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white fly in please!

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 11:10

Bob that's a good site, thank you.

are there any controls that you water onto the soil?  I used to use plant pins for my house plants but these seem to have disappeared from the GC.  I now have problems with a tibouchina in my lobby - still flowering and getting the old fashioned "finger and thumb" treatment, but I think it needs a bit more than that.

bulb id

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 11:02

Yes hyacinth.  Plant out in the garden when it's finished flowering and mark with a label.  Wait until the flower head has died down before you cut it off and let the leaves die down naturally before removing the slimy remains - this is why you need the label, because after that it will have disappeared until next spring.

Be warned - hyacinths in the garden are a magnet for snails so you may need to check, and collect them up from time to time.  The bulb should then naturalise and the numbers increase, year on year.

Dividing Clematis

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 10:58

I have never had any success with cuttings - and I've tried in all seasons.

I have just lifted eight of my clematis and planted in deep pots, different varieties, as part of the garden is about to be bulldozed.  Three of them came up with additional plants attached and all have made many new growths due to the warmer winter.  The only one that worries me is a very rampant Armandii and now is absolutely the wrong time to be lifting it - but needs must.  This was the only one with the equivalent of tap roots, and these had to be severed - so fingers crossed on that one but it is residing in copious quantities of lovely home-made compost. 

I can't see that splitting as you suggest would do any harm at all, so long as you protect the roots well with lots of compost afterwards.

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 19:36

Love the description EG, but it would be too big for the pot I've got.  Is Meilland still going?  Haven't heard of any new introductions from his nursery for some time.

If you have an interest in autism

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 09:44

What a specialist community we are - in so many ways!

Aspergers children simply don't distinguish between the very unusual and special and the rest of the things they do - it's all just part of life.  Thank goodness there are people out there to ensure at least some of them are able to follow the exceptional paths of interest.

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 09:34

very true Verdun

thank you everybody for all your help

- I picked up a beautiful drum shaped small planter in gc sale - black with indentations  which reflect some gold element in the glaze, making it very "tabby" suitable.  Now I just have to source the plants and get OH to make me a little carved plaque to go in it.  It may take a bit of time to complete but I'll post an image when I finally achieve it.

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:24

I once grew a batch of catmint (nepeta 6 hills giant) from seed and gave half a dozen sturdy plants to an eccentric cat rescue lady.

After a week she complained that she could not find them - she thought that cats were supposed to love rolling in the foliage.  That was when I disciovered that they also eat it!

jo47 - online? why waste a perfectly good excuse for a day out to a plant nursery or two!


If you have an interest in autism

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:16

16....never realised that an old obsessive like me might actually be normal!  I endorse all that's been said about people being individuals, not the labels society, or worst of all the medical profession, hang around their necks.  I think you need a lot of patience to work with/understand aspergers and autistic children.  Sadly many adults just don't understand that it's not an illness, or abnormality that needs to be avoided.  Time and patience are in short supply these days.

When I worked with special needs children of all descriptions in the "normal" system, it was just time and patience and that was needed to establish how best to help a child fit in to what is often an uncompromising situation.  The children often knew how they could be helped and it just needed somebody to explain the why and wherefore to all those staff (and class members) around them. 

But it's not just autism - my grandson has cerebral palsy and his mother has fought tooth and nail to get him accepted as "just another child" whilst the medical profession refer endlessly to "a special needs child" and what he can't do.  Delighted to say he actually can do considerably more than they predicted, mainly because he has been allowed to "just get on with it" in normal situations.

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:50

Thanks jo47 - the alstromeria looks beautiful and I like the ophopogon too.  Time to consult the family and then maybe have a trip out to a nursery soon.

The nepeta amused me - Matilda used to eat the young shoots as they came through so we had to put a little plastic fence around it so that she could only trim off the bits that poked through!

maybe I should have the lily surrounded by the nepeta.....

Hellebores my little prettys first flowers from sowing

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 09:37

Such a fabulous selection - I love the ruffles - makes them special.

My double lavender one is in flower now but I'm still waiting to see the offspring of a yellow one I have.

amused to see an advert for half price Hellebores from T and M pop up alongside this post!

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