make them myself).  I did start the infill with some breeze blocks and odds and ends of bricks, etc, then filled with a cubic metre of sand - wasn't enough, so had to get another 6 or so bags.  (I remember an article by Bob and Rannveig Wallis where they described filing in with old TVs and bikes) 

This was the frame I had (you can see the optional extra base at the bottom which is available in different depths)

http://www.garden-products.co.uk/customer/product.php?productid=22247 (http://www.garden-products.co.uk/customer/product.php?productid=22247)

OK, it was expensive but it is very good.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on February 14, 2010, 08:24:45 PM
Diane, many thanks for that. Food for thought!!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 24, 2010, 09:40:46 PM
We had a few days in Spain last week. This year, unfortunately, the global climatic quirks hit us and heavy rain did fall a couple of times, fortunately the worst of it at night.  However, there were some super plants to be seen

My latest blog can be seen here:

Midland Diary No 23  (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+February+/257/)  

Here's a few spoilers:

Narcissus cantabricus
Ophrys apifera
Sunrise over the Med
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on May 30, 2010, 09:53:54 AM
Following the harsh winter, I have had some surprising survivors, and some losses.  But by late May the winter is almost forgotten, and the garden is looking good, with an unexpected blue bonus

My latest blog can be seen here:

Midland Diary No 28  (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+May+/280/) 

Here's a few spoilers:
Dianthus 'La Bourboule'
Geranium cinereum 'Ballerina'
Meconopsis 'Lingholm'
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 13, 2010, 10:37:17 PM
Some plants I thought I had lost following the harsh winter, have started to show signs of life.
One of the June jobs on my list is repotting hepaticas.

Both can be seen in my latest blog by clicking here:

Midland Diary No 29  (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+June+/283/) 

Here's a few spoilers:

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on June 15, 2010, 10:26:55 PM
Very interesting article on hepaticas Diane. The roots really do get a workout don't they? You don't trim them as well as some, including me, do I see.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 15, 2010, 11:09:38 PM
Very interesting article on hepaticas Diane. The roots really do get a workout don't they? You don't trim them as well as some, including me, do I see.

Thanks, Anne.  In the past I have trimmed the roots by about a third, Japanese style.  I'm not sure why, but this year I am experimenting with not trimming them.  We will see next spring what happens ...
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on June 16, 2010, 11:23:20 PM
I too have a bay tree in a tub, (rather than a pot) in the process of being trained as a standard and it has never been frosted (probably a milder winter here) but the darned thing sends up shoots from the bottom every year, making the standard arrangement impossible. I trim off each batch by cutting down though the compost right against the trunk but that seems to encourage even more. So I'm ending up with a shrubby plant in a tub. >:(
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on July 05, 2010, 10:39:33 PM
Diane's latest Midland Gardener's Diary for the AGS website is online  here:
http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+July+/287/

Full of the usual good tips and clear photos to let us see precisely what she is describing.... don't miss it!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on July 05, 2010, 10:57:11 PM
Diane's blog has many good lessons to learn, just as the Bulblog has. Not made easier for me today by the scroll on my computer not working smoothly. It goes up or down in waves, several small tsunami actions for each scroll. Not sure why. Well I haven't a clue actually, except that Roger removed an unwanted programme earlier today.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on July 05, 2010, 11:02:36 PM
Diane's latest Midland Gardener's Diary for the AGS website is online  here:
[url]http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+July+/287/[/url]
Full of the usual good tips and clear photos to let us see precisely what she is describing.... don't miss it!  


Thanks Maggi, that was quick!
And a couple of the usual spoilers

Rhododendron hirsutum
Sarracenia hyb
and one for the BD
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on July 05, 2010, 11:11:09 PM
Diane, your Rhodendron hirsutum is lovely.... one I like very much but which I no longer have. I was fond of it but I got annoyed with the new foliage hiding the late flowers.  In a moment of rashness I  lifted  it with some garish hybrids to give to a friend with a new garden. I had some notion of gaining space.... which I did, but I should have kept the hirsutum!
I have 'Intermedium' the ferrugineum x hirsutum hybrid and a white form of 'Intermedium'....neither of which have done well these last couple of years.  :-[ :-\ :-X

Erythronium seedpods not quite that ripe here... and wind and rain squalls not helping. :P

 The first Cyclamen purpurascens flower is out so it must be summer....  :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: johnw on July 06, 2010, 01:30:50 AM
Diane, your Rhodendron hirsutum is lovely....

I'll say!  A real icing-sugar pink. Marvellous, even scales on the flowers.

johnw
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: johnw on July 06, 2010, 01:34:17 AM
Diane's blog has many good lessons to learn, just as the Bulblog has. Not made easier for me today by the scroll on my computer not working smoothly. It goes up or down in waves, several small tsunami actions for each scroll. Not sure why. Well I haven't a clue actually, except that Roger removed an unwanted programme earlier today.

Lesley - Sounds as if your mouse needs vacuuming. Check the interior for lint.  Surely Roger must be able to operate the new vac by now or at least break it in. Our mouse regularly fills up and I don't understand why, we give the house a good vaccuming once a year.

johnw
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on July 07, 2010, 09:37:39 PM
Thanks John, seems like a good idea. I'll try that.

