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Mystery prickly plant

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:11

yes it's knowledge of what's safe to touch (or eat) and what's not that is really important.....and a bit of country lore, like the recognition of dock leaves when you've just discovered what stinging nettles can do.

Here I am complaining again.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:08

hope you've got a decent log-burner

our weather man is threatening us with gales too, but hopefully not the ice and snow as my grandson is playing for open air carols on Christmas Eve

Digging out Monbretia

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 15:10

Did you say Lucifer was restrained Verdun?  Mine move themselves where they want to be and multiply faster than I can deal with!  There are few friends that haven't been given a clump.  But they are stunning in flower.  There are some delightful smaller varieties though which don't threaten to overrun the garden, like Emily Mackensie and Mistral.

The old orange ones stop flowering if they are congested but shouldn't be too difficult to lift and remove - they are not deep rooted, just persistant.

Sounds like a job for the scouts in bob-a-job week Joyce!  Best of luck.

Mystery prickly plant

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 15:03

prickly with berries - at this time of year one thinks holly!...or a pyracantha?

if you can upload a photo we may be able to help.

Do the birds like the berries?

Here I am complaining again.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 14:57

gives us less to complain about here in UK!

don't want to make you envious, but todays sunshine gave me the chance to clear a bit more rotting fruit from the flower beds - mind you it's not very warm!

christmas cactus wont flower

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 14:51

Mine thrive on neglect!  But landgirl is right, draughts are fatal.  They don't all flower at Christmas - my red one flowers nearer Easter, and all the surplus rooted bits I took to France now thrive in a trough left out in the sunshine through the summer and only brought indoors in November, out of the cold.  It is easier to kill by overwatering.  Cuttings (bits off the ends of shoots) root by simply sticking in the pot - it's easy to end up with far too many.


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 13:36

Sylvia - I have some growing in the border, and I heap some compost on top of them for protection in the winter.  The ones growing in pots get moved to behind the greenhouse, mainly because they are so boring once the foliage has died down, but again I top up the pots with compost.  Mine bloomed well this summer so I shall continue this regime.  I believe they are one ofthose plants which need a restricted rootrun - too much space and they only produce leaves - but my border one seem to be OK.

Garden Bench

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 10:30

We've replaced all the slats on ours and resprayed the cast iron ends too and I reckon it's good for another dozen years.  We treated the new slats (B & Q like others have said) with a wood sealant as the bench lives out all year.  Gives you the chance to change the colour (we now have dark blue iron ends) too.

Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 17:34

I do like Dove - except I put all my orchids in a large washing up bowl once a week and use Baby Bio orchid feed in the water. Water from above and leave to stand in the water for about an hour  (doesn't matter if it's two or three hours really)  then lift and drain and pop back in their pot covers and replace where they belong.  They hate stabnding in water.

My son does this for me when I'm away - a regime easy to remember and they've been gouing now for between three and five years.

ps.  they;'re £4.50 in Ikea at the moment!

Rose ignorance

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 17:17

I don't think Charles will ever have thick stems - its a thickety kind of rose.  I'll be interested to hear how it performs if you try the pegging idea though.  It's a very old variety.

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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