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Mairin's Journal

Mairin's Journal

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Booked for Birmingham

21 January 2010 23:10:14

I booked my flights and tickets for the BBC Gardeners' World show in Birmingham tonight.  I am going on Sunday 20th June for the day.  It runs from Wed 16th to the 20th.  Both Aer Lingus and RyanAir have sales on until midnight tonight, if anyone wants to have a quick look. 

One thing I must look into before I go is if I can bring back tubers and bulbs.  I was told before that I could only bring back plants which are growing in compost.  That rule had something to do with foot and mouth disease because foot and mouth disease is not transmitted via compost.  However, I would like to get a logical reason why tubers and bulbs can't be brought home as we can order them on the internet and they get shipped over.  One for the Department of Agriculture or the Department of the Environment?  Or God forbid, the HSE?  


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spider spider 22 January 2010 00:07:06

If i may make the suggestion, why not buy your bulbs and tubers and post them home to your self. problem solved and no need to go the muppets in the depts as they would-nt have a clue.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 22 January 2010 00:47:39

Have you been before to this exhibition?


J.D. J.D. 22 January 2010 06:20:21

Good Point Maiirin. You can also bring seeds back. And thats basically what a bulb is. So.... you'd wonder alright.


Deborah Deborah 22 January 2010 06:57:27

There would not be any problem with bulbs or tubers. It was just soil that they were worried about, ie your friend digs something up for you from her garden. Hope you have a good time. I was there a few years back, had a really enjoyable trip. Make sure you leave loads of room in your suitcase for plants! I didn't think much of the show gardens, the ones that year in Bloom were better, but inside the floral marquee was amazing :) And then you go into the sales area. OMG. Shoppers paradise. Did I mention that you should leave loads of room in your case.....

I got a good deal at the Novotel hotel at the airport and was really pleased with it. Great room, perfect location for show, lovely food and deserts to die for. Seriously!

Funny to be talking about Birmingham now as I am leaving home in about 20 mins heading for Shannon to go to ...... Birmingham for the weekend. My son is looking to buy an apartment there and wants mums advice and approval. Ahhhh.

 


J.D. J.D. 22 January 2010 07:00:35

Have a good trip, Deborah. Re-charge the batteries, and ready for action in the garden when you get back.


Deborah Deborah 22 January 2010 07:15:08

Emlyn tells me that there is going to be a lot of walking. All apartments are in the city. But Birmingham is a BIG city. And he doesn't believe in taking taxis :(


Lìga Lìga 22 January 2010 08:11:01

Its so nice Mairin,i know you will have there a very good time,and come back with loud of nice plants:)


fran m fran m 22 January 2010 08:34:31

Great to be able to have something like that coming up to enjoy, and enjoy you will, I'm sure.


Clara Clara 22 January 2010 08:50:06

Well done Mairin would love to go some day but booked our holidays around the dates enjoy .


Rachel Rachel 22 January 2010 08:54:58

I am sure you will take full advantage as always, Mairin. You're quite a seasoned Show goer at this stage : )


Myrtle Myrtle 22 January 2010 19:24:06

That is nice to look forward to, looking at the diary I see that is the weekend Periwinkle has her garden open, so its all hands on deck!


Johnplotman Johnplotman 22 January 2010 20:39:19

Great to have something to look forward to Mairin like the visit you will have to the Gardeners World show in Birmingham.Good luck with the visit.If you happen to bump into either Monty,Bob,or Toby could you ask them for ways to banish every garden pest going and to have months of sunshine.  


unagrant unagrant 26 January 2010 10:16:03

What a lovely day to look forward too enjoy


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