Later: Have tried an older non-optical mouse and the problem remains but it too is probably full of dust. I think I'll probably need to try the man down the road who fixes my computer problems. The fact is I need a new computer altogether but can't afford one. For now, until I've cleared the current emails I'll keep on with this mouse than go offline for a couple of days.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 08, 2010, 08:26:00 AM
My new diary entry reflects my busy summer life out of school,

Midland Blog Number 31 - August jobs (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+August+/294/)

collecting seed

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 08, 2010, 08:34:15 AM
repotting bulbs (the BD has a lot to answer for)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 08, 2010, 08:37:34 AM
and dealing with the summer harvest  ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on August 09, 2010, 10:33:25 PM
A dab of butter with the beans would go down well there Diane, and a bowl of cream for the berries. They look luscious. There's nothing like picking one's own fruit and vegs. :D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on August 10, 2010, 09:53:30 AM
Oh, no! The cyclamen need doing and I haven't started on the daffs yet!! :o
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on August 10, 2010, 10:02:15 AM
Daffs and Cyclamen done, now what about the Crocus and Iris and Romuleas and.................
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on August 10, 2010, 10:10:18 AM
OK, Smartypants....
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 10, 2010, 10:16:37 AM
Daffs and Cyclamen done, now what about the Crocus and Iris and Romuleas and.................

I haven't done daffs yet either, but yesterday finished snowdrops and autumn crocus.  Rest of the crocus today, daffs tomorrow ...
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on August 10, 2010, 12:21:33 PM
Chucking it down here, no chance of doing anything.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Martinr on August 10, 2010, 05:52:55 PM
Chucking it down here, no chance of doing anything.

What's the problem? Take over the kitchen  ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on August 10, 2010, 07:10:00 PM
Bravery isn't one of my strong points Martin :-[
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on August 30, 2010, 12:04:27 PM
Diane's latest diary is online:

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+August+/299/
    ..all about "underground strategies"... is there any wonder the BD and Diane get on so well?  ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 30, 2010, 12:12:53 PM
Diane's latest diary is online:

[url]http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+August+/299/[/url]
    ..all about "underground strategies"... is there any wonder the BD and Diane get on so well?  ;D


Thanks, Maggi, you just beat me to it.  Of course, I learnt (and still learn) a lot from the BD!  I think it was the first time I heard him give a talk I realised it was OK to photograph all the underground bits (I'd been doing it a while but thought it wasn't something to admit in public)    :o  :o

Just three pictures from the current blog

1. Dry land strategy
2. How to tell Arisaema ciliatum from A consanguineum
3. The garden is full of these  ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on August 30, 2010, 12:28:54 PM
Diane, it is just this sort of photo that tells us so much about the plants and their life and needs, as you realise.... a million times more valuable than a pretty photo of the flowers and why these details are so fascinating to readers/ viewers. 8)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on September 27, 2010, 09:59:58 PM
Before seed takes over all of my spare time, I've done a diary entry, click to view:

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+September+/304/ (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+September+/304/)

It's about propagating gesneriads, and a certain September storm  ::)

a couple of spoilers
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: fermi de Sousa on September 30, 2010, 08:08:02 AM
Quote
There is a tradition held by some people to water their bulbs on 1st September but this tradition started considerably north of me, and I have found this to be a bit too early

How far North is Aberdeen? ;D
A good indication about adapting cultivation to your own conditions.
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on September 30, 2010, 09:00:04 AM
Quote
There is a tradition held by some people to water their bulbs on 1st September but this tradition started considerably north of me, and I have found this to be a bit too early

How far North is Aberdeen? ;D
A good indication about adapting cultivation to your own conditions.
cheers
fermi
Wolverhampton to Aberdeen = 314 miles or 505.23 Kilometers ......and though that doesn't sound very far, there is quite a difference in our local conditions.....as usual Diane is showing he "grower's sense" in adapting cultivation to her own situation.  8)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on September 30, 2010, 10:45:53 AM
Wolverhampton to Aberdeen = 314 miles or 505.23 Kilometers ......and though that doesn't sound very far, there is quite a difference in our local conditions.....as usual Diane is showing he "grower's sense" in adapting cultivation to her own situation.  8)  

more on this later, but check your source Maggi, it must be over 400 miles
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on September 30, 2010, 10:53:48 AM
I will do that Diane... it didn't SEEM far enough, if you know what I mean!!

 How about 425/ 680 ? 
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on September 30, 2010, 01:03:10 PM
I will do that Diane... it didn't SEEM far enough, if you know what I mean!!

 How about 425/ 680 ?  

Sounds more like it.  We used to drive up to Aberdeen quite a lot and it was more than 300 from Preston where we used to stop off.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on September 30, 2010, 10:24:29 PM
Diane I found that really interesting about propagating gesneriads. I got a couple of Petrocosmea grandiflora from Maureen Wilson. I would hate to lose them so I will follow your instructions and hopefully will have some success.
Thanks

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on September 30, 2010, 10:31:29 PM
Diane I found that really interesting about propagating gesneriads. I got a couple of Petrocosmea grandiflora from Maureen Wilson. I would hate to lose them so I will follow your instructions and hopefully will have some success.
Thanks
Angie :)   

Good luck with them, Angie, I think you'll find P grandiflora quite easy to propagate although it can take a good few weeks.  Some of the other species do not seem quite so amenable.  If they are they mature plants they'll be coming into flower fairly soon, mine are currently budding up nicely.  Also, bearing in mind that 400+ miles difference in latitude, I'd keep them frost free to be on the safe side  8)   
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on September 30, 2010, 10:41:34 PM
Thanks Diane for the advice. I am keeping them in my greenhouse. Hope mine flower.

Today I had a man from the Cactus Society take some of my succulents and cactus away. He was going to take my funny face plant away and I hurriedly said oh no not that one he is famous I have got to keep him forever. Told him where to look on Ytube if he wants to see the plant talking. He said he couldn't wait to see it.
Now I have more space in the greenhouse. ;D ;D
Thanks

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on November 08, 2010, 11:40:55 AM
I have just made a post in the Seed Exchange area about Diane's latest Midland Diary...http://www.srgc.org.uk/smf/index.php?topic=6215.new#new for the post and here for the diary:

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+November+/311/


Diane is a tireless worker for the AGS Seed Exchange and you can read something of the work of  a Seed Ex. here..... if you have ever benefitted from the fruits of the labours of any of the seed ex. folks from the various plant organistaions, I suggest you read the diary and take a moment to thank the workers for their efforts!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on December 01, 2010, 09:25:12 PM
We haven't had as much snow as our friends up in Scotland and in the north east of England, but we have had a little bit.  Out in the garden, I have protected a meconopsis from the worst of the weather.  And in the greenhouse there are a few brave flowers.  To see more, click here for my latest blog:

Midland Diary Number 35 - An early start to winter (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+November+/316/)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 03, 2011, 01:26:49 PM
At last I've had a chance to enjoy Diane's latest  log...Diary Entry No 37 - A cold garden.

