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Amyrilis worries

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 12:20

Thank you Fairygirl... You will enjoy the next bit...

I just went round to the greenhouse clutching red bowl, in order to follow your excellent advice......fought my way in through the detached bubblewrap insulation (another masterplan which didn't totally work)... removed the very dry moss from the top of the oval bowl... to reveal a moist pot sitting separately INSIDE the oval bowl.... duh!!!


Amyrilis worries

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 11:27

Treated myself to an Amyrilis, it has a flower spike but only about 6 inches from the bulb and is in a very nice red ceramic oval bowl slightly bigger than the bulb with dry moss on top of dry compost. Here's my worry... if I water it... there is no hole in the bottom of the pot... HELP (again....)

What is a wisteria side shoot?

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 21:55

Thank you - fantastic answer!

What is a wisteria side shoot?

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 19:59

In this week's to do list it says I have to prune shortening side shoots to 10-15 cm from their base.

We inherited a white wisteria up the outside wall (obviously) and I randomly cut off the long thin bits which bang on the lounge window or grab me round the throat. There are really thin stringy bits, they sort of curl round like tendrils and do what I just described, then there are thicker sort of stem things which lead off from a walloping great trunk up the middle... WHAT am I meant to be pruning exactly.. please?

Insulating a METAL greenhouse

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:35

Thank you SO much Lyn - ordered!

Insulating a METAL greenhouse

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 20:12

Thank you one and all... drilling is beyond my capabilities BUT am liking the idea of wire as there are odd holes already available to fix the wire into plus clothes pegs sound like a genius idea. Hoorah for Gardeners World yet again


Insulating a METAL greenhouse

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 17:31

Last year we insulated our newly erected metal greenhouse. I used a garden centre pack which contained the exact amount of bubble wrap needed plus fiddly little green plastic doofas which poke through the bubblewrap and into the slots in the aluminium frame then twist to lock.

HOWEVER the ends of the greenhouse do not HAVE slots, so I ended up with a sort of bubblewrap draped tent out of the Arabian Nights. Masking tape onto the frame came unstuck when condensation formed, parcel tape ditto.

It is now time to insulate... what does everyone else use to fix it into the corners please?

What is this shrub I thought was box

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 17:04

Good idea Edd - thank you!

What is this shrub I thought was box

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 16:25

HOORAH! I have looked up all your kind suggestions on google images and have a definitive answer. Fanfare....

It is Lonicera Nitida "Maygreen".

I am off to write it in my garden journal NOW before I lose the bit of paper I have just written it on.

Thank you all for your kind help, and especially nutcutlet.

What is this shrub I thought was box

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 18:39

We have lived here nearly 8 years and I have been clipping what I thought were box bushes only to spot today some trumpet shaped pairs of tiny white flowers with staments protruding. I have a photo - but it says there is a problem when I click on the 'upload a photo' option at the top.

Has anyone any ideas of something which looks like a box but isn't, and thrives in a cold climate (next to the North Sea in Scottish Borders)

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Discussions started by Bigbarb

Amyrilis worries

Just bought one in a hole - less pot...... it is dry BUT! 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 12:48

What is a wisteria side shoot?

Just read I should prune them... what are they? 
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Last Post: 18/12/2015 at 10:26

Insulating a METAL greenhouse

How do others fit bubblewrap to the corners a of metal greenhouse? 
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Last Post: 31/10/2015 at 17:35

What is this shrub I thought was box

I inherited some bushes which now have flowers - which are not buxus 
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Last Post: 11/05/2015 at 17:04

When to remove greenhouse insulation?

Next to North Sea in Scottish Borders - when to unwrap? 
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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 22:08

Is bistort meant to go brown?

My bistort's leaves are all brown 
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Last Post: 24/02/2015 at 17:00

Nasty grey heap of stuff

I have found several small heaps of grey stuff like ash in the garden 
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Any experience of Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

help required 
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