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plant ID please

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:23

Brilliant, thank you Ladybird! It does indeed from a quick image search. And that is aka the "Honey Bush" and gets quite big, so I'll keep it in a container I think. Great - I'm off to read up on it now, well done! :)

ps. My last question should have read "maim it forever" of cousre.

plant ID please

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 20:56

I bought this on a charity stall last week and I love it but would also love to know what it is! The seller said you grow it for foliage only, and it isn't too demanding, and will grow ok with an olive tree (a small one that I have in a container) as it doesn't  need huge amounts of water. She couldn't remember the name though.

I'd like to know if I could maybe propagate from a leaf cutting - if I can grow it indoors in a small pot (windowsill sized) - and preferably what it's called. Also if there is any chance of getting it into flower ever.

Obviously I'll enjoy it anyway without knowing any of this, but still. :)

Oh, and should I snip off the yellowing leaf or will that main it forever?


buying online - recommendations?

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 12:17

I got lucky in the end, got to a town a bit further than my usual "visiting range" if you know what I mean, and someone pointed me at Wilko. 60 bulbs, five kinds of plant, for £5. They look in reasonable condition though I haven't had a chance to put them in as it's been windy n wet ever since.

My only other option was eBay, which if you're selective and reasonably cautious is ok - but some of the plants advertised as hardy were NOT hardy when I googled their care, so I hadn't been able to decide. The more specialist retailers online had all run out of their cheap "bargain bags".

Thanks everyone for your advice!

buying online - recommendations?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 20:58

"Sorry my suggestion wasn't for you Mandicore, but it might be useful for someone else reading "

- Oh yes, that's the point of forums! (Can't get the quote function functioning.)

@Golarne - I didn't know it was too late! I've never done the spring planting routine, always intended to go for hardy perennials everywhere, so I haven't got much idea which month is which. Oh no... I'm meaning bulbs that CAN be planted now, d'oh. I'm reading too quickly too!

I don't care, frankly, as long as they're mixed, colourful, easy-care once they're in, and not all daffodils (and not too many tall types as we get strong winds all year). If I'm lucky I'll find a mixed bag as I've seen in the past. I did get to a garden centre this week, though, and they only had the smaller bags of specific flowers, which work out £2-ish per bulb.

@ Welshonion: Peter Nyssen is the best match so far (for my needs)... I like the way they price per bulb, too. This could be the answer!

buying online - recommendations?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 20:52

Thanks Golarne, but... as far as I can see they only do plug plants again. From the name you'd think bulbs!

I'm really not trying to be awkward. 

buying online - recommendations?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 20:30

@ Fruitcake - good idea sometimes, but at the moment all the offers are plug plants. A plug takes a lot more planting than a bulb, and in quantity I wouldn't be able to get them in. I've wasted enough over the last few years to know better. Thanks though.

@ Rhod C, they do look good but yes, it's all daffodils by the look of it.

buying online - recommendations?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 19:13

I'm in need of a barrelful of bulbs! My beds are empty-looking and I'd like to fill them with something that will come up year after year reliably, and be colourful. I'm forced online (see below) and can't choose between the various retailers or find the kind of "starter pack" that I'm looking for.

Background: I have difficulty keeping up with any gardening at all because my health comes and goes. (Need an easy-care garden really, but in the meantime I need to get this one in shape.) Last week an old friend came to stay and tidied up my front garden: swept the dead bits from the paving, and pulled out the dead brown bits which had kept everything else hidden. With planting my problem is usually making the holes(!) but my idea now is to mulch, including bulbs in every handful.

I have as many daffs, narcissi, crocus etc as I can stand; and snowdrops and celandine invade anyway, which I'm happy about. But I want to fill all the bare places which had weeds, and will have weeds again. When the weeds are native wildflowers the same as in the verges, that's fine, but mostly it's grass that takes over and hides everything else.

My question is: I have to buy online because I can never choose in garden centres, when I do occasionally make it to one. I thought I'd pick up a big bag or three of mixed bulbs but I haven't seen that kind of thing, only packs of maybe 3 of one kind, for £5. I need 100 or 200 though.

My budget is approximately... £0! and other than that, obviously I want somewhere that packs the bulbs safely and tends to send things that will grow well. Anyone got any favourite places?

Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 17:17

Those signs are a GOOD idea.

And yes, I'll look at compost turners. This week I'm looking at the Green Deal which is enough shopping around for me for a few days! but now I know what I'm thinking of re the composting - thank you


Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 14:37

@Artjak, all I meant was reaching in from the top of the bin as Clarington suggests. I'm not sure why they make the top that bit narrower than the bottom, so the lid is effectivley smaller - like a sugar bowl rather than soup bowl. (Now that conjures up a *horrible* dinnertime.)

    I think the stepladder would be an individual thing Mandicore depending on how tall you are to reach easily into the bin / where your strength is (for instance I have no strength the moment I lift my arms so would be better on a step instead of leaning into the bin to twist my wiggle stick).

Yep, that's what I meant. but it wasn't be clear to the non-achy!


    I started off with one compost bin. I've now got four and a wormery! Hoping for some useful compost this year to spread on the vegetable patch.

I'm impressed! I did once get enthusiastic for a wormery after reading a booklet. But I'm a fickle serial obsesser, and once committed you can't just take a week off when the whim departs - ormore accurately when another whim arrives. So instead, i wrote a poem about reading the booklet in a café.

By the way, is it possible to get at the html (or bbcode or whatever)? I just made a tangle of blockquote!


Emptying a compost bin

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:13

Hi Artjak, thanks for replying!

I don't know about a star, it's easier than using the wheely bin for all the extra peelings and loo rolls which would double its contents! (and it's only emptied fortnightly.) Easier at the putting-in stage anyway.

Well, I do have the two plastic bins. At least from memory there's one round the back somewhere! I can manage most things by catching the moment, it's a very fluctuating thing - and oddly, despite general lower capacity (therefore lower activity), my basic muscle strength is still almost as good as ever - when it's there at all.that is.

So on the whole, the big challenge is setting things up in the first place, and once they're set up I'm fine. So the long-term project is to get everything arranged for easy-care gardening and then I'll be rolling. Such as raised beds, which will be a dream come true - one day!

I have some mesh which I bought by mistake for something else (on eBay) ... as you do It's pretty fine but I don't know what counts as heavy duty. I'll fish it out tomorrow, I hope, and if I can't decide I'll do my best to describe. There may be enough to use 2 or 3 layers.

A compost turning device I also hadn't thought of - the bin would require a step ladder for that job. Nothing stopping that except a bit of hedge-pruning. Do you mean one of those things that look like pitchforks, or something more mechanical? I may have to settle for the wiggle technique (in this thread, lol) for a while.

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