Most of us can sympathise with that title at the moment.  :P

The Petrocosmea deserves its little bit of heat to give you such flowers at this time.  I keep mine in the corner of a kitchen window which they seem to enjoy.

As for out of doors, seems we all have a lot to be thankful to Hamamelis for -certainly the most flower power at the moment.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Roma on February 04, 2011, 05:04:55 PM
Noticed again your protected Meconopsis in your December 1st, Diane when Maggi's comment brought me back to this page.  I wish I had covered mine. I have /?had a three year old self sown seedling of Meconopsis superba, a young plant I bought last year and a small Mec. napaulensis.  The outer leaves of the big plant look ok and I hope the centre is, as it looks as if it is going to flower this year, but there are a lot of dead leaves in between.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on February 04, 2011, 05:20:30 PM
Roma, I think you've got a much easier climate than me to grow Meconopsis.  I think spring is the problem, no the winter as they start to grow now and they don't want soggy weather on those hairy leaves.  Every year I struggle and get slightly more successes to balance the failures.  This is the first time I have tried a little roof and the plant is still looking good - the roof blew off today with the gales but soon got it back on and no harm done.  I've got several pots of seedlings coming on, including one beautiful looking plant of M punicea from wild collected seed ex Holubec - waiting to be planted out in a few weeks.  Is it self fertile? as I've only got the one  ::) ....
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on February 20, 2011, 03:45:00 PM
Diane's latest Diary is online: http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+February+/326/
 Particularly interesting is her series of photos of  the stages of germination of cyclamen seed...... see it and learn  8)

 Also rejoice at Diane's pix of seed pots sprouting like cress.... very satisfying!  :D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Gunilla on February 20, 2011, 04:52:01 PM
I haven't tried sowing cyclamen before but this time I ordered seed from both the SRGC and AGS seed exchange.  I followed Diane's very clear sowing instructions and now 5 weeks later they are beginning to sprout  8).  I'm so pleased.
Your photos of the germination process are super, Diane.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Roma on February 20, 2011, 05:52:05 PM
To go back to Meconopsis punicea Diane,  I didn't think it was self-fertile but got seed last year from a single plant.  I wasn't sure if the seed would be viable because the did not look big enough or plump enough so I did not send any to the exchanges.  I sowed some myself, rather thickly in July.  To my surprise when I checked some of my seed pots today I found they have germinated like cress.  I did have Meconopsis cookei 'Old Rose' growing quite close, but do not know if it has viable pollen.   
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 18, 2011, 07:39:06 PM
Some of us were very interested in a new class  that Diane talked about briefly with her photos from the AGS Loughborough show..... the class calls for
“3 pans rock plants, distinct, all requiring similar cultural conditions. Educational information about 'How and Where to Grow' to be provided.  These classes are intended to educate the public on how and where to grow a group of plants. They will be judged not only on the quality of the plants exhibited but also on the educational content of the accompanying notes.  In judging these classes, the educational information should carry as much weight as the plants themselves.”

Diane has written about her entry in her latest Midland Diary... it got lost for a few days but it is now resplendent on the AGS website , here:

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+March+/336/
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Nick_the_grief on March 18, 2011, 08:27:09 PM
I think it's a brilliant idea if only to encourage more people.  The NAtional Chrysanthemum society tried something similar with a class for Boulou pot chrysanths - mind you I find them damn difficult to grow ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 18, 2011, 08:41:10 PM
I think it's a very good idea too. A similar thing has been tried in Scotland with
"3 pans distinct,2 parent species and a hybrid or three cultivars" or some such.... not to any great success a regards entries, I'm afraid.



In my ignorance I did not know what a Boulou was .... so for anyone else in my shoes, here's a page from the NCS.....http://www.nationalchrysanthemumsociety.org.uk/NCS-boulous.htm
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Nick_the_grief on March 18, 2011, 08:45:35 PM
Sorry Maggi - should have thought of that! and anyone fancy any then Steve Budding from Brookside nursery in Leicester is the man to speak to ( advert in the Loughborough show schedule I noticed  ;D)

http://www.brooksidenurseries.co.uk/xanths.html (http://www.brooksidenurseries.co.uk/xanths.html)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 18, 2011, 09:19:59 PM
Nae probs, Nick.... I've enjoyed finding out about them.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on March 19, 2011, 08:13:33 PM
I would have liked to talk a little about Diane's super entry in the feedback part of the AGS site but as previously I have forgotten my login and username so can't. Because of major problems with my computer recently I've also got rid of all the deleted items and emptied the recycle bin, as they were about a week ago so can't go back to the AGS replies to my email for help with the login etc. So will have to email Jill Larner and hope she is patient enought to help me yet again..

BUT in the meantime, I too think this class is an excellent idea because more and more as for many years, people's gardens have become smaller and smaller and if one happens to have a small plot in full sun or in cold damp conditions, or fully exposed to wind or whatever, it must be helpful to be guided towards plants that will do well in those conditions, whatever one has been landed with and perhaps therefore, avoid plants which may look great in the nursery or the catalogue or on the showbench, but haven't a hope of succding in one's own garden.

