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Latest posts by LorraineP

Plant id

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 18:44

Just googled 'soloman seal' and came across an image of 'false soloman seal' - looks similar


Posted: 09/05/2013 at 18:27

Impressive - lovely colours.

Plant id

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 18:21

Mmm . . . I thought that.  Leaves look right  - not seen flowers like that.  A less common variety possibly?  

propagation boasts and failures

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 18:18

A happy accident, Andy.  

propagation boasts and failures

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 22:19

Like you cotty, I'm addicted to taking cuttings.  Nature is just fantastic, throwing out new roots and shoots, with relentless determination to survive, resulting in plants for (more or less) for free.  I have cuttings of nemesia, lupins, dahlia, fuschia, euonymous, hebe and cineraria at the moment.  I get a fairly high rate of success with my cuttings but not nearly as successful with seeds, but I'll keep trying. 

Nesting Doves

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 13:18

Last year a pair of doves (maybe the same pair) made a nest in a fir tree next-door-but-one to my parents house.  The tree is situated next to the front door, in front of the porch window, and the nest was about 9' up the tree. Sadly a magpie got the egg.  So, if it is the same pair it makes me wonder if my garden/house will be their choice of nesting site next year.  My house is between the two previous nesting sites, ie next door to my parents. 

Nesting Doves

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:25

I took these photos a couple of days ago of a pair of collared doves who have built their nest at the end of the telegraph wire attached to my parents house.

 put this one on to show where the nest is - sorry its sideways on I'm not very techno savy.

Can anyone identify this tree?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:09

Gave me a good giggle - think we all knew what you meant to type  

My 'vote' is for apple too.


Viburnums, periwinkles, butchers broom, berberis in full shade

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 22:21

Thanks for enlightening me Dove,  have often wondered why camelias don't like morning sun.  It all makes sense now.  We live on a peninsula on north west coast and mostly by the time the camelia is in bud we don't usually get any significant frost.  So, that may explain why they flowers so beautifully where they are.  Although, I think I do recall my mum saying this year that the buds were blackened during that cold spell in march.

Viburnums, periwinkles, butchers broom, berberis in full shade

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 21:57

djjjuk, if you would really love a camelia then it may be worth a try.  My parents have a camelia which is in full sun and it flourishes.  An abundance of flowers every year.  My father-in-law also has one which gets the sun until about 2pm and that too seems very happy with its situation, again flowers abundantly.  Both are established shrubs.  Just remember I also had a camelia at a previous house which was in heavy clay soil and also got the morning sun and was also happy and healthy.  What is it 'they' say "rules are made to be broken"!

Discussions started by LorraineP

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MPC & Growbags

What's the difference? 
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Greenhouse Advice

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Unusual nesting site? 
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Difference between earthworm eggs and slug eggs 
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Is pressure treated wood bad for the garden? 
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Seed germination

Should I cover seeds with compost/vermiculite/perlite? 
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Advice on growing Raspberries

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