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Pingles - old country name for ???

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:50
artjak wrote (see)

In Glasgow, they kept talking about the 'area', it was, I think, the steps to a block of flats,.

Not heard of that term - communal areas and stairs are called the 'close' and that is used across Scotland.  Area to me would be synonymous with neighbourhood. Traditionally in Scottish towns back gardens are 'back courts' and specific gardens, enclosed for fruit and veg, are 'yards'.


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:30
punkdoc wrote (see)

he trick is to damage the stems and then to spray. Continued digging it up does weaken it as well. So a 2 pronged attack. 

Spot on.

For a veg patch I would not want to use herbicides, so if you have a problem with Horsetail then sort that first or build a raised bed.


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 13:40

Do they think gardeners are the best demographic for new kitchens? How many people buy a kitchen online without ever seeing them from a company advertising on a gardening forum? I do with spammers would go away.

Can I plant bougainvillea in my front south facing garden?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 22:13

Agree with the above, our winters are too long and wet and the summers are just not hot, dry and long enough for them to survive outside all year.

ID this plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 20:05
Jim Macd wrote (see)

It is definitely a Dracaena my first thought was what's known in the trade as a Yellow Stipe, but I'm pretty certain it's a lanky fragrans. Has it ever flowered? They smell very lovely and drip lots of sticky nectar. 

Thanks - literally only had it a  month or so. It was foliage in a bouquet of flowers for the wife. I thought it had potential for rooting and the foliage is nice. It has started to root.

ID this plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:27

I thought at first it was a type of grass such as Arundo donax. The cane is  bamboo like but the leaves not right for Arundo.

Dracaena is a possibility - trying to find a pic of fresh trunk to check.

Thanks everyone!

ID this plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 11:07

Can someone kindly ID this plant? Came with a flower bouquet and roots quite readily.


Easy to grow tree

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 10:56

Japanese cherry trees are no maintenance and provide all year interest.

Greenhouse base

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 14:44
Fleurisa wrote (see)

Blairs -  wouldn't a wooden base rot?

Heat treated outdoor wood last for decades...possibly longer than the GH will.

Greenhouse base

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 11:10

It is easier if you use a wooden base to secure the GH to and secure the wooden base to the ground. Slabs work if the ground is dry and sunny as the slabs should retain some heat, gravel if the ground is naturally damp as it helps with drainage or a mix of both slabs and gravel!

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