Diane's information for the hepaticas and how she is growing them was to my mind, exactly what the class should be wanting and I'm surprised that the judges didn't go there, though of course I have no idea what else was entered, to make a comparison. Having said that, I would have interpreted "3 plants, distinct," as being 3 plants of separate genera which would all grow well in the conditions described. Whatever, they are beautiful plants and a real pleasure to see them.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 19, 2011, 08:32:09 PM
In  SRGC rules and AGS too, "distinct"  can mean a difference as simple as three colour forms of the same species while "different genera" is used when calling for that category.

One could enter three genera in a more general three pan class.....  so that 3 pans bulbs, distinct, could be either three different daffs or a Scilla, a Muscari and an Ipheion, for example.
More usually though, a class calls for  three pans Asiastic Primula, distinct or three pans Crocus, distinct.

The meanings  of 'distinct'  and 'different genera'  are something that puzzles a good few new exhibitors.
 
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on March 29, 2011, 10:10:27 AM
If the definition of a weed is "A plant in the wrong place", then our garden is full of weeds at the moment. However, just because they have sown themselves doesn't mean they are not attractive.  Click here for my Midland Diary no 40

Midland Diary No 40 - A plant in the wrong place (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+March+/338/)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on March 29, 2011, 10:32:54 AM
Diane, this is a diary entry which really speaks to me of Spring. Is there any flower more lovely in the British Isles at this time of year than the primrose?

Your pictures are so charming that I am almost diverted from my feelings of envy that you have such an overabundance of these wonderful plants - almost   ::) :-X

One would make a wish for all our gardens that all 'weeds' were as lovely and desireable.

It is funny how sometimes one's own 'weeds' are someone elses' treasure.... in our garden our worst weed is Tropaeolum speciosum ! I would willingly swap it for your native gems!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: KK-Ann Arbor on March 29, 2011, 05:22:18 PM
Diane, I would not mind at all having the environment that invites primulas to self sow as freely as seen in your photo.  I only wish to have such an environment for my hepaticas some day, so that I can describe them as “my weeds”, like Maggi.

Koko
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: hadacekf on March 29, 2011, 07:33:47 PM
Diane,
Primula vulgaris - a beautiful plant. I like  this 'weed'.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on April 14, 2011, 10:16:50 AM
My garden is full of colour at the moment.  Off to the conference shortly, so not much time for words, just a quick look round with the camera.  Hope to see lots of you at Nottingham.

Midland Diary No 41 - April in the garden (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/servlet/diaryservlet?command=viewentry&category1=midland&sitearea=diary&articleid=342&category=midland)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Pilling on April 14, 2011, 12:26:41 PM
The hylomecon japonica looks good, but  :( it doesn't look like the so called ones I grew from AGS Seed Ex 8/9... (flower at a different time, different leaf, not as attractive).



Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on April 14, 2011, 09:55:44 PM
Diane, do you send seed in to the exchanges of the soft yellow primrose? I know so many people, including me, who grow from seed or buy the plant only to get orangey or pinkish sahdes, and we're all terribly disappointed. Some "Genuine" seed would be much appreciated. :)

David, I can't see a pic here of the Hylomecon. Where is it please? Maybe you have had the same experience as I have had, with, I think, 4 attempts from seed exchanges, to grow this lovely golden poppy but every time it has been one of two Stylophorum species. S. diphyllum is a good plant, under its own identity, the other has been weedy for me but I still want the true Hylomecon.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Gunilla on April 15, 2011, 05:37:14 AM
Maybe you have had the same experience as I have had, with, I think, 4 attempts from seed exchanges, to grow this lovely golden poppy but every time it has been one of two Stylophorum species. S. diphyllum is a good plant, under its own identity, the other has been weedy for me but I still want the true Hylomecon.
I could send you some fresh seeds from Hylomecon japonica later on if you want. I have never thought of collecting any before but I suppose it sets seeds.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Pilling on April 15, 2011, 11:31:03 AM
David, I can't see a pic here of the Hylomecon. Where is it please? Maybe you have had the same experience as I have had, with, I think, 4 attempts from seed exchanges, to grow this lovely golden poppy but every time it has been one of two Stylophorum species. S. diphyllum is a good plant, under its own identity, the other has been weedy for me but I still want the true Hylomecon.



This is a direct link:

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/image_files/diary/sizedDSC_147116168.jpg

it is half way down the latest blog:

http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/servlet/diaryservlet?command=viewentry&category1=midland&sitearea=diary&articleid=342&category=midland

Thanks for the suggestion of stylophorum, but I don't think that's what I've got. (later, change of heart, looked at more Google images, it might be this...)

I saw hylomecon on the TV, and thought that looks nice, got "it" from the seed ex, and was not impressed. In a garden full of meconopsis cambrica whatever it is does not impress, although it flowers later and has surprisingly survived from year to year, it has also set seed, which to my (now) shame I have fed back to the seed ex (small round shiny black seed). On the TV they said "japanese poppy" and it's like that, so I thought no more about identifying it.

As to primroses, a garden awash with them, but in all colours, big and small flowers, polyanthus. As they say, the results of the seed are interesting, but I don't think there's a seed ex catagory. Or maybe you've just told me 'primula vulgaris'  ;)

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Pilling on April 17, 2011, 11:33:40 AM
I'd couldn't find a photo from previous years, but the plants were making good progress yesterday, so here is a photo.

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on April 17, 2011, 08:48:18 PM
David, yours is definitely a Stylophorum and I think it is S. lasiocarpum, which is inferior to S. diphyllum. Both seed around quite prolifically but are easy enough to remove. There are plenty pictures of both if you Google.

Gunilla, if you get seed on your genuine Hylomecon, I would love to have some please. That's a kind thought. It is listed on our Biosecurity Index so it's OK for me to receive it.

