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Posted: 20/07/2013 at 18:50

I think Anthuriums make wonderful houseplants! I was in a garden centre a few months back and saw one with purple flowers just like the the picture below. It's not the same as yours happymarion (well I dont think it is) but I was blown away by how unusual it looked.



How long do Lupins live?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 18:42

Dreamsofspring lovely garden (and lupins)! And my what amazing views you have!

How long do Lupins live?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 18:41

You don't need to divide, report or split if you don't want to . They tend to come back each year a little stronger until they reach their peak then they start a visable decline over the years until they just "give up".

If you want to move them though I would go ahead espically if they have only been planted this year. Dig deep to get the tap roots though.


Another bee question

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:27
Welshonion wrote (see)

Huntertony, not sure what you mean by 'quite heavily protected'.  Bees of all types have no legal protection at all.  And if you read this forum for any length of time you will realise that some of the posters resort to chemicals as soon as their plants are threatened.

Admittedly there are less posters advocating the worst of the chemicals and sprays lately, but I'm sure many have still got the chemicals stashed away somewhere.

There was a piece in the newspaper quite recently stating that the chemicals remain in the soil for a long time, so the valuable beasties are not safe yet.


Is that true? Were they ever protected at one time? At school (many moons ago) we were told never to kill bee's because they were protected and that has always stuck!

How long do Lupins live?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:21

Verdun you should! The colours of these "new" ones is really vivid, they tend to have strong contrasts and are supposed to be more robust and hardy. I don't know about that, but the seeds germinate really well *finds a link* - Here

(The ones in my picture are the good old fashioned Russell variety though)

Plants for a hot, sunny conservatory

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:18

Inspiration 101!


In our conservatory we have A few Bird of Paradise plants and a largish Aloe Vera


How long do Lupins live?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 16:18

I love lupins too! So colourful and amazing to look at!


Alas though they truly are short lived It could be my soil. In fact I know it is as the picture above is generally the best I ever get! Then a few years later and they don't come back any more. I never learn though planted some "Woodfield Hybrids" this year.

Easy Tips

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 16:06

House Plants are amazing I agree. I love getting out in the garden and planting but come the colder months everything is much slower or doesnt grow at all. So it's all indoors! They can be colourful and rewarding. At the moment I would say either  Strelitzia or Moth orchids  are the best examples of that for me


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 15:59

I always assumed aspidistra was a house plant only! But after having a read of that, I would guess if you kept it shaded from sun, and make sure you bring it indoors when it gets cooler... it should be OK. 

I don't think you should plant it directly in the soil, so assume you bury the container it's in, in the ground - 



Feed during the growing season about once a month with a weak solution.


Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 15:44

It does seem odd! In early Spring I prune our roses, and in the hollow dead wood I often see ladybirds hiding away. This year there was none, and I havent see a single ladybird. Started to notice the tidal waves of aiphids over everything now, so perhaps it will encourge them "home".

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