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Rhodanthemum 'African Eyes'

Posted: Yesterday at 23:04

Mine has been flowering in its pot all winter.I bought it cheap at the end of the season so was a bit neglected and leggy.It is now cut back and in the ground so shall see how it fares!


Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:55

Latin names are very important as they can tell you so much about the plant.

Some people think you are being pretentious when using them but it is really no different to a football nut who knows all the teams,players,matches etc.or any expert who knows the various terms and words used for their own particular interest.

When I am sometimes told to use the 'common' name I have to explain that the reason you have it is to distinguish between plants.

Some of us have a nickname but we all have christian names and a surname which helps us know who everyone is!

Rhodanthemum 'African Eyes'

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:43

Thanks.I am going to plant in the garden,just wanted to know how far I could cut it!

Bird feeder video

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:42

Lovely.I only get the goldies on my feeder so envious of the woodpecker and nuthatch!

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:19

It's the humble Rich Tea for me!

Rhodanthemum 'African Eyes'

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:10

I have a Rhodanthemum 'African Eyes' bought last year and still in its pot and not quite sure how to prune/cut it back.

Can it be cut back hard into the woody part or just the tips.It is quite leggy and would like it to 'bush' up a bit.



Butyl liner and pre-formed pond question.

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 16:37

I'm beginning to think it all might be too much for me this year! 

So will just try and hide edges with plants and think about it next year!! 

Butyl liner and pre-formed pond question.

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 15:24

I 'disturb' the pond every year in the spring when I clean it out. Been doing the same thing for over 25 years and the fish and wildlife still seem to thrive! 

Privacy for new build garden

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 15:08

I have a similar garden on an estate with a 6ft fence and I have to say that I would not bother trying to make it private as I doubt anyone could see anything!

When I look out of an upstairs window from my house I can see my garden well but I must say I would have great difficulty in seeing anything over the fence.My neighbour has regular barbecues and though I can hear voices and smell the food I never see anyone!

As an experiment stand in your garden and see what you can of your neighbours gardens,you may actually be more private than you think.If you can't see them they probably can't see you!

Osteospermum 2

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 14:58

That's good news.I have just found an osteospermum (non hardy) that has been in a pot all winter and standing in a saucer of water and it is shooting out at the base! Can't remember what colour it is though,maybe orange?

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Discussions started by madpenguin

Rhodanthemum 'African Eyes'

Cutting back? 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 23:04

Butyl liner and pre-formed pond question.

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Last Post: 09/03/2015 at 16:37

The hedgehogs return.

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Lawn sand or dressing

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Jasminum humile 'revolutum'

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Last Post: 17/02/2015 at 17:52

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' pruning

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Last Post: 21/01/2015 at 14:58

Plant ID please.

Succulent plant. 
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Last Post: 09/02/2015 at 13:43

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

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What is this Sedum?

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Last Post: 03/09/2014 at 23:27

Plant ID please.

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Last Post: 18/08/2014 at 10:01

Osteospermum not thriving this year?

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Last Post: 16/01/2015 at 17:55

Repotting Cyclamen

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Last Post: 15/07/2014 at 13:33

What is this plant.

A succulent of some sort? 
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Last Post: 07/07/2014 at 15:11

Pots for named Sempervivum varieties.

Pots and trays. 
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