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can you identify this very mysterious plant?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 17:28

Difficult to describe. Best to search for images under Aloe vera plant. Lots of clear pictures.http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=aloe+vera&hl=en&rlz=1W1GGLL_en&prmd=imvnsl&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=K2P4T86UOciHhQeyjNm3Bg&ved=0CEYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=563

Poppy seed

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 16:57

Many thanks I'll try that. Someone told me that poppy seeds are known to lie dormant in the ground for years and then suddenly pop up. Fingers crossed.

can you identify this very mysterious plant?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 16:47

It's a mystery to me as well. The only plant that I know you can cut off the thick watery leaves to rub on skin conditions is 'Aloe vera' but that's a succulent plant not a bulb.

buried snails

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 15:57

Not sure if it was one of those but I found a bright orange one easily 4 inches long when I was walking the dog. Not seen any in my garden. Occasionaly I see the big black 3inch ones, but not recently. Size doesn't seem to matter when it comes to slugs, as the small ones do just as much damage! What I find amusing is that rhubarb leaves are poisonous to us, but the slugs munch on them and it doesn't kill them!

midges

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 15:44

You are all lucky, as I was allergic to the Avon stuff. That brought me out in a rash before the midges saw me! I was told to take vitamin B1 suppliment for at least 3 months before we went to Scotland on hols. Someone else told me to eat lots of garlic while north of the border. Trouble is it kept the locals away from me as well as the midges!

midges

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:54

Oh reading these messages takes me back to many happy holidays in Scotland. I remember the midges very well! The worst we had were at a caravan site near Loch Maree. You just did not go outside after 5pm! Even the dog didn't want to have a tiddle at bedtime because he was swarmed with them. I'm very allergic to bites and my face blew up all swollen and red. What a miserable time we had. We get monster mozzies down here, about an inch long with a very nasty nip, but nothing like Scottie midges!

Poppy seed

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:43

I collected 6 different types of poppy seeds from friends and neighbours last year and scattered the whole lot across a bed under my magnolia tree. I'm disappointed to say that not one plant came up. Not a sausage! I'm gutted to say the least. Yet nextdoor have plants coming up all along the tarmac path and in cracks of walls. What did I do wrong? Am I likely to get some next year instead?

How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:33

Am I being inattentive , because people keep talking about pitto. flowers. I've got 4 different varieties in my garden and have never seen a flower on any of them. I know they are supposed to be small flowers but when should I get the magnifying glass out, which month?

buried snails

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:29

Watch out everyone. I went to fill a new planter with MPC from an opened bag today only to find something had been laying eggs in it. Nice white round balls just like the ones I found attached to the snail last week. Glad I spotted them as that would not have been a good start to the plants would it?

buried snails

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 11:32

Lokelani I did the same and when they got to a foot high I thought they'd be ok.  oh no the creature have still decimated them. Might have to grow them in pots permanently. I will not give up!

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