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Latest posts by Marinelilium

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 12:41
Sorry James - I renamed you Colin for no good reason???

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 12:39
Try Cornel University vegetablemdonline web page Colin as it has pictures you can compare the blotches to.


What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 01:17
Heads up! The slugs and snails carry a bacteria that can cause meningitis. If you get slimed hands rub them with dry salt before washing them.

They also carry lungworms which are harmful to pets and if you live near sheep pasture and water courses some snail species carry liver flukes which can infect humans.

TOP TIP try leaving the dead snails in the middle of the patio it will draw the slugs and snails out,as they are decay cleaners and reabsorb each other, so in the night you can gather large numbers of them easily in one convenient pile.

Plants for wildlife

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 12:51
Swirls of butterflies don't appear down here until mid to late July. Our local authority has stopped micro-managing parks and verges and left grasses and wild flowers for four summers now and it has made a big difference.

The sound of beetles whirring and crickets fiddling usually comes any time now. Usual background noise to watching tennis but last night it was just mozzies!

Plants for wildlife

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 11:42
Could not be happier! After despairing that I never could get toads to help me garden I just found one! He or she was at home in a potted Aspidistra I had abandoned to its fate outside behind the conservatory (snails just adore it and it keeps them of the lilies).

I tried log piles, which certainly the snails, slugs and centipedes appreciated; I tried water features and marginals and no toads but who'd- a-thunk-it an ASPIDISTRA in a pot did the trick.

I could kiss that never know!

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Posted: 23/06/2012 at 14:18
I know it's bad 'forum form' to reply to your own post but this is a 3yr old thanks to Yorick.

I found a 2009 thread on plums that fruit generously and Yorick recommended a gage , Oulins Greengage. Will order an Oulins and a Mirabelle de Nancy both on Pixy rootstock.

Alas poor Yorick can't thank you in person but a recommendation when ordering trees is usually a better than bet than none. Thanx I've ' plum'ped for two gages.

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Posted: 18/06/2012 at 12:45
Please could anyone recommend a tasty, disease resistant and smallish to dwarf-ish rootstock greengage. I am hoping to set in on a sunny slope but on quite sandy soil. Any ideas from those who have had a good cropper, without too much 'faffing' about, would be really appreciated.

Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 20:58
Pheromones and hormones are linked, so your experience Jengil is quite usual in pregnancy. Higher hormone levels mean heightened reactions to strong smells and tastes. These leave a nerve memory ' marