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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 14:28

Hey Geoff- yep, long time no see. Still jobless but much happier than I was the last couple of month. I'm going to try and post more often. BTW, did you see the update in the profile?  

I heard that somewhere too, Derek.  It's just that my fingers keep itching.


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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 13:57

Dinner plan ready. Mum called and had a recipe for some left over meat so gonna give that a try. Muffins will be send, but might also be tomorrow Bunny

Hi Flo - sorry,  missed your post completely

Hello Derek  and Nola !  Come on Spring indeed!!

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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 12:49

And upwards too, I hope Bunny   the temps, that is! 

Mmmm, freshly baked bread    . Thinking of making strawberry muffins....and feeling peckish. Am working on plan for dinner but it'll have to wait. 

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Posted: 20/03/2013 at 12:16

Afternoon all, 

Thought I'd seen the last of this white stuff they are dropping from the skies!!! Has been snowing all day here - have been up since 6.50. We've had some wonderful weather in the last couple of weeks but apparently we're going back to winter clothing again. 

Also saw The Fixer last night and thought it was a bit dull but the advice given was good. Have worked in garden centers and nurseries myself so know how difficult it is to attract customers and keep them. 

covering large slope

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 11:14

Geraniums will be good fillers - garden Geraniums that is, not Pelargoniums. Geranium macrorrhizum, G. cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' spread fast and don't mind acid soil. I'd also plant ferns and bulbs.

I also agree with Obelixx that the coloured stems of dogwoods will be brightening up the slope.

Diseased garrya eliptica

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 14:01                                                              

Is this what the leaves are looking like, Pinkrose? Then yes, as you can see in the link it's weather damage. It does look like it's going to die but as soon as temperatures start going up again and the freezing winds stop, your Garrya will produce new leaves. I live in the Netherlands and even though I was told this shrub wouldn't survive our freezing cold wind, I was stubborn and bought one anyway. It survived for many years and only moving house did it in. Garrya's like the same spot as Camellia's. Mine was planted facing north but was also protected from easterly winds by the house.

Tiny black flies

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 10:53

@Huntertony, a Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula) will not catch those tiny flies, they're too light in weight for a V. F. Trap. We used a subtropical sundew ( mentioned above).   Hope this helps.



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Posted: 14/02/2013 at 08:51

Morning all,

Hope everyone's ok. Have a nice Valentine's Day all. Don't think we'll be enjoying it for long 'cos we seem to be getting "some" snow here. But after that, Summer is on it's way yaaaayyyyy.

Tiny black flies

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 08:46

We used to have those too. And fruitflies. I was fed up with them and bought some carnivorous plants. A small sundew does the trick - we have Drosera capensis 'Albino' and its thrived for us. It fed itself with the flies and all we had to do was give it a spot on a south-west facing windowsill and make sure there's always some rainwater in the container. It had more than 20 flower stalks at least so must be loving it here.

Plants between concrete path and wall

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 14:05

Considering this is quite a dark, narrow strip along a walled area I think a combination of Asarum europaeum (evergreen and low-growing), Polystichum setiferum (evergreen), Geranium, Hosta, Helleborus niger would look lovely. Epimediums would be a possibility and also Campanula ( the small varieties). I would also consider putting in a climber; there are some lovely Clematis' that do well in shady conditions. Another thing I always like very much is using bulbs like Cyclamen coum, Corydalis, Fritillaria meleagris, Galanthus and Scilla. This way you'll have something to look at all year round.



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