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Happy new year to everyone!
Let’s hope for a good growing season for 2009, after all that wet in 2008.
(I’m hoping that some of those dishonest bankers are weeded out, they seem to have done a lot of damage to the financial industry and the economy as a whole).
I must admit that i can hardly wait to start planting the tubers again, i love to see them coming up, and then potting them on and producing such beautiful plants. But there’s work to do first, cleaning all the greenhouses out and smoking them out before i start again. Last year there seemed to be more Thrips about here, i assume it was the wet season and hope after smoking out that they will not be so bad this year, fingers crossed!

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Happy New gardening year, To you Marksbegonias...

1 Jan, 2009


Good luck with your begonias and all the shows this yr Mark.
Happy new year :o)

1 Jan, 2009


Happy new year,

1 Jan, 2009


Happy New Year Mark, Look forward to seeing the pictures of your plants this year.

1 Jan, 2009


Happy New Year, Mark....

1 Jan, 2009


And a very Happy New Year to you too...heres hoping for a great growing season and maybe not so much rain!

1 Jan, 2009


Happy New Year to you and yours Mark...

1 Jan, 2009


Happy new year Mark.
Lets hope we have better weather this year. At the moment its minus one here in Bristol which is very unusual and we have had severe frosts for the last week with minus three for several days.The forecast for the next week predicts more very cold weather for this area.Everything is wilting with the frost and ice at the moment.At least its more seasonal compared to last Christmas when it was so mild.
Hope all goes well for you this year and your preparations all go to plan.

1 Jan, 2009


Happy New Year Mark.

Taking over the land in next door neighbour's garden has created a huge amount of extra work - but it should pay off in the end. Unfortunately, we may have some casualties in the process. Some of my begonias are in frozen compost - I didn't get round to dealing with all the tiered baskets. We'll have to see if they survive. We weren't expecting such viciously cold weather.

1 Jan, 2009


Wishing you a very happy and thripless 2009, Mark and every success at the shows this year too.

2 Jan, 2009


The forecast i saw last night gave it going down to -7, it seems to be getting colder!
Thanks to everyone for the comments, just proves that this is the friendliest site there is. (I sometimes write a non garden related blog on another site, but haven't had one comment there).
Must be about a year and a half since i discovered this site, how time flies, so friendly and informative. Just reading through comments can be very interesting sometimes.
I doubt it will be "thripless" there always seems to be a few - but hopefully there will be a lot less, and not cause problems (fly traps catch a lot).
I wonder if this cold weather may lead to a better summer?
I'm sure Fourseasons neighbour's garden will look outstanding when the work is done, best of luck with it. Hope you've not lost too many Begonias.

2 Jan, 2009


Happy New Year and good luck with all your Begonias this year Mark.
I think the cold weather will kill off some of the bugs Mark. At least it seems to here. I hate to say it but if we could have about 3 weeks of consistent -25C or colder it would do wonders for the Mountain Pine Beetle problem we have. With global warming they have been running rampant over the province and millions of pine trees have been wiped out. A good long cold snap would kill off a lot of them.

3 Jan, 2009

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