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exotic looking plant ideas please

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 21:57

Weird coincidence - heard about the one in Nuts link on last weeks GQT, which i played in the car on the way home this evening.  A lady was trying to move it from next to her front door because it smells like a dead sheep that has been left there for a couple of months.  Yum !


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 06:38

Morning all - only 2 days til the weekend!

does anyone know when the GC's start stocking this years seeds?  Went to the GC on Monday and it was only last years stock on sale, and very limited choice.  Had to ensure it was not a wasted journey by investing in a half price winter honeysuckle (smelt sooo good, it had to be rescued) - which is currently on trial in the courtyard to see if the deer will leave it alone.

exotic looking plant ideas please

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 06:33

I was going to say Fatsia, but Lizzie beat me to it, so i will second her suggestion!  Its very easy (almost foolproof) and looks like it should be i a greenhouse or conservatory!

Early pruning advised?

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:57

I would think the danger of doing it now is if we suddenly get a cold snap, which will knock the new growth back.  If it were me, i would wait .....

Cold frames

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:54

We used polycarbonate for coldframe lids - still going strong a decade later.  You can get edging strips which finish it off nicely too

Essential Tools

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:49

Hi Tracey - i love my Sneerboer tools, but they are pricey.  I have had my family club together for Christmas and birthdays for the ones i have.  

Essentials for me are a hand trowel, hand fork, spade and border fork, and a decent pair of secateurs and some sort of sharpening stone.  I also use a kneeler.

Re renovating a pair of shears - if you can get movement by oiling the joints, and can sharpen the blades (with your new sharpening stone recommended above) then i would imagine they would be ok

I really enjoy this forum

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:35

Glad it wasn't just me who he terrified

I really enjoy this forum

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:32

Aaaaagghh!  Just watched David K's youtube clip and it brought back childhood nightmares.  I thought he was the scariest thing in world when i was 8 ......


Posted: 15/01/2014 at 22:26

Just got in from garden lecture on magnolias.  Fascinating fact for you - magnolia Leonard Messel will have whiter flowers if the weather is cold when the flowers are forming in early spring, and pinker if it is warm.  Will be watching mine carefully in future!  Had a lovely evening - its great listening to people who are passionate about their subject - lifts the soul

I need your help!

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 06:58

I'm more interested in wildlife in my garden now i know it is there.  And the more i garden, and the more time i spend outside, actively engaging with my surroundings, the more i discover, and the more interested i get.  Its a virtuous circle really.

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