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Wonky Aloe Vera!

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 19:18

Dark green is good., much better than brown. I just cut the brown shrivelled bits off.  Mines a bit wobsided too. Its easy to make new ones from a smallish shoot. Just pull gently to detach from main plant and pot up. Mine thrives on neglect. It doesn't get watered very often.

Compost bin

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 19:13

I've never added worms, they seem to find their own way in.

As artjak says, mix it up well, don't let it get too wet or dry,and give it a fluff up/mix at regular intervals.


Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:36

Keep going Panda. It might be like wading through treacle, but you'll get there in the end.

what is this bush, anyone?

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:25

I think the scent depends on the temperature. My "Dawn" could be smelt from 30 ft away yesterday afternoon. about 9c. This morning, just above freezing, I had to get close up.

Tree fern

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:22

As these are the experts , you could have a look on these websites.

 RHS advice is to err on the side of caution.

Hackney is likely to have a fairly mild microclimate, but you never know.

what is this bush, anyone?

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:57

Viburnum bodnantense.   the cultivar "Dawn" is very pink. If it is more white it is more likely to be "Charles Lamont" although "Deben" is described as white to pink.

Talkback: Holly and berries

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 14:56

You need to have both sexes. Only the females will have berries, but they need a male for pollination. They will grow in a large pot.

 Silver Queen is a male and will not have berries.

 Golden King is female and will have berries.

Help Overwintering Geraniums - rotting??

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 14:51

Pelargoniums  (non hardy geraniums) need to be kept on the dry side in winter but not bone dry. They need to be kept frost free. They don't go dormant like hardy geraniums. If they get too cold and wet they will rot off. They would be best on an indoor windowsill to overwinter if you have no heating in your greenhouse.

Tree fern

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 13:13

I would pack the centre with straw, fold the leaves over and put a fleece bag over the lot. I will guarantee if you go away, it will freeze solid.

Van Meuwen

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 12:49

Kim, if they were supposed to be November Delivery, they are quite clearly in breach of contract as they havn't been delivered.  Ask for your money back. no credit vouchers, no replacements, Refund of cash back to your card.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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white mouse

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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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