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plants

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 16:55

What type of roscoea?

. I managed to germinate some R. Cautleyoides from the Kew beauty plants I have. I planted the seed as soon as the pods split. They died down last year, and I am waiting to see if they reappear in May.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 14:29

Forum was down for me until after lunch.

My garrya is about 3m tall, 20 year old, and responds well to random hacking.  It is currently covered in long tassels.

Cold wind here. I have picked some hellebore flowers to float in water. Sweet peas are germinating. The mouse trap killed a wood mouse in the greenhouse.

One of the neighbours had cowboys in, trimming the oak. Words were said. He said he had permission. A phone call to council had a result of an emergency visit from their tree people, who have spelt it out to him, including the size of the fine he can expect.  At this he backtracked, saying the scaffolding was for cutting the hedge. Liar, liar, pants on fire. I think he has got the message, though the scaffolding is still up. We have taken photos. He has only removed twigs that a  lopper can cut, and provided no rot sets in, they will soon regrow.  Moral of this story. If you dont like having a 150 year old oaktree in the back garden, dont buy the house. The preservation order is on the deeds.

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Posted: 27/02/2015 at 16:14

Bank sorted. A lot easier than I thought it was going to be.

I just remembered the car tax was due. Its a lot easier now online, rather than queuing at the post office.

A chicken carcass is simmering, ready to make soup. The buffy ball squash that I grew last year have stored really well. When they are baked though, the inside comes away like fine noodles, rather than like the butternut squash they are supposed to be like. However they make a good substitute for fine rice noodles in chicken noodle and sweetcorn soup.

  OH has had another random blood glucose. 5.3. Practically normal. So the diet seems to be having the desired effect. 

hellebores

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 16:08

I had one that had horrible black leaves. All new shoots came through the same. It was a harvington hellebore that I bought last year from wyevale. I dug it up and took it back .  All my old ones a few feet away are fine, and the new ones from Ashwoods are fine.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 08:39

Frost overnight here.

I'm off to the bank today, to get dads name taken off all the joint accounts, and get his isa moved. Everything is in joint names with mum  except the isa. I hope they dont make us go through probate for just that. Some banks will, and some wont. 

Next job is a granny bond.

Then the house is to be put in mums sole name and registered at the land registry.

I'm told that isnt strictly necessary yet, but it will make it easier after mum dies. It was never registered, because dad bought a piece of land, dug out the foundations by hand, then got a builder to put up the shell. The rest, including building the garage, he did himself. The other thing were doing is registering powers of attorney. It came in very useful for himselfs mum, when the powers that be tried to decide what was best for her. This way, the family decides and the key workers, social workers, council and the rest ,dont get to make decisions.

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 23:09

Aldi had raspberry canes in. When i looked for the variety it just said, long cane. No idea as to variety or even summer or autumn fruiting.

 

Composting in the tropics

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:33

I dont know about the tropics, but I do know that my friends compost heap in the Perth area of Western  Australia, rots at least twice as fast as mine. In fact it has to be watered regularly to stop it drying out.

In the tropics, I would try and keep it covered with plastic or something like that.

Brassica question

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:25

Beetroot is not a brassica.  It is chenopodia family, related to amaranth

The flowers and seed heads are very different.

Help little grey bugs found in meyer lemons roots help please!!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:07

Insecticidal solution wont harm the plant, just kill bugs.

Help little grey bugs found in meyer lemons roots help please!!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:35

You might need to give it a drench with an insecticidal solution. Just warm water wont do it. Don't leave the lemon standing in water at this time of year, it will just cause rot.

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