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Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:44

I finally found a use for the mini rake for houseplants that someone bought me. It's good for scooping up those big fat slugs and dropping them in strong salt solution.. the snails got crunched underfoot. I also found 2 baby frogs, so I guess the ducks didn't eat all the tadpoles.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:40

Sglily, has anyone else got your address they could pm to me?


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:55

But I've got to go out in the wet to do it.

poppy problem

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:54

Raw opium oozes from the pod of Papaver somniferum but not orientalis hybrids.

Its a milky white latex type fresh that turns brown on exposure to air.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:46

Lots of purple pom poms here. Purple sensation have finished, globemaster in full bloom, and christophii just starting.

Are they in a very shady position? perhaps not enough sun to build up the bulb last year?


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:43

I  went on a training course at Bush Boake Allen, once, on perfumes. We tested various smells being passed around. I wrinkled my nose at the jasmine base, and the man asked me what was the matter. I said it was like jasmine, but with something missing. When we went around the labs, he stuck another spill dipped in something under my nose. Now thats jasmine.  The first was jasmine base, a synthetic used in cheap perfumes. The second was jasmine absolute at £500 a small bottle. I've always had expensive tastes (and smells)

My Philadelphus aureus is in flower. The virginal is still only in bud.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:32

The best smell in the garden is honeysuckle mixed with hesperis mixed with philadelphus, on a still , humid night. Thats what we got last night, but tonight all I've got is slugs heading for my courgettes. The slug pubs are diluted. I may need to rig up cocktail umbrellas over them.

Calla lilies

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 18:09

let them die down in autumn, keep dry and frost free over winter. start to water and keep warm and frost free next spring.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:29

Lesley , PM me your address for hellebore seeds.

Kef, I'll plant some and you can have seedlings .

Dad(accompanied by Mum) went to docs this morning, to find that wednesdays appt (from a monday booking) was meant to be next wednesday. He got seen anyway by the duty doctor, and No, he cant have a cylinder of oxygen just in case he gets breathless again. His Sats were OK apparently. I thought he just wants it as a security blanket, but he has instructions now, if in doubt phone for an ambulance. 10 days for a doctors appointment after he just spent a week in hospital because of GP laxness is ridiculous.

Mum is bearing up well.

 Double pink spotted is the one at top left. I planted some yellow single but I'm hoping for some more.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:47

My double pink spotted hellebore has made seed, and I caught it this time. Too many for me, would anyone like some, to be sown now to germinate next spring?

Nut have your roscoea seed germinated?. I have a tray of little seedlings just come up, its so exciting..

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