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Natures anti inflammatory medicines

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 09:09

Think you have your sources mixed up, Lily.  Aspirin is acetyl salicylic acid, originally from willow bark; as you rightly say, digitalis is from foxglove.  Both effective medications when used properly, but not the same thing.

Natures anti inflammatory medicines

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 14:27

I believe members of the allium family (garlic, onions, etc.) are good for the blood rather than possessing anti-inflammatory properties.  Garlic is supposed to be good for treating colds...of course it would be - people don't want to get too close to a regular garlic-gnasher!!

Overwintering Tibouchina

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 16:14

Can be very 'touchy' if you don't treat them right.  Temperature and water cannot be 'hit and miss'.  I suggest keeping it away from your conservatory windows, ensure it remains damp - but don't keep its feet in water.  Unless you can find a VERY sheltered, frost-free spot outside, you won't succeed.  I had no success but a friend kept hers for about 4 years.  Also, they need ericaceous compound and use azalea fertilizer for it.

North/South/East/West facing decking

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 16:07

If you place it mainly south, you will need good brollies/awnings (no matter how much people complain, it does get hot on sunny days in England...).  And when do you want to use it?  It's not often you can use any deck if it's north-facing.  East-facing is fine if you want to have your breakfast out there.  I would suggest south to south-west, that way you get longer in the evening to enjoy a quiet glass of wine and in the cooler days of spring/autumn/winter, if there is good shelter, it's nice to have your morning coffee out there.  Use a wood that will withstand wet weather and use a proprietary stain (not oil-based; talk to your local B&Q).  I think you'd be better going with a good patio - decking can be expensive and time-consuming to maintain.  As someone who has lived in Canada and had a large deck on the back of the house, I can attest to that...

Nandina Domestica

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 16:00

Nandina likes neutral to acid soil, so check the pH of your soil - if it's too alkaline it may fail. Also, although it likes full sun, it needs shelter so just by moving it you may have solved your problem.  I also found that mine in my last garden was fairly slow growing so don't panic too much.

Raking leaves

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 15:44

We have a 'heritage hedge', from whence cometh all those leaves I so love to rake, so behind our fence is a wonderful cornucopia of nesting hidey-holes for our tiggywinkles.  We have a 'hedgehog path' coming under the front fence, across the lawns and under that back fence - we usually find their 'landmines'  daily somewhere along the route so have learned to tread carefully there!

Raking leaves

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 11:58

Is there anything more satisfying than raking leaves from lawns and paths? - and such good exercise!  I am currently feeling quite self-satisfied having spent almost an hour in such activity - although it's quite windy so the self-same exercise will have to take place again in the next day or two.  I notice that last year's leaf mould has broken down beautifully so I've moved it all over to one-third of the 'cage' that Himself made for me last year and will spread it as a mulch over one of my bigger borders.  Now I know how much it breaks down, I shall ensure I gather every leaf that falls this year and leave it to perform its magic for next winter

Water Butt Cleaning

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 11:53

I think this post has appeared before.  Usually during the summer (although not so much this year) there comes a time when mine (I have 3) are emptied so I take the opportunity then to disconnect them, get them on the lawn (preferably somewhere that needs a good water!) and then hose them out thoroughly.  No disinfectants, no other cleaning fluids, just a good strong burst of water.  Put them back up and wait for them to fill again...easy as pie!

Help identifying a possible shrub/tree

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 14:53

Definitely hibiscus.  I'd give it shelter from the north and east, as they don't generally survive below freezing.  Having said that, in the lee of a north wall, with sufficient underplanting to provide extra shelter, it should do well.  Alkaline to neutral well-drained soil.  Won't do too well in the east or north-east unless well sheltered.  Otherwise, in a large container and bring it in in the winter. 

Today's observations?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 14:47

Our 2 part albino blackbirds - one with one 'splodge' on his back (we thought he'd been unfortunate enough to sit under another very inconsiderate bird...) and one with2 'bars' of white.  We believe they may be progeny of our part albino (white head, neck, shoulders and black elsewhere) bird.  Despite what other articles say, they don't seem to get any 'aggro' from the other birds.  Also 2 pigeons "billing and cooing".  Normally, pigeons around here seem to have an aggressive sexual nature but these two just sit together, graze together and occasionally nuzzle one another - siblings maybe?  Sparrows, blue tits and great tits competing over the feeders...makes even this dull day worthwhile.

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So good for you! 
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Shape of the pot 
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Why plant daffs in October?

They do just as well if you wait until March! 
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Runner beans

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They're everywhere! 
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Fungus or disease? Deadly or a cosmetic problem? 
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Mystery tree

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Ants in the compost bin

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