Silver Surfer

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Posted: 15/01/2017 at 17:57

Hello Again,

I returned from holiday a week ago, having left the pot on the kitchen windowsill for the flowers to continue dying off.  I removed the dead stem with the flower buds. The leaves have grown taller, and there is another flower bud through at the base, although not yet on a long stem.  Is this usual ???

Silver Surfer 


Posted: 20/12/2016 at 12:52

Thank You Vishu for that advice, and for your quick response.  

Silver Surfer


Posted: 20/12/2016 at 12:01

Good Morning All,

My double Amaryllis has just finished flowering with three beautiful flowers, the last one now dying off. There are still some green leaves and the long stem, and I want to keep it to flower again next year.  

What should I do with it - should I cut it back now, then take it out of the pot, or leave it to die off completely then dry it off; what could somebody suggest please?  

Many Thanks.

Silver Surfer.

Passion Flowers Fruits

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 07:34

Good Morning,

Thank you for your replies nutcutlet, H-C & phillippa.  Mine must be the p caerulea as that's the name of the plant.  

As I don't have a G/H or Polytunnel I wont be growing the P edulis, but I will now buy them in the S.M. and admire mine while on the plant.  Thank you all.

Passion Flowers Fruits

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:57

Hello All,

I've had some lovely flowers on my Passion Flower this year, and for the first time I now have fruits, which are green.  Are these edible as they are or do they have to turn dark, as I've seen Passion Fruit in the Supermarket which are a deep plummy colour?  If so, will I leave them to ripen on he plant or take them off and put them ? where ? to ripen?  Thanks.



Posted: 23/04/2016 at 16:31
Many thanks for you reply Bob The Gardener.


Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:40

I bought a Magnolia Stellata last year and it bloomed lovely, then this year - nothing.  I had it planted in a large tub where it got sun most of the day but the tub was positioned in part of the front lawn, on gravel.  It was in Ericaceous compost, as advised by the man at he Garden Centre.  They have now replaced it when I complained to them, but where should I plant the new one;  in another tub with fresh compost, or in the border where it won't get as much sun and in ordinary soil?


Lawn advice

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 17:08
Thanks for your reply Dave. We are having the stepping stones put back across the lawn in early July, as I've had the person back who's Company it was. He said to fill in the ants nests bare patches with the turves cut out for the stepping stones, but there are so many and I would prefer it was seeded with the original grass mix. The workman who actually laid it also did the front lawn in September 2013, and we had no problems with that, probably because we didn't go away and watered it ourselves every day. I've now found out that the neighbour didn't water the back lawn when it when it rained. Today my O.H. filled in the gaps as you suggested above, but I will try again to find out where the original turf came from and to get some of their grass seed - anything else will just look odd. Also my suggestion to water each area for half and hour and not just 10 minutes is being done today.

Lawn advice

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 18:33

We had a new lawn laid in the back garden on the 8th April, went on holiday for 2 weeks and came back the 13th May, and the neighbour had watered the lawn and the garden, although apparently it rained while we were away.  On our return the grass was 18" high, we measured it, so it  was cut very high twice and the third time again on No. 7.  Three weeks later and it's looking very sorry for itself;  the turves are separating despite being watered and the heavy rain we've had in Kent recently, and it's not very green looking in patches.  It has been cut again on No. 6.  We also found about 15 ants nest after it was cut the first time, which have left bare patches in the grass.  I say it still needs lots of water and we need to fill in the joints with soil;  he says if it rains it doesn't need watering.  We use a sprinkler and move it down the lawn abut every 10 minutes.  Just how much is enough water to bring it back to the condition it was when it was first laid, and what can we do to green it up please?   It is about 107 sq.meters and cost a LOT of money to lay it.    

Barrels as water butts?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:10
We have 4 plastic water butts filling up from the downpipe from the gutter, instead of going into the soakaway - not as good looking as a barrel but not wasting the water. We also have a dustbin with a lid either side of the Summerhouse. My O.H. has fixed gutters to the sides of the Summerhouse, and then downpipes which angle at the end, and go into the side of the dustbin at the top. We used this method at our previous house when we didn't have room in the garden for a water butt against a drainpipe.
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