Many thanks.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Pilling on April 17, 2011, 09:27:13 PM
Lesley - thanks for the id.

Gunilla - I suspect you offered the seed to Lesley, but if it should turn out you have more than enough for Lesley, maybe I could trade something with you.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 04, 2011, 09:06:12 AM
It's been a while and I've no excuse, but here's my latest diary entry:
End of a dry spring (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+May+/353/)

And the usual few spoilers:

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: art600 on June 10, 2011, 04:47:13 PM
Diane

Always a pleasure to read your diary.

How do you get the Roscoea to increase - do you give it special treatment, or is it just a very good clone?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 12, 2011, 10:55:50 AM
Diane  Always a pleasure to read your diary.
How do you get the Roscoea to increase - do you give it special treatment, or is it just a very good clone?  

Thanks for your comment, Arthur.  Absolutely no special treatment to the Roscoea.  The big one lives in a raised bed on the (relatively) sunny side of the garden (that's still not much sun by most peoples' standards).  It might have had some Osmocote a couple of times but it thrives on neglect.  Your remark has sent me back on a (short) voyage of discovery to find out how long I have had it.  I think it came from Paul Christian in 2005 and I think it is Roscoea cautleyoides "Reinier".  In 2006 (sorry, poor scanned slide) it was a young plant but the four spikes were already producing good numbers of flowers.  I can't find a picture for 2007 but in 2008 it had made a good clump.  2009 and 2010 were both excellent years. This year it's not quite as good as previous years, and is certainly not as tall.  I think this is due to the dry April as other plants in the same raised bed are not quite as good as usual.  In the past it has produced dozens of seedlings at a distance where the seed pods touch the ground when the flowers fall but nearly all the seedlings have been killed by the previous two bad winters.  This year, there’s one flowering seedling which I am going to move in the autumn to another site.    
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 12, 2011, 11:10:23 AM
My other Roscoea cautleyoides is quite different.  The tall one does get some sun (although our garden is not a very sunny site) but my smaller one is in shade for most of the time.  I think this came in 2007, also from Paul Christian and I think it is probably "Jeffrey Thomas" (thanks to Ian McE for jogging my memory on this one).  It is a much small plant than the other and has bulked up slower.  Again it was better in 2009 and 2010 than this year.   
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on June 12, 2011, 11:36:30 PM
I didn't rrealize there is so much variation within Roscoea cautleyoides but I suppose that's because I have just one form and keep on raising seed from that one. They're all lovely.

I think your peachy Meconopsis is very nice Diane. Hopefully that pod will develop so you can keep it going. And I'm very impressed by the Leucogenes. They are tricky things at the best of times, especially in dry conditions.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 13, 2011, 07:54:32 PM
I think your peachy Meconopsis is very nice Diane. Hopefully that pod will develop so you can keep it going. And I'm very impressed by the Leucogenes. They are tricky things at the best of times, especially in dry conditions.

Dry? we don't do dry in this garden.  Damp and shady in summer, dark and soggy in winter.  The Leucogenes has only been in a few weeks, so time will tell.  
The peachy Meconopsis continues to flower but it's not improving in my eyes.  The seedlings could be interesting, as I presume the parent is a red crossed with a yellow and I assume that any seedlings will be selfed (do Meconopsis produce viable seed from one parent??)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 19, 2011, 08:59:27 AM
June is the time I repot hepaticas.  To see how I do it, take a look at my latest blog

Diary Entry No 43 - Repotting hepaticas (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+June+/356/)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 19, 2011, 11:00:55 AM
Diane that was brilliant. I was going to ask if you took the glass of your Access frames but you answered that for me. I have a hepatica that I got in Nottingham auction and didn't realise that Maggi was bidding as well so I shall give this dividing a go and share my plant. Bit scared but glad to see your step by step detailed pictures this is a big help to me.
Thanks Diane.

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 19, 2011, 11:40:18 AM
Thanks, Angie.  Don't try it on a young plant, you might lose it, but it's often very easy on an older plant.  Just keep teasing it and easing it very very gently at the roots and you may find that a piece just comes away.  Don't pull too hard as you may find the top comes away without any roots.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: KK-Ann Arbor on June 19, 2011, 11:42:09 AM
Diane

Thank you for sharing your excellent step by step hepatica care manual.  Very, very helpful.

Koko
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 19, 2011, 10:34:42 PM
Diane I think you need to come back to Aberdeen just to divide my hepatica.
Will let you know how I get on.

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on June 20, 2011, 10:08:55 AM
Diane I think you need to come back to Aberdeen just to divide my hepatica.
Will let you know how I get on.

Angie :)
Why not, indeed? You know you're welcome, Diane! 8)
Angie, thanks for remembering me and the lovely Ashwood hepatica. :-*
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on June 20, 2011, 10:12:06 AM
Goodness me... I quite forgeot to say, Diane, that your guide to Hepatica repotting and splitting is just super. These clear photos are certainly worth a thousand words in clearly demonstrating the process.

I forgot to say this before because I just assume the excellence of your diaries... soory for taking you for granted.  :-X
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 20, 2011, 10:45:20 PM
Thanks for all comments, gratefully received. 
Angie, I look forward to hearing how your hepatica division goes  ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on June 21, 2011, 11:11:35 AM
I found it very helpful as well, Diane. Well done!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 21, 2011, 05:45:31 PM
Hepatica out the pot but there are so many roots, I wondered if I washed all the soil of the roots would that be easier for me. I cant see to get a start,  now I am just thinking to myself if the soil was dry it would come away easier. Just scared I damage the roots.
What a coward eh.
Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 21, 2011, 05:52:40 PM
I wouldn't try and split the whole thing, Angie.  Find little section at the edge and just ease it gently just teasing the roots as you go.  Gently all the time, no hard tugging  ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 21, 2011, 06:01:53 PM
Thanks Diane, will do. As you can tell I am a bit of a coward.
Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 21, 2011, 10:31:32 PM
I don't know if it was a success but I managed to divide the plant. It took ages, all I can say is Diane you must have plenty of patience, I couldn't get a section from the edge so I just took my time and untangled the roots. I must say once I had got it appart I felt relieved. Now that I have done one I will feel confident to do others.
Thanks Diane, it was a great help seeing the pictures.

