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Tulip Spade Monty!!??

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 14:49

Welcome Brancliffe.

Tulip Spade Monty!!??

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 14:09

For you Verdun - courtesy of Shaneystar who had the recipe in a Norfolk Cookbook

Nelson Slices
1lb Stale bread
3oz Sultanas
3oz Raisins
4oz Brown sugar
Half a teaspoon nutmeg
grated rind of half a lemon
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
3oz butter melted
1 Egg beaten
1 Tablespoon dark rum
Soak the bread in water for an hour.Squeeze out the water and break up the bread and mush it up until creamy.Stir in the rest of the ingredients and beat it well together.
Turn into a buttered dish and bake for 30 -40 mins
Serve hot with with sugar dredged over or with ,cream, custard or ice cream...or cold as a cake.
Of course if you are making it for a lot of people you would have to alter the recipe accordingly. Plenty of rum is the secret!

Plant & Tree ID please

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 14:00

Ooops sorry. Just spotted that the second picture is a close up of the amelanchier - d'oh!

Plant & Tree ID please

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 13:58

The top tree is an amelanchier - as said by RG2 and the second picture shows a magnolia and I agree again with RG2 for the third and fourth pictures - a bottle brush plant.

Daffodils havent break through turf?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 15:02

Hi Jo46. One common cause of daffodils lack of flowering is that they are not planted deeply enough. They need to be planted at least two and a half times in depth the size of the bulb. Another common cause is that the leaves are not allowed to die down naturally in the Spring and are either just cut off or tied in knots. This doesn't allow the leaves to feed up the bulb for next years growth.

Daffodils havent break through turf?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 13:55

November is a little late to plant daffodils as they need some time to make a decent root stock. Optimum planting time is mid August until early October, but as nutcutlet has said, daffodils usually grow through anything.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 13:47

The top picture of the bulb looks like a camassia to me. I have these in my garden and they look very familiar. It should flower fairly soon. I am not sure about the second picture.

Guess the plant

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 16:57

Hi Winniej. Could they possibly be Limnanthes douglasii - the poached egg plant? This is another prolific self seeder. My neighbour has lots of these seedlings in his garden and they look very similar to yours.

URGENT orchid suddenly lost all leaves

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 14:12

Hi paperpheasant. I agree with all the comments written by other members. I have several moth orchids over 10 years old which flower well. Two things I would like to add are 1. Moth orchid roots like to be in the light so I would suggest not using a plant pot cover and 2. I always use rainwater on my orchids. I collect this in spare bottles from my water butt and then keep the bottles in the house so that the water is always at the ambient temperature of the house when I use it. I only 'soak and drain' my orchids once a month (if they're lucky!) during the winter and more in the summer months where I use either a proprietary orchid feed or tomato fertiliser once a month. Its much better to err on underwatering rather than overwatering. Occasionally I mist the orchids with a fine apray - again using rainwater. Moth orchids are very tough and thrive on neglect

A few id's please

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:43

Hi Lorna. To add to the names already given:

Number 9 is Zantedeschia aethiopica

Number 10 is Chrysanthemum coronarium

You have a lovely collection there but beware of the Himalayan balsam as it seeds itself everywhere! The Houttuynia can also be a bit of a thug but its bruised leaves smell of bitter oranges which some gardeners rather like.

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