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Belfast sinks and their true value?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 20:07

Is a butler sink the same? This photo taken a couple of years ago - now is completely covered in echeverias, euphorbia myrsinites (at the back) and various forms of houseleek.  I don't water it and have gravel surrounding all the plants.

It stands on four coffee jar lids to keep it off the ground and I absolutely love it.  Didn't buy it, inherited it along with a smaller apothecary sink from my Auntie Lily.  I take the echeverias into the unheated greenhouse in the winter, but the rest stay put.


completely covered


Can You Identify This Flower For Me Please??

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 08:46

and it should smell wonderful too, but can't cope with cold temperatures so definitely a house plant - your Mum obviously has the right touch to keep it flowering.

Read in the paper today

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 21:09

must be old age!  I loved sweet things when I was younger - come to think of it there are days when I'd kill for a bag of fudge.

What is this yellow flowering bush.

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 21:06

thanks OL - we were all dying to ask!

Thug - perhaps, but nothing to stop you digging out and composting the surplus each year.

Read in the paper today

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 18:54

I love liver too and kidneys - can't beat a steak and kidney pudding.  We all love rice pudding - and fight over the skin on the top.

I can't bear celery, houmos (tasteless slop) or sliced white bread (like eating  cardboard and far too sweet).  I also don't like most Ice cream sold in this country, it's far too sweet - now real ice cream (like a certain Scottish company M.... make) is another matter.  I've never eaten anything octopussy that wasn't like endlessly chewing plastic tubes.

Bekkie - the best thjng when you wake in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep is camomile tea.  It tastes a bit strange at first,  like hot grass, until you get used to it, but with a dob of honey added it really works a treat and you can grow to really like it.

White/Pale Yellow patches on leaves - Is this sunburn/sunscald?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:11

My cat adored cat mint and would eat young plants down to the base if left to it.

I used some of that stiff white plastic chicken wire (fencing?) to make a collar a few inches away from the main stems.  The mint then grew through the mesh and those bits did get nibbles a bit, but the bulk of the plant grew well and tall within thereby keeping both me and the cat happy.


Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:05

I have several clumps in the garden - each started as three or five bulbs that had flowered in the house.  They seem to just multiply ad infinitum.  I do feed them with tomato feed after they've finished flowering though, to promote the following year's flowers.  They are an absolute magnet for snails though, as they die down!  You may also want to mark where they are to save digging them up inadvertently when you are planting things out later in the year.

Red Hot Pokers

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 16:55

they may need dividing - you can do this in the autumn.

What is this yellow flowering bush.

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 16:53

....what I've always called sunflowers!  The sort of plant that neighbours pass on to each other to plant at the back of a border.  They look good with michaelmas daisiers which are in bloom right now too.

guess who's hiding in my compost bin

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:19

Oh Peat B - you're too far away for this princess to give you a kiss and turn you back again!

never mind - I could do with a few frogs in the garden to sort out the slugs and snails.

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