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Cyclamen which way up

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 07:47

I can just about see one of mine (hederifolium) from the kitchen window - with it's pointy, 'rooty' looking bit sticking up, and the foliage clear of that. It can be quite confusing when you just see them bare though  


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 07:42

Morning all. Dull here but hopefully a bit warmer than the last few days. Your nighttime temp was higher than our daytime one on Tuesday Dove! Can you send that warmer stuff up her pretty please 

You've been very busy Woody. Don't forget to take a break and admire your work now and then,  and  put some pix of the alpines on the Gallery thread 

Off for a look round before I go to work. have a good day whatever you're up to 


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 20:25

I've gone to the dark side Panda...

It was a Fast Show reference... the artist who always paints everything black....oh well..

I rather like the black wood work that I've done here  - partly out of necessity as it was a sea of bright orange . It shows off the brighter foliage colours, but I'm also doing a screen 'thingy' and I've got a sage green paint to do that and the old bench I inherited. 


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 20:13

Do it black...all black....BLACK...just BLACK I tell you.....

I'm going to sit on the fence..(did you get that joke Verd? )  and say they're both good, but it depends  what other colours you already  have in the way of paintwork. Too many different shades can be a bit restless. It also depends whether you want something to complement the planting or be a contrast. 

I've not been much help really have I? 

Wasps - such useful creatures

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:54

Don't think we get hornets up here Dove, but I may be wrong about that. Wasp nests are incredible pieces of architecture. I enjoy watching them on fences 'harvesting' wood for them. It's amazing how loud the noise can be if it's in a quieter spot.

I think I need to get out more...

Wasps - such useful creatures

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:43


- but didn't you know? Inhabitants of Dunoon do eat their soup with a fork....

I like wasps. 

couldn't eat a whole one though...


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:38

Great stuff OL. Hard work  ahead but very rewarding. Hope it goes well 

DDamsel -  

Well we can't all sit about on here ferdiddling around - there's dinners to be made adn no offers forthcoming so I'll have to do it 

Will catch up again later

Building a potting shed or logcabin for half the price.

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:30 know what they say....if it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck...then it's a duck...

or am I getting very cynical? 

Splitting a Phormium and organic feed..

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 17:32

Don't worry too much - if you lift it up and it feels a bit lighter then it'll be dry enough - if that makes sense! Poke your finger into the soil and see if it's quite dry too. You can tease it away from the edge of the pot a bit as well. they can stand quite rough treatment.

You might find it'll split into 3 or 4 plants quite easily, and as long as each bit has some root, it'll grow, so pot up smaller sections if you want more than a couple. The reason for cutting back the longest growth is to help to prevent stress - the roots can only support so much top growth so leaving it on will just result in it dying back anyway. You could probably take off half the height  you have there, and then once you've replanted, anything that also dies back can be cut out, leaving the healthiest bits. You'll see new, young shoots coming through once the plant establishes. 


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 17:16


Lesley - glad you had a good hol. I refused to put heating on despite the lousy temperature. I'm too mean... 

Ludicrous weather really for August - my poor tomatoes don't know what's happening to them! Mind you, I don't think many are going to ripen anyway -  Moneymaker - but some are the size of small apples! 

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