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Latest posts by KT53

Will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 12:58

If it has lost its flowers so quickly it's probably too warm and too dry where it is.  We would expect flowers on our orchids to last an absolute minimum of 2 months from the opening of the first bud to the closing of the last, and would be disappointed at that short a timescale.

How often did you water it and just as importantly, how did you water it?

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 08:46

If you look around our house you'd probably agree with "Just about every piece of exercise equipment ever made".  I've generally expended more calories putting the ****** things together than using them

Orchids - getting them to flower again

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 08:39

Ours seem to thrive on neglect.  After they've finished flowering we cut the flower stem back to a couple of nodes above the base and we stand them outside during the summer months.  We put them in large trays on gravel & filled with water, out of direct sunlight, and spray from a hose about once a week.  We've had strong new flower stems on nearly all of them.

wind proofing fences

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 21:01

If the panels are old it's possible they have shrunk over time as they dried out and are no longer a snug fit between the concrete posts.  That could certainly explain why they keep blowing out. 

Recommendation for extendable loppers

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:43

Even ratchet loppers can jam, and when they do it's a b***** of a job to get them free again.  To be fair, they don't jam very often.

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:49

"bag up for the bin men to take, they are supposed to take up to 5 bags per week garden waste."

Can I bring my green waste to you please?  We have to pay £36 per year for the privilege of having our garden waste taken away!

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 13:57

If you get on with the neighbours just let them know that you are going to cut it back to the boundary and ask if their gardener would be able to dispose of the prunings as you have no car.

The hedge between ourselves and our neighbour became unmanageable and was bald in the middle where its own weight, and winter snow, had pulled it apart.  We removed the entire thing and each regained over a metre of garden width.  Result!

Kindle e readers

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 22:49

If you want a device simply as an e-reader then the Paperwhite is hard to beat.  It can be read in any light, and no light at all!  Try reading on a conventional tablet in sunlight - no chance.

I think all Apple products are ridiculously over priced anyway.

Indoor Cyclamen

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 22:45

I would have thought the kitchen was the worst possible place to try to grow cyclamen.  They don't like it too warm and they don't like rapid temperature change either.

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 20:59

I couldn't find our Crimbo lights last year so bought some new ones.  The day after I'd strung up all the new lights I found the old ones  Any suggestions as to how I can use 2 sets of lights one with 300 and the other with 240 bulbs?

Discussions started by KT53

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 21:25

Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 12:40

I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 21:31

Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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Last Post: 12/03/2014 at 21:30

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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Last Post: 28/01/2014 at 19:59

dendrobium nobile care

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