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Christmas cactus

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 08:06

I have two, both rescued at the 'almost dead' stage, one from a greengrocers and one from Homebase.  They both flower their socks off just before Christmas and again a bit later (now). I repot them with an MPC in the late spring then once the frosts etc are over I put them outside in a shady spot in the summer (with copper tape around the pots 'cos slugs and snails love them).  I bring them back indoors in September and they go on a bright windowsill  - not really my favourite plants, but when they're in full flower they're amazing and you have to be thankful for them.

John Innes no3 soggy compost

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 18:54

 This may be helpful


Posted: 03/03/2016 at 14:55

Plant them now - they won't keep until the autumn.  They may not flower this year but they may do next.  Bulbs for spring flowers need to be planted in the autumn 

runners in polystyrene

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 13:27

I agree with Lyn - early May is when I start mine off.

I don't think two dozen is a lot - I plant at least that many and there's only the two of us

Help needed!

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 12:07

Looks like you've got Greater Bindweed there - is it coming through from the next door neighbour's garden?  I'd complain about that if I were you

Help needed!

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 10:21

I've been having a think, looking at our fences and trying to remember properly what the chap who installed our fences said ...... it was that the cut edge should be at the bottom on the side of the fence which faces into the prevailing bad weather ........ that makes more sense ...... ignore what I said earlier

He also said that if the posts are bedded in with concrete the concrete should be proud of the surrounding soil and bevelled downwards to prevent water collecting around the base of the post.

Help needed!

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 10:13
KT53 wrote (see)

....The comment about the cut edged of the laps being upwards really doesn't make sense as we are seeing the back of the fence so of course the cut edge is up - it's down on the other side.  ....

True   But it does seem to have been done randomly, which doesn't indicate a professional job

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 10:08

Brrrrrrr!  just been outside to fill bird feeders and bring the bins back in - it's flippin' chilly even if the sun is shining

I think hospital food is the same all over the world - it's impossible to provide a wide range of delicious meals on the scale and with the facilities and budget they have.   I know that Russian friends take food in to friends who are in hospital - and English friends are doing the same in some cases, or they're ordering takeaways. 

We expect so much more nowadays - back in the old days we were grateful for a piece of toast and a bowl of soup of doubtful origin

Help needed!

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 09:47

I absolutely agree with Hostafan and Pansyface - that fence was not erected in a professional way. 

The end of the fence should have been secured to that little shed. 

There are no gravel boards at the base of the fence which would protect the fence from damp/rot and as Hosta says, the posts look as if they've just been 'stuck in' and not secured with concrete or metal post holders (or treated properly either). 

The older looking panels look as if they've been fixed upside down, with the cut edges of the laps upwards rather than downwards in the newer looking fencing.  They should be overlapping downwards to shed rain off the fence - doing it the wrong way will cause the fence to rot.

They don't have a leg (or a fence post) to stand on

Problem honeysuckle

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 07:54

Hi Galadriel

Most honeysuckles lose their leaves over the winter so don't panic. 

Sometimes they lose them in the summer due to powdery mildew if they've been too dry at their roots - when you say the pot is large, how large?  What sort of compost is in the pot?  Was it regularly watered and kept moist?  How long has it been there?  Is it in a sunny or shady spot?

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