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lillies cultivars

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:17

holmes, are you sure it was slugs and not the lily beetle? Today I have composted some spectacular (and rather too flashy for my garden) lily bulbs as am so fed up with the depredations of the lily beetle. I could combat it with Provado, but have been told that since Provado is systemic, the bees that go for the pollen and nectar will be poisoned by the pesticide.

Rude but funny.

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:11

phlox paniculata

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:08

Well, there are phlox and phlox... I grew the annual (I presume) called phlox of sheep, from seed with the most stunning colours. Will def grow this again

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:06

Chicky, I swear I can smell those flowers

Help. Not sleeping.

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 19:02

All this talk about sleep has reminded me of an article I read a year or two ago; it may have been on the BBC web site. Apparently up until the 16th or 17th century people used to have 2 sleeps per night.

The first sleep would be soon after sunset, then they would wake, perhaps eat, socialise etc then sleep again.

What changed all this was, I think, a combination of improved/cheaper artificial lighting/ factory hours/ street lighting?

It is similar to the change in eating habits, the old habits still maintain on building sites; a sort of breakfast at 10.30, which echoes the Georgian idea of hot chocolate and perhaps something to eat at that time. The Georgians then had 'Dinner' at about 4.00, then a late 'supper' after the Opera or Theatre at about 11.00pm

Now I am pretty much retired, I can eat when I want to and sleep when I want to. This means I do not have to conform my sleeping or eating to business times and I feel much better for it.

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 18:41

Ha, Ha...who sez we grew up...I'll see u behind the bike shed

phlox paniculata

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:33

I love Phlox, but prefer the old fashioned ones without stripes; they have a density of colour and smoothness of tone that completely beguiles me


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:29

There may be different varieties. I'm a bit 'off' James Wong at the moment, I bought some of his Sea Kale seeds and tried germinating them in different ways but none of them has come up


Posted: 23/08/2014 at 13:45

I ate one at Garden Organic last year, about the size of a large Walnut. It was delicious, I suppose one would add them to either a salad or fruit salad. It wasn't bitter.

Help. Not sleeping.

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 11:07

When I experienced this at the beginning of the menopause, I was so desperate after months with only 2 or 3 hours of sleep that I went to a Homeopath. He gave me some stuff to take and it upped my sleep to 5 or 6 hours per night; bliss.

I know a lot of studies are pretty negative about Homeopathy, but I think if it works, use it.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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What is this please?

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Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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