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New site - bugs

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 18:28

Can I call you Geoff!!  every one else does! 

New site - bugs

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 18:26

It's not just you, sotongeoff. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago and Daniel is on the case. (see post 42 above). 

New site - bugs

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 18:08

If you hover your mouse over the avatars on this thread, every boarder is shown to have contributed exactly the same number of posts, 17,198 of them!!

Talkback: Cats and catmint

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 18:04

My 12 year old cat discoverd valerian root the other day, after OH bought some valerian root herbal tea to help he get to sleep. The cat kept trying to lick the cup, so we poured out some into a saucer. The cat rolled her neck fur and ears in the saucer, then rolled about on the floor, eyes as black as coal. Very unlike her. She is normally very  sedate and dignified.  Hilarious to watch.

Googled and found that although it is a sedative for humans, valerian root is a stimulant for cats, just like catmint. 

Yellow/orange maple

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 17:44

I can think of a couple. There is one called acer pseudoplanatus 'Brilliantissimus' that always catches my eye in spring, but I would describe its leaves more like yellow / salmon pink. The pink colour fades by summer. I used to have one many years ago but the young leaves can get  scorched by spring frosts and can look tatty thereafter. Mine was in an exposed spot so my fault. I have seen quite a few in front gardens - trained as a standard with a large ball of branches pruned each year to encourage more young leaves in spring. 

I have one called acer cappadocicum aureum that has gold/  yellow leaves with red edges in spring, but I don't think it's that common. I grew mine from seed. 

Purple foliage plants for shade?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 16:10

Heucheras  do well in semi-shade, and you can get some very deep purple ones. The darkest one that I have is Obsidian, which is practically black. A good mid purple is Emperors Cloak. 

Actea simplex 'Brunette' is a terrific plant for shade, deep purple finely cut leaves, 5 foot tall when its white spikes are in flower. I got one two years ago, at Holcombe Hall in Norfolk, and it is terrific, but it likes moist soil and doesn't like much sun. It would go really well in the middle / back of a border. Here's some info on it:

Advice from the odlies :)

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 14:11

Fear not! I guess quite a few of us are 'oldies'. 

Sycamore tree - why are they monsters?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 08:56

Just to echo FloBear's comment, yesterday I hacked back a lovely Japanese Quince to ground level after the top got killed by the cold winter.I was about to dig the root out when I noticed buds starting to appear on several of the pruned branches. I scraped back the bark and it was juicy green. I was SO sure it was dead. I haven't told OH what I discovered, but I'll know next time. 

Sycamore tree - why are they monsters?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 08:32

Just to be sure, post another photo when the leaves have fully opened. I just can't write off the possibility that the parent is not the same as the seedlings, if only because I find it so bizarre that someone should go to the trouble of cultivating sycamore seeds for an employer living in a mansion, and then go to the trouble of digging them up and taking them home when he lost his job.  Or maybe that might explain why he lost his job???

Sycamore tree - why are they monsters?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 06:52

So the mystery may have been solved! Not in the way you hoped, but the mummy plant does look rather attractive.

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