Angie  :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on June 21, 2011, 10:43:52 PM
You did it, well done!  And you also found a bonus plant shown in the second picture which I always think is nature's own root cutting.  Hope you managed to separate that piece out as well.  
Those leaves look a bit scorched round the edges, best find a place to put them with as much shade as you can.  John Massey at Ashwood uses 2 or 3 layers of shade netting to give 70 - 90% shade.  Mine are in my shaded (with most of the glass removed) Access frame which is under a hawthorn tree and will stay there until late autumn.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 22, 2011, 12:10:37 AM
Diane thanks for the advice on shading. I got my husband to make a frame above my cold frame so that I can put shade netting over,  this is where I keep my Cyps. I think I can put my Hepaticas there as well.
I hinted last year about getting a access frame for my birthday, but I never got one. I think I will start hinting again ::) ;D
Yes I potted up the baby plant, most are planted under shade but I forgot about this one in the pot. I just love Hepaticas.
Now I can give Maggi a bit of the plant I don't feel so bad.

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on June 22, 2011, 01:38:02 AM
When something like a Hepatica is well tangled, it does help to hold it by the leaves and wiggle the roots about for a time in a large bowl of (ever-so-slightly) warm water to wash out the compost and then the roots will tease apart more easily. I say warm because we had a good frost this morning and the thought of my hands in cold water isn't a pleasant one. I would drain the plant on newspaper before trying the teasing phase.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on June 22, 2011, 01:39:37 AM
I hinted last year about getting a access frame for my birthday, but I never got one. I think I will start hinting again ::) ;D

A good accessory to have at hand, when hinting, is a sledge hammer. :o
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 22, 2011, 09:13:22 AM
I hinted last year about getting a access frame for my birthday, but I never got one. I think I will start hinting again ::) ;D

A good accessory to have at hand, when hinting, is a sledge hammer. :o

Better than that Lesley I could use his prized golf club  :o ;D
Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on June 22, 2011, 09:47:38 AM
I hinted last year about getting a access frame for my birthday, but I never got one. I think I will start hinting again ::) ;D

A good accessory to have at hand, when hinting, is a sledge hammer. :o

Better than that Lesley I could use his prized golf club  :o ;D
Angie :)

Careful Angie ... you could get a new iron for your next birthday ... and a board!   :D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 22, 2011, 09:25:10 PM
I hinted last year about getting a access frame for my birthday, but I never got one. I think I will start hinting again ::) ;D

A good accessory to have at hand, when hinting, is a sledge hammer. :o

Better than that Lesley I could use his prized golf club  :o ;D
Angie :)

Careful Angie ... you could get a new iron for your next birthday ... and a board!   :D

Cliff I just love the things you come up with. I wish my brain worked as well as yours ;D I think if I ever got a iron or anything like that I would be prepared to use his golf club :-X
Angie :)

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on June 22, 2011, 09:35:34 PM
I hinted last year about getting a access frame for my birthday, but I never got one. I think I will start hinting again ::) ;D

A good accessory to have at hand, when hinting, is a sledge hammer. :o

Better than that Lesley I could use his prized golf club  :o ;D
Angie :)

Careful Angie ... you could get a new iron for your next birthday ... and a board!   :D

Cliff I just love the things you come up with. I wish my brain worked as well as yours ;D I think if I ever got a iron or anything like that I would be prepared to use his golf club :-X
Angie :)

Angie :)

... And I bet you'd know EXACTLY where to putt it!!!   :D ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 22, 2011, 09:52:13 PM
I can't believe you  :o  One of the things that I liked about this forum was the fun that folks were having. You and David Nicholson made me laugh so much with your wit and it was at a time when I was really sad
Not only do we see lovely flowers from all over the world but we have folks like you that make us all laugh and smile everyday.
Great isn't it  :D

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on June 23, 2011, 09:27:55 AM
Angie, you only have to look at Cliff and you laugh out loud ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on June 23, 2011, 10:26:59 AM
Angie, you only have to look at Cliff and you laugh out loud ;D

Can't think what you mean David!!!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on June 23, 2011, 10:31:21 AM
Anyone read the Daily Mail today?  :o :o :o :D

No clues ...
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on June 23, 2011, 07:08:49 PM
See what I mean about you two.   8) ;D ;D

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on June 23, 2011, 07:23:41 PM
Anyone read the Daily Mail today?  :o :o :o :D

No clues ...

Cliff, I'm intrigued, can't think why anyone would want to read the Daily Mail though ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on June 23, 2011, 10:34:16 PM
My Daily Mail (yesterday) consisted of Galanthus seed from a Forumist. ;D :P
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: fermi de Sousa on July 05, 2011, 07:39:59 AM
I just love Hepaticas.
Now I can give Maggi a bit of the plant I don't feel so bad.

Angie :)
I wondered if this was the one you out-bid Maggi for at the Conference auction!
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Anthony Darby on July 05, 2011, 08:20:29 AM
Anyone read the Daily Mail today?  :o :o :o :D

No clues ...

Cliff, I'm intrigued, can't think why anyone would want to read the Daily Mail though ;D
Uncle Vernon in Harry Potter because Jo Rowling thinks that's the kind of person who does.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on July 05, 2011, 10:12:21 AM
I just love Hepaticas.
Now I can give Maggi a bit of the plant I don't feel so bad.

