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Orchid help

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 20:48

May I endorse 100% what Hostafan advised??!!

Help needed please

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 20:46

Ceres beat me to it! Bay get's my vote (particularly as it can be used culinarily.. & in 'naturalistic Christmas decor too!!)

 Slightly early, I know, but good ideas cost nothing....? and they're 1/2 price if shared!!!

From 24 degrees on Sunday to the first snow today!

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 20:37

Dear Dachalover: fascinated by your various posts within this thread - some of your comments really 'chimed' with me as an ex-patriate Englishman (Midlander) residing in far west SW wales for over 40 years & counting..[on another 40, if I'm spared?]. I do have an uncertain % of ex-Co Roscommon Irish blood in me somewhere...lower left leg, I think??  I've been a communicator/ interpreter all my professional life & carry on much the same in active retirement (3 years so far). Outdoors is where I've based these interpretations of the natural world: seashore, countryside, farmland, mountain & moor throughout the British Isles.

I short, I'd miss the (comparative) freedom of movement & expression which we can sometimes take for granted here in Britain. The easier-going Irish way of life I love: (sampled in wet west Kerry late 1970's as a geomorphology/ landform & geology student). **I could go on & on, but perhaps you'd like to pm me if you wish a more private dialogue??...Slaunte! Pob Hwyl!! Good luck!!

Lawn Aerator Shoes

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:39

The slender tines of a border fork penetrate much further into the soil/ subsoil & result in far better drainage . I use mine regularly and follow up with sharp sand brushed over the surface (works best in the dry!!!).

Blood moon....

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 19:25

Congratulations, BobtG: your public-spirited efforts fully deserve their wide acclamation!! Unfortunately it was (mostly) too cloud-covered here in coastal South Pembs!! [I'll need to stick around & wait for the next one!!].

When to cut back the Lillies?

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 19:34

Conifer: Go to settings at head of page, check 'my messages' & you'll see that I have just pm'd you on this topic.

When to cut back the Lillies?

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 19:43

 Dame's Violet pic for benefit of "Conifer". Multiple flowers carried on 2-4' (foot) stalk in 2nd year. Slender seed pods form and tiny seed ejects readily when ripe! Basal floret forms in 1st year of growth. Bees & butterfies love its scented flowers!

*[Conifer: I generally save some seed each year - pm me if you'd like some].

When to cut back the Lillies?

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 19:16

I trim lilies to about 5cm on each stem, what's left helps to identify the contents of each pot, trough or bucket holding the lilies. Springtime top-dressing generally frees those stalk remnants as I carefully delve off 4-5 cm of old compost & replace with fresh.

BTW: The 'discarded' stems can be cut into suitable lengths and used to boost the contents of the various 'Insect Hotels' I have dotted around the shrubberies! [The minibeasts happily excavate their way into the pithy stems, ditto with Dame's Violet and Teasel stems - the differing diameters seem to suit different beasties!].

The seaside

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 18:01

Here in sunny, coastal SW Pembrokeshire we have both Starlings and Jackdaws that have learned to perch and take offerings from peanut feeders (just like Blue Tits and Sparrows). It can develop into quite a 'scrum' at times!! [especially when they all try at the same time!].


Uploading pics

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 17:58

Thanks, Dove: it's sitting on a nicely sunny leaf, so long as Messrs Blue Tit & Sparrow don't spot it, it should do alright in time...

Discussions started by David Matthews2

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

So I've grown gourds this season & needing to know whether these are edible, or merely ornamental?? Positive information would be most welcome - before I poison aybody!! 
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Last Post: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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