Jean Genie

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Biggest Aspidistra ???

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 13:00

Hahahaha ! Glad there's someone else out there who's as crazy as me ! My little carnivores are Fred the flycatcher

 Stan the sundew

 And Percy the pitcher !


Golden rule

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 12:44

Maud - your honeysuckle is flowering ? I've not got any yet !

Weekend weather.

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 12:05

I've been reading all the forecasts I can find and they all seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet ! They all can't be wrong can they ? Or can they ......... best of the weather S. east . I'm moving .

Biggest Aspidistra ???

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 12:00

Yes, I think so too now I'm quite proud of him ! Think he may be becoming a bit of a diva - he looks tons better since he's had a bath. He's got sons and daughters too - I've spilt the plant a few times since  I've had it but not for a good few years now - I just topdress it every now and then but I think your godmother may be right in neglecting it a bit .  I've really not taken much notice of him until I read the post. Hope you get rid of the mites - I had a quick inspection of the other plants and still appear to be mite - free. Long may it continue !

Golden rule

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:17

Hi Cia , I still find pruning a bit of a mystery but I know that if a plant or shrub flowers in Spring you should prune it after it has finished flowering . Any later and you will miss out on next years flowers . I usually cut back by about a third and follow the one in three rule with the older stems. I must admit to reading my R. H. S. book at for advice at times . I've only just got to grips with Clematis pruning but I'm sure there are more friendly people on the forum who will help and know a lot more than me !

Biggest Aspidistra ???

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:03

I've never had that problem, Alina - guess I've just been lucky . It may help to sponge the leaves with just plain water and keep it cool. Sorry I can't help much more than that -  none of my plants have ever suffered with it. . What I would say though is don't use those leaf shine products as they block the plants pores. Why someone invented that I'll never understand.

Thank you as well Emma, I feel very proud of Archie now and I promise to give him a bath more often now !

Slugs and snails

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 09:51

I'm going to have a go too anything 's worth a try - there was another in my hanging basket yesterday - talk about mission impossible !

Slugs and snails

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 08:20

I went for a walk in our local woods the other day and noticed a distinct lack of munching ! What I would like to know is why don't they eat everything in sight  there ? Granted , there are a lot of birds but didn't see much S/S activity at all . Maybe they just like posh nosh !

Biggest Aspidistra ???

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 08:08

Thank you gardengirl. He's usually tucked away in a corner of the room and I'm ashamed to say he was very dusty - he had a wash and brush-up before the photo-shoot ! I don't do anything special other than water and an occasional feed. They like to be kept on the dry side and only a little feed now and then as too much can cause the leaves to split . They  were very popular in the Victorian age as they could cope with the fumes from gas lighting and survive in the big gloomy houses back then but I think Archie 's happy enough in the corner !

Weekend weather.

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 10:48

Here's a reminder.


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