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Help needed to save orange tree!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 18:56

Put it back in your conservatory/orangery .

Repot it into citrus compost in the next size up. Water it. Its unlikely to be frosted now under glass. If there is a brick wall in there, put it next to it, as it will act as a storage radiator. It can go outside from June to September. 

I would take the old fruit off.

Indoors next to a radiator in winter is usually too hot and dry.


Posted: 08/04/2015 at 14:19

Still missing fairygirl. I need her to put a spell on the neighbours.

Nice day, so I stripped the bed, got a line of sheets out, and one of the neighbours  lit a bonfire.

 Some shouting and gesticulating later, I find they don't speak English. They had to get a 5 year old to translate.   I think they got the message that I was not pleased at having to wash a pair of sheets again to get rid of the smoke smell.

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:59

I took cuttings last September. Now potted on after being overwintered in a cool greenhouse. I experimented with cuttings from the cut down last March. They did well, producing earlier flowering plants than seedlings.

Camera Corner

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:54

I have my name down on the waiting list for a  6 foot dandelion . Its a long list so there may be a long wait. 

The one above is entitled  "Wishes can come true." It is at Trentham gardens between the lake and the cafe.

See for more or Trentham gardens website.

Apparently, after I put the link on in January, the likes on the sculptors website went crazy. There must be more lurkers on this site than we suspected.


Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:45

Good morning everyone. Ive been away for the weekend, near Pershore. As we were in the vicinity, we popped in to Ashwoods at Kingswinford, on Monday, to see if they had a double yellow hellebore to replace the one that someones big feet trampled to death. No luck.  I did get an intersectional peony Bartzella. A double yellow. They had a prunus kojo something or other in the display garden, that was smothered in bees. So i had one of those too. OH sat in the sun and read his book.

Well, I ought to get out there and plant them.

Have a good day folks.

Is my meyer Lemon plant dead?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 22:06

Lemons will tolerate cold but not freezing. Keep on the dry side in winter.

lilium starlight express

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 19:10

If you have heavy clay, I would put them in pots. If you have sandy soil, ok in the ground.

squirrel on magnolia

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 18:32

I have a squirrel that eats camellia flowers. when they are all gone, he starts on the magnolia. Different ones fancy different things. One year all the sweet corn got nicked in an afternoon. 

They always ate  the apricots before they were ripe. I chopped the tree down.

Is my meyer Lemon plant dead?

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 12:47

Looks like its been inside and too hot for the winter. It may resprout if you put it out for the summer,up against a wall. Fleece it or bring it in if frost is threatened.

Feed in the summer with citrus fertiliser or ericaceous fertiliser(miracid)

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 19:25

Don't forget vases for your cut flowers. Charity shops and e bay are good sources. I have several cut crystal I only paid a couple of quid for. 

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