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pets and why they are called what they are called

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 19:00

Our rescue jack russel/beagle cross was named Woody at the pound as he was happiest when he was chewing up a stick. Our cat, also from a rescue centre we called Dusty- short for Dusty Bin as she was a tiny kitten found tied up in a black plastic dustbin sack! She used to get called Dusty bin-Laden every time she bought home a dead body, but she doesn't do that so much now she's 12.

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Wintering Fuchsias

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 11:35

Thats what worries me. Even if I put them in the ground I'll have a job to find a patch that doesn't get flooded in the winter. So pots in the greenhouse this year I think. Lots of bubblewrap and fleece.

Wintering Fuchsias

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:06

Thank you I'll try that and in the mean time I'll find 3 spaces in the borders.

Wintering Fuchsias

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 20:37

I've never grown fuchsias before but someone bought me 3 large plants for my birthday in July. They have flowered their socks off, and I am now a big fan. I've had them in large pots on the patio, and wondered if I can leave them like that through the winter. I should say that they were all labelled as hardy: Tom Thumb, Genii, and Delta's Sarah. I would hate to lose them. Would a cold greenhouse be enough protection or should I find spaces in the borders?

Poisonous

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 20:19

This looks a bit like my cotoneaster lacteus leaf, which does have berries like this, but not until later, usually December. I suppose it depends on where this message comes from. I have looked it up and I see that the berries are mildly toxic, but for a small child could be dangerous.

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 20:03

Just read all these comments and I'm astounded how many plants people hate! I can't think of a single one that I dislike that much, as most plants are great in the right place. Admittedly I don't enjoy having thorns in fingers but it would not stop me from buying roses, and although I have not got a Berberis, my neighbour has and I admire the colour when in full bloom. As a florist I look at plants differently, especially foliage plants. Even Aucuba and the dreaded conifer can look fantastic in the right arrangement. I'm sure people have learnt to dislike plants that are difficult to  control, but it's sad to rule them out totally. Grow some in a pot where you can restrict their size.

And as a final word, just stop and take a really close look at one of those hated flowers. It's miraculous how perfectly the petals are formed into the flowers; each one a masterpiece!

HONEYSUCKLE won't flower :-(

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 17:11

reading these answers explains why my honeysuckle does not flower much, because it is growing up my corkscrew willow. That must take most of the moisture from the roots. Maybe I'll start another plant somewhere else.

Hollyhocks

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 18:20

I think Carol Klein told us that hollyhocks are in the mallow family and slugs don't like them. Am I remembering correctly. It was on a recent GW programme. I've grown some from seed this year and they are all un-munched.

Deutzia

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 17:47

I had the same trouble and someone suggested that I trim them to half their length.  I thought they were like runners at first till I saw they came from the branches. I had four long stems that made the plant look as if it was an upturned table with long legs! I cut mine several weeks ago and it now has little leaf buds coming by the last pair of leaves from the cut.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:24

I used Westlands and lots of stuff has not done well in it. But that could be down to the weather conditions. One thing I have noticed is that it does not hold the water well. I can water my pots and it just seems to run through. I shall try mixing MPC with soil next year and see if that makes a difference. The seed compost from them was rubbish as well, with a very poor germination rate even in the greenhouse. We just can't win!

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