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Latest posts by artjak

Hardy Hibiscus

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:48

Someone told me once that Hibiscus need water even more than heat. Mine is planted outside the front fence on very poor almost sandy soil, facing South West, it gets watered once a year if I remember. Perhaps they thrive on neglect?

Plant Hunters Fairs 2014

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:43

The nearest Plant Fair is 137 miles away; they all seem to be around Birmingham and points West of there.

Dinner time

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:33

Followed, vaguely, a recipe on you tube; chopped onions, garlic, cook for a while in a little oil; add chopped calaloo and chard plus coconut milk, cook till reduced a bit. Et voila! Jolly nice too

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:30

BB, you could use the watering can or bucket in future for flowers; when I met Top Bird at The Old Vicarage Garden Outing, she said that she had been taught to tie the flowers with twine before placing them in the vase and that stopped them from flopping about.

That blue and white vase is great for them

Dinner time

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:08

Today I will be cooking Calaloo Red leaf for the first time, I first came across it in the U.S. Virgin Islands in a soup (the veg, not the Islands) Will report back on results.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:05

BizzieB, love those rosehips

FG, that combination is stunning, it was a very bold move to paint the fence black, but it really works

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 10:51

 For sunflowers, I would use this enamel jug (I put the egg in the pic so you can see the scale of it)

Yum yum

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:29

I've just harvested Crystal Apple and didn't peel it and I'm still alive!

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:13

Verdun, I would like to stop my blackcurrent from getting too large and 'leggy' what would you recommend?

Dinner time

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:43

I became a bit of a star in my neighbourhood as I was giving people small amounts of home grown Apricots! I think I had 40 this year. If I improve my pollination techniques with a fine paint brush, maybe I will get 60 next year! Grown in my lean-to greenhouse

I just love taking produce round to friends and neighbours. In the last week it has been bunches of Sweet Peas (you have to pick them every day for them to keep flowering) and punnets of sweet red dessert gooseberries.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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Last Post: 16/09/2015 at 14:35

What is this please?

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Last Post: 10/09/2015 at 21:52

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55
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