lilysilly


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Alstroemeria No flowers

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 16:18

Four years is a long time without flowers. What variety of alstromeria is it? Do you still have the name label? 


I've got three pots of alstromeria on my patio. Indian Summer, which l divided this spring into two good sized clumps and Polka. Both are currently flowering beautifully. Have you changed the compost at all, or fed your alstromeria plant each year? In my limited experience of them they are hungry plants and like a good feed, added organic matter and benefit from a long drink a few times a week in summer. Mine are on pot feet for extra drainage and l did add grit when l repotted them in early spring. Are they getting enough sunshine too? My sister in law bought one at the same time as me. Hers l noticed is weak and spindly and hasn't any flower buds forming. She has hers in quite a shady area.


I hope this helps, if not l expect someone else will come along with the answer for you. You are also very patient waiting four years for a flower. Mine would have been composted by now.😀

Honeysuckle serotina

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 11:01

I had to chop my Serotina back hard a few weeks ago. It is growing against our shed and was so vigorous and heavy it's wire supports needed replacing. I tried at first untangling it but soon gave up and chopped it back. I fed it, watered it really well and gave it the last of my leaf mould as a deep mulch. It's growing back with vigour. I've put up proper big eyelets and new wire and see it as an opportunity to train it better this time. I'm sure it will flower next year. 


I would therefore say chop yours back too, if it's showing signs of distress at your neighbours treatment of it you have nothing to lose. You could then train your honeysuckle away from theirs so it won't get tangled with their variety.

what is this flowering shrub?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 10:31

Looks very much like my phyladelphus Silver Showers. I think my phyladelphus blossoms smell of strawberries. Lovely scented shrub and stays quite compact.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 20:04

Loved hockey, netball and volleyball. Hated tennis and athletes. I nearly knocked out a very chunky student PE teacher once with a mis- aimed discus. Hated shared showering. If you couldn't get out of it by saying it was your time of the month the trick was to hide your bra straps under your towel, cover your knickers too and just wet your legs and splash a bit of water on your shoulders.


Did you have to sit up on the stage, with your bare feet hanging over the edge to have them checked for fungus or veruccas before the start of the swimming season. Oh the shame if the teacher lingered too long, or shook their head and added your name to their clipboard. Thankfully l always passed, hated swimming at school, the foot bath thing you had to step through was disgusting. 

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 19:50

Aww, cute piggy MU. 


I do remember blue rinses, and pink and lilac too. My old neighbour as a child had a very impressive blue rinse, nearly as bouffant as Marge Simpson. She'd also draw on her eyebrows half an inch higher than her own giving herself 2 pairs of brows. She was always beautifully dressed with a wafting perfume behind her. Folks joked that she was Barbara Cartlands long lost sister. I liked her a lot, she would listen to me reciting the times tables or my school Peter and Jane books. 

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 19:36

Oops...the manager would hang around and join in. Wouldn't be allowed now. We were close friends until she died 4 years ago, she literally died laughing, massive heart attack. She lived life to the full though.

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 19:33

Good evening ladies. Age is just a number. One of my best friends was 30 plus years older than me, when we met l was 16 and at college. I got a part time job on the checkouts of a supermarket, Thursday and Friday nights and all day Saturday. Paulie was on the till next to me. We had such fun, the customers were regulars who all had their favourite girl, the chat and laughter was riotous at times, even 

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 08:02

Yeah l did, great photo. You're still the brainiac baby, 69er here. Have a good day folks, gotta get the bus for work.😀

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 07:34

Morning all, l think we are about the same age Kitty, we share the same hair type too.

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 19:51

I remember Una Stubbs as Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummage and Give Us a Clue.

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