Latest posts by LorraineP

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"!

new member introduction

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 18:05

Hello and welcome to all the newbies.  Not much more than a newbie to this site myself, but have learned so much in a short space of time.  Really enjoy and appreciate the friendly, practial & knowledgable advice given and I'm sure you will too.  Happy gardening!

Egg idenification

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 17:47

Egg idenification

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 13:11

Thanks for the sand tip, otnorot/Bill, I'll be doing that too.  

Rooting powder

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 22:32

I recently potted some cuttings of cineraria silver dust, half using hormone rooting powder and half without, as an experiment to see if they differed.  All seem to have taken and are looking healthy.  Not conclusive proof, but will try this again for comparison.

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