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What's for Tea ....... mr fox

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 15:16

Yesterday had friends over and did cumin and lamb casserole on a bed of rice, with a gratin of greens (this dish is brilliant) followed by Walnut cake and stem ginger ice cream; all home made It's great when your guests want all the recipes.

Tropical plants

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 15:04

Hello Cody, it is great to know that people of your age are already interested in growing plants.

The first thing I would do is get one of those thermometers from Amazon or a Garden Centre that tells you the maximum and minimum temperature in your polytunnel each day at this time of the year. Check it every day to see how low the temperature goes. A lot of Tropical Plants don't like freezing conditions.

Then I would just google tropical plants and lots of Plant Nurseries will come up. I use Mozilla Firefox, which has a system called WOT (Web of Trust) which tells me if a site is safe, honest etc.

When you see a plant that you like, try to find out from the Nursery or just google the plant name to find out what is the MINIMUM temperature that it will tolerate. Then you can work out if it will survive in your tunnel. Also look at the final height and width the plant will grow to.

Good luck with it

Plant IDs Please

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:54

Welcome Kahawai

Top picture is some form of Tradescantia I think.

Middle one is a lily

Bottom one is Hypericon, (also known as Rose of Sharon) You can cut this back like a hedge after flowering if you wish, some people have problems with lots of seedlings coming from this plant, though I personally don't.

Other people on this site will tell you the varieties I'm sure.

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:50

I have given up trying to record the birds on the rspb website; it has not been working since yesterday morning. Disgusted, The Fens

seating area designb

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:29

A photo would help, then people could advise you better.

'Chelsea Chop' winter pansies and violas

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:27

I wouldn't think it a waste at all; they can continue for ages yet.

Potato Days

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:26

Spud you like?

Topping Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:26

Horrible things; they try to take your eye out if you try to weed near them.

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:21

There was a sparrowhawk here too, plus

1 robin

1 male chaffinch

2 female chaffinches

6 goldfinches

2 collared doves

1 pigeon

1 male blackbird

2 blue tits

1 male crossbill, though I am not certain it was not a redpoll.

are these viburnums ready for the big bad world?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 11:30

djjjuk, I don't know what the weather is like in your area but if those plants have been hardened off and your ground is not frozen, I would think that you could plant them. I put in one of that size late autumn and it is merrily flowering away.

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