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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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Posted: 29/01/2013 at 16:31

Thought I'd give my advise in another thread  and say hi.

Geoff, happy with the new photos? Did Mrs.G. like them as well? Spain would not be my choice, too hot. I'd melt away there. 

Lottie, glad you can drive home now!

Snowdrops are showing here as well. Yay, Spring is in the air

Oh, is that the time, signing off again. Have a nice evening all

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Posted: 29/01/2013 at 15:46

Afternoon everyone, would you believe it's now 20 C warmer here than it was last week??? Seriously, it's +12 C today! But it's also dark and raining all day long. Not very friendly weather at all.

Computers can be v.e.r.y. slow at times and always at the wrong time too. Am no whiz, but I'm lucky that my Brother can fix  it for me

Jo, the workmen did deburr (had to look that up) the pipes, didn't they? Otherwise that could cause the whistling noise too. I'd be furious if it happened here.

Long, thin, narrow strip to plant up...

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 14:44

Yes, I also agree that border needs to be widened. Personally I'd be inclined to cut into the grass too by removing 2 strips of turf of about 80 x 200 cm , with an interval of about 350 cm which would make the shape more attractive to the eye IMO. This would give you some more room for (larger) shrubs and plants and maybe even a small tree?The photo shows what I mean, the brick paving would be your lawn.

 I would advise you to draw the border at scale. Then, draw the evergreens so you'll be able to see what's visible all year round and how much space you've left for other planting.

Instead of using trellis only you could consider training a shrub to cover a part of the fence (I'd recommend Garrya elliptica) and repeat that once or twice.

There are lots of sites where you can find photos of borders (Google) and of course lots of info at the library to give you ideas...

A lovely project, Wildcosmos, and I wish you lots of succes. Please, would you be so kind and show us the result? And if you need more advice you know where to find us.

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Posted: 24/01/2013 at 14:42

Just popping in to say hi to all the forkers here. Busy day cleaning, but sun is out and not so cold as yesterday.                                                                                            Inka, you're getting a pat on the back from me. That's some  effort!!  

Signing off  now, have to get back to bathroom.

Guess the little tree

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 14:19

This is a photo of Cotoneaster dammeri  'Coral Beauty'. Flowers in May, is evergreen up to -25 C and is normally used as a groundcover. Can grow up to 2 ft.

I really think this is the one you are looking for.

Looking after an orchid

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 13:57

Hi Lisa,

To me, it looks like the leaves have been badly scorched by sunlight, earlier in the year. I have had the same with my Moth Orchids because mine are standing on a window sill facing south-east where they get too much direct sunlight. They need lots of indirect sunlight, so a sill facing east or west would be best.

You have repotted it correctly and is otherwise looking very healthy. After flowering a new leaf usually appears.

Instead of watering once every week I would be inclined to mist one week and water another week until it gets warmer and brighter again. Water temparature should be lukewarm and preferably no tap water. When the roots are still green, no watering is needed. Hopefully the orchid will recover soon.


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Posted: 23/01/2013 at 15:42

Oops, I do hope I used the correct word. I thought the offspring of cows was written as calves. Guess I remembered wrong  See, that's what you get with foreigners


Ok, signing off to do some shopping.

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