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cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:23

Lift up the phone and repeatedly press the star or hash button. Automated calls think they have called a fax machine and take the number off the list - same for manual callers. Works for me as I get a lot less calls telling me about PPI and the like. In fact I hardly get any since doing that for a few months now .

Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 09:15

It will be interesting to see what it is. I did use roots cut off from Musa, Ensete and Canna when overwintering them. I thought something to bulk up the soil would save on compost. Now it is a waiting game to see what it is!

Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:53

I was curious so emptied the pot...looks like I have taken a root cutting of something rather than a seedling. I keep getting as error when trying to upload fresh photos alas.




Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 15:18

It is just one leaf, which is very slightly serrated and folded back as you can see in the pic. I thought it may be a type of Arum??? - only thing I planted is Araucaria Angustifolia seeds.

Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:10

Can anyone ID this plant - it is the green thing in the middle? It popped up rather too quickly in a pot. Pot was outside for a few months.



Unhealthy hebe

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 13:39

As you said the area is pretty much frost free and the Hellebore seem to like it we can whittle it down to drought, animal urine or disease. I would check what the die back is like when you lift them - anything diseased should be pruned off.

Unhealthy hebe

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 13:05

I am not that convinced that that looks like frost damage. The bed is next to a house and concrete paving so must have some sparing from the worst of the winter. I wonder if the area has poor drainage or some sort of root damage as the middle of the plants and the lower leaves look the most damaged. Tender new growth is what is normally affected first by frosts.


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 09:41

I put them outside to germinate as well, though rare plant seeds get the bag in the fridge. As long as the soil is loose and damp it works. You also have zero predation in a fridge.


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 09:09

I would have thought that cold stratification for 2-6 weeks then 13-25C would have been the instructions given as that is the standard for breaking stratification and what happens in nature. It seems one seed like warm conditions without the cold but the others will need it to break down the inhibition factors inside the seed.

Take out the germinated seed and keep it at the same temperatures in a pot (remove from bag).


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 09:04

They are not invasive in the UK. They self seed in warm weather but they die quickly in frosty weather. If they self seed in the wrong place then you can pull the plant out very easily and that is it gone.

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