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Posted: 21/10/2014 at 13:55

On the theme of disappearing industries and the effect on whole communities, did either of you see Sting's New York concert of the music from his play 'The Last Ship', shown on BBC 4 a few months ago?. Great music & musicianship, very moving.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 12:51

fidgetbones - Salvia Patens seeds have arrived - thanks

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:04

thanks Tootles, Verdun, Fairygirl, Supernoodle.

What a wonderful forum this is - so many knowledgeable members and so ready to share their experience.

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:38

Lyn, fidgetbones, ginagibbs - thanks for your help. Artjak - Brilliant!

I have been deadheading regularly, sometimes every day and I'll be glad to say goodbye to that particular job for a while.

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:46

Thanks Fleurisa, I always like to ignore the obvious. The thing is, I remember reading somewhere that Cosmos flowered through October.

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:22

I have 3 pots, each planted with Cosmos, Begonia and trailing Petunias. They have been flowering their heads off since June, but over the last week or so, the Cosmos have started to look very tired. The colour of the foliage goes pale, with small white flecks or bands, then the lower foliage starts turning brown and crisp.

The other plants still look fine. The pots have been watered regularly for the most part (daily in the very hot weather, every 3 days otherwise) and fed weekly with tomato food. "The most part" could be the problem - on a couple of occasions during the hot weather, the daily watering was missed.

What is the most likely cause of this decline?




Dinner Party Guest (who would you invite?)

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 20:29

Peter Ustinov, David Niven, Billy Connolly, Germaine Greer, Annie Lennox, Katharine Hepburn

Private Messages

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 12:21

No, I deserved it. I seem to be having more and more of them.

Private Messages

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:23

Obviously it was just me. Please ignore.

Private Messages

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:14

Used PM for the first time yesterday. When I went into 'My Messages', I could see the received PM, but there was no apparent way to reply. The only options were to create a new message or delete a selected message. I created a new message, clicked 'Send' and was presented with a screen that listed the message that I had just sent, followed by a 'Reply' box.

What is going on? It appears to be prompting me to reply to my own message.

Discussions started by keepitlive

Is it too late to plant out Buddleia davidii?

lant out young Buddleia davidii now or overwinter in cold g/h 
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Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 14:38

Collapsing Cosmos

Looking generally tired, foliage turning brown and crisp 
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Last Post: 25/09/2014 at 10:00

Private Messages

PM behaviour seems odd... or is it just me? 
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Last Post: 13/12/2014 at 20:39

First greenhouse - partition or not?

I would welcome advice on pros and cons of GH partition 
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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 19:26

Unthrifty Eryngiums

Lower leaves turning yellow, then brown and dried 
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Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 14:30

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 20:13

Is this an Escallonia?

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Last Post: 25/07/2014 at 09:33

Cannot send private messages

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Last Post: 10/01/2014 at 18:30

Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

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Last Post: 11/01/2014 at 19:56

Will chicken wire keep moles out of raised beds?

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Last Post: 31/07/2013 at 19:16

What is this?

Unknown plant appeared last year, now going mad 
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Last Post: 19/04/2013 at 06:28
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