Angie :)
I wondered if this was the one you out-bid Maggi for at the Conference auction!
cheers
fermi

Fermi did you have to say outbid  :-X :o  Yes I managed to split it.
I can see you still take great delight bringing this episode to my attention   ;) :-*

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on July 05, 2011, 11:36:39 AM
I just love Hepaticas.
Now I can give Maggi a bit of the plant I don't feel so bad.

Angie :)
I wondered if this was the one you out-bid Maggi for at the Conference auction!
cheers
fermi

Fermi did you have to say outbid  :-X :o  Yes I managed to split it.
I can see you still take great delight bringing this episode to my attention   ;) :-*

Angie :)


Imagine outbidding Maggi!!!   That's akin to insulting the Queen.  Folk have been drummed out of this great club for far less than that.   ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on July 05, 2011, 11:54:44 AM
I just love Hepaticas.
Now I can give Maggi a bit of the plant I don't feel so bad.

Angie :)
I wondered if this was the one you out-bid Maggi for at the Conference auction!
cheers
fermi



Fermi did you have to say outbid  :-X :o  Yes I managed to split it.
I can see you still take great delight bringing this episode to my attention   ;) :-*

Angie :)


Imagine outbidding Maggi!!!   That's akin to insulting the Queen.  Folk have been drummed out of this great club for far less than that.   ;D

Stuff and nonsense.... no one has ever been drummed out of the club for that reason... they may have had their legs broken after an  auction, but nothing worse than that  ::) :P :-X

Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on July 05, 2011, 11:56:31 AM
At this time of year many plants are setting seed and so Diane's recent diary features some handy hints....
http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+June+/361/
and it must also be a good time to remind you all that seed collected and sent to the exchanges of the AGS, for which Diane works tirelessly ( an over used phrase, but most appropriate in this instance) or  and/or the SRGC or to the local Seed Exes for the Clubs where you live... NZAGS, NARGS etc. will be greatly appreciated.
Support the Seed Exes and keep the plants growing and spreading to all the folks keen to grow these great plants   :) :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on July 05, 2011, 02:18:27 PM
I just love Hepaticas.
Now I can give Maggi a bit of the plant I don't feel so bad.

Angie :)
I wondered if this was the one you out-bid Maggi for at the Conference auction!
cheers
fermi

Fermi did you have to say outbid  :-X :o  Yes I managed to split it.
I can see you still take great delight bringing this episode to my attention   ;) :-*

Angie :)


Imagine outbidding Maggi!!!   That's akin to insulting the Queen.  Folk have been drummed out of this great club for far less than that.   ;D

Thanks cliff  ::) ;D Maggi was right at the back and I never knew I was bidding against a friend, would never do that even if i really had to have the plant, friends are more important  :D  Don't believe Maggi she wouldn't hurt a fly  ;D

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on July 05, 2011, 02:35:11 PM

Maggi was right at the back and I never knew I was bidding against a friend, would never do that even if i really had to have the plant, friends are more important.

Angie :)

You are obviously too nice to be a 'keen' plantswoman, Angie ... some would exchange their first born for an exceptional form.   ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on July 05, 2011, 02:41:21 PM
I was going to do just that, Cliff, when I remembered I have no children......... just about the same time as I spotted Angie, lurking at the front...... little devil that she is!  I had already pushed the price up for her before I noticed.... but still she is good enough to share... now THAT's a nice person!

I was half expecting Mme Clement to be on the hunt for that plant too, but I think she'd collapsed in the bar by then gone off to bed by that time  :-X



Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on July 05, 2011, 03:52:16 PM
I was half expecting Mme Clement to be on the hunt for that plant too, but I think she'd collapsed in the bar by then gone off to bed by that time  :-X   

Oh no she hadn't   ;D  ;D
She was keeping quiet waiting for everyone else to collapse in the bar or go to bed, thereby leaving the lecture room almost empty at the end of the evening.  So I actually got a bargain with the very last lot - a bumper bag of meconopsis.  8)

I can't remember what the hepatica was, anyway?  Possibly I'd already got it   ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on July 05, 2011, 06:35:12 PM
Cliff , friends first and because I have made so many friends here my plant collection has blossomed ;D
Just got my copy of The Alpine Gardener and there is a good looking photographer in one of the pictures  ;D

Diane nice to hear that you got some great meconopsis  :D
Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on July 05, 2011, 06:39:41 PM

Just got my copy of The Alpine Gardener and there is a good looking photographer in one of the pictures  ;D

Angie :)

He's called Jon Evans!   :-*
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Peter Maguire on July 05, 2011, 09:27:07 PM
Jon will be delighted (and more than a little amused) to learn of this complement. Could you put in a good word for other photographers?  ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on July 05, 2011, 09:41:55 PM
Jon will be delighted (and more than a little amused) to learn of this complement. Could you put in a good word for other photographers?  ::)

Could have applied to any of such a stunning bunch.   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Roma on July 06, 2011, 10:20:24 AM
Angie, did you mean the chap with the camera in bottom left of the following picture (p 217)?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on July 06, 2011, 10:24:45 AM
Angie, did you mean the chap with the camera in bottom left of the following picture (p 217)?

That's no photographer ... that's ME!!!   :D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on July 06, 2011, 10:49:53 AM
Hi Roma,

Yes page 217 is what I was referring to, it's the professional good looking photographer that I was pointing out  ;)

Peter you are right it could have applied to any one of you, like you say what a stunning bunch  ;D

Angie  :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on July 06, 2011, 10:54:17 AM
Hi Roma,

Yes page 217 is what I was referring to, it's the professional good looking photographer that I was pointing out  ;)

Peter you are right it could have applied to any one of you, like you say what a stunning bunch  ;D

Angie  :)

... And I thought I had bad eyes ... !!!   ;D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: angie on July 06, 2011, 07:31:43 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

Angie :)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Peter Maguire on July 06, 2011, 10:05:44 PM
I think I've just been complemented, but I'm away from home at present and haven't seen the photo in question, however knowing how Cliff lurks in dark corners with his camera and never seems to catch my good side....
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: fermi de Sousa on July 07, 2011, 01:14:36 AM
Is this Cliff's good side?  ;D ;D ;D
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cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on July 07, 2011, 04:21:25 AM
Is this Cliff's good side?  ;D ;D ;D
(Attachment Link)

cheers
fermi

I was probably praying at the shrine of the great Ranuculus god!!!   :D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: David Nicholson on July 07, 2011, 09:22:56 AM
Were you there to help him up Fermie?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on July 08, 2011, 10:38:04 PM
Hmmm. He seems to have progressed from the Tumpod.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: ranunculus on July 09, 2011, 06:34:43 AM
Hmmm. He seems to have progressed from the Tumpod.

It's still there as ballast Anne ... forcing me to my knees!   :D
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: annew on July 09, 2011, 09:32:07 AM
Excellent bit of scientific reasoning, Cliff. More stability if you lower the centre of gravity.(That could be your excuse anyway).
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on August 03, 2011, 03:14:37 PM
Diane's latest  Midland Diary is online http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+July+/369/

As many of you may know, Diane is closely involved ( understatement of the year!) with the AGS Seed Exchange and this diary shows the progress of her own seed harvest, in preparation for donation to the Seed Ex. 
Must say I was made  rather envious by her good paeony harvest.... many of mine did not even manage to flower this year, let alone set seed.
 Bloomin' weather! ( or NOT ,as the case may be! ::)  )
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: fermi de Sousa on August 04, 2011, 10:30:59 AM
I used to be able to store seed in open cups like that - till we got our current lot of domestic pets! The little darlings are convinced that such things were only put there by us for them to empty out and chase across the floor! >:(
Oh well, back to the envelopes ;D
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on August 04, 2011, 10:27:17 PM
A wonderful edition of the diary because it shows so well what is said in many more words (and many people fail to read properly) in the seed exchange notes in the Journal and the Bulletin.

Re Crepis incana, Simon Bond of Thuya Alpine Nursery in Gloustershire DOES have fertile seed produced on his Crepis incana. I don't know of any other source but my own plants are from his seed and they too, produce fertile seed now. He does donate regularly to AGS and, sometimes at least, to NZAGS. It seems this is a similar case to that of Cosmos atrosanguineus. "No, it doesn't produce seed," we're told, but then a fertile clone is discovered and the seed production begins and is carried on through the seedlings. SB has listed Crepis incana seed for many years and so this is far from a new situation. If you want it and think to avoid the AGS listed seed because it won't be fertile, think again.

I would have put this note in the discussion place on the AGS Forum but yet again, I have forgotten my login details. >:(
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on August 04, 2011, 10:33:00 PM
Ah, I see Tim Ingram has made a note about it. Certainly here it doesn't need a glasshouse. Mine is in the open garden and takes whatever the weather throws at it, through the year.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 04, 2011, 10:50:12 PM
Ah, I see Tim Ingram has made a note about it. Certainly here it doesn't need a glasshouse. Mine is in the open garden and takes whatever the weather throws at it, through the year.  

Don't know who suggested a glasshouse?  It's too big!  My plant's a metre high, and more than that wide, threatening to take over the crevice garden.  It must be very hardy as it has survive the last two hard winters with no protection.  
Very interesting about the viable seed issue - four separate people have now mentioned about Simon Bond's seed.  I wish I could remember where my plant came from, don't think it was Simon.  I'm sure mine has never produced viable seed so far, just a load of fluff  ::)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Lesley Cox on August 04, 2011, 11:09:55 PM
The same can be said (load of fluff) for both Carduncellus rhaponticoides and C. pinnatus. They appear in the lists sometimes but has anyone ever had a plant from the seed sent? I've sown mine several times and had nothing at all. Have to do them from root cuttings.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on August 10, 2011, 12:16:30 PM
Since the clue as to where we went on summer holiday in the puzzle thread was not solved 
Famous watershed (http://www.srgc.org.uk/smf/index.php?topic=3289.msg209934#msg209934)

(although I know that several forumists have been there, and it was partly due to reading their reports that we chose to go there)

... so I'll have to reveal the answer. To find out the where we went and what we saw, click here

Midland Diary No 46 - A week in the Engadine (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+August+/371/)

no spoilers here as no pictures allowed at the moment.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on September 02, 2011, 11:31:51 AM
Last part of Diane's trip to the Engadine is online now:
http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+September+/379/

Includes a photo of an un-named fern..... looks very familiar, but I'm hopeless with fern names..... one of you folks will know it, I'm sure!
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Ulla Hansson on September 02, 2011, 12:08:08 PM
I think the fern is similar to Cryptogramma crispa.
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Diane Clement on September 02, 2011, 08:33:04 PM
Includes a photo of an un-named fern..... looks very familiar, but I'm hopeless with fern names..... one of you folks will know it, I'm sure!   
Yes, I'm also hopeless with ferns.  Here's a picture of it, in rocky habitat. 
Thanks for your suggestion, Ulla
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: shelagh on September 03, 2011, 11:44:48 AM
Yep it looks like Cryptogramma crispa to me too.  Did you manage to get any spores Diane?
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Maggi Young on July 29, 2013, 06:54:01 PM
Hurrah!  It's back!
Diane has not posted diary for some time ( hardly surprising with the busy life she leads) but there is a new report online here : http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+July+/491/ (http://www.alpinegardensociety.net/diaries/Midland/+July+/491/)
 8)
Title: Re: Excellent New Resource: A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on July 30, 2013, 03:47:58 PM
Great news !
We had missed you badly, Diane !!