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Latest posts by Lavande

Little lemon tree

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 17:27

Oh do you think i could re-pot it into a smaller size - or is it too late and too much disturbance to do it now?  It was given to me like that but I didn't really give it much thought and as you say - there is no new growth at all.  I think it may have been potted up and given to me on the same day.  I would hate to lose it....or have I lost it?

Is that what you were alluding to as well Steve?

Little lemon tree

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:29

I'm back now and so sorry for the delay in thanking you all for your replies.  In the end I left it in the conservatory - went away Wednesday evening and came back yesterday and it looked fine but leaves looked a bit grainy. As the weather seems to have got warmer I put it out last night against the house wall.  This is how it looks at the moment - it's like little flecks all over the leaves.  Sorry to pick your brains yet again but does it look okay or a bit ailing?



Little lemon tree

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:28

I was really touched to be given this gorgeous little lemon tree seedling (sapling?) yesterday and am so delighted with it.  At the moment it is in the conservatory - but - I am going to be away for four days - should I put it outside or water it and leave it in the house?  Sorry it's such a vague question but I couldn't bear anything to happen to it because it was specially nurtured as a gift for me by a young student and I would love to report on its progress after the holidays. The forecast is likely to be between 9°am and 22°pm -slightly overcast with perhaps a little rain.



Posted: 16/05/2014 at 18:39

I know birds eat aphids and greenfly but do they eat black flies too?  I noticed two stalks of my philadelphus were covered in tiny black flies and I cut the tips off, sprayed them, wrapped them up and put them in the bin.  I'm just wondering, instead of trying to get rid of them like that - if i could put the stems on the bird table because the flies stayed on them even when I'd snipped them. 

lifting winter pansies for geraniums

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 17:31

...thank you Verdun, I've been busy and cut off (most) of the flower heads and potted them into new compost and they are now in the shade.  In keeping with the sentimental theme, I have ripped up pink flox which is stomping its way through the garden and periwinkle which is doing the same in the shaded area down the side.  Then, when I'm in the garden centres and I see these things being sold at nearly 8 euros a pot, I feel as if I have literally thrown money in the bin but I can't really offer it to neighbours because we all have similar sized gardens and it would soon be marching through theirs and then making its way back to mine again.


to me it is a mistery

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 17:22

Could it be cosmos?  I know it's a bit early ....

lifting winter pansies for geraniums

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:13

Thanks Fairygirl - I can imagine they would look wow with black - which I didn't know existed.  As soon as the local garden centre is open I'll be on my way for some more lovely compost. (blinkers on though because I do not have another square inch of garden, should I succumb to any more plants).  It's 9am here now but I don't think it opens til 10am. My keyboard mouse keeps freezing and it's so frustrating because I can't roll it up far enough to close the computer down or flick between tabs so between waiting on shops to open and being a slave to my computer, I'm feeling frazzled. I can't even get a new tab open to google the problem!! Rant over.  It's too nice outside to feel annoyed.  

Taking cuttings (clematis & wisteria)

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 07:27

What an exquisite clematis - I have tried and failed to take a cutting of mine in case I move away.  I can get my cuttings to survive so far then I lose them so I'll also be following Obelixx's link.  Good luck

lifting winter pansies for geraniums

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 07:21

Oh Dove are they not even pansies - Is that because they don't have the little face?

Thank you so much, I will cut them back and repot them in new compost - they have flowered so profusely for months that they deserve to be pampered. I feel a bit fickle. I just like a lighter colour at the windows in summer and then the oranges and reds being rich and warm are perfect for the colder months.

Mystery plants

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 16:21

Oh sorry Fleurisa, my post crossed with yours - and trust me to get it the wrong way round - but I am trying (very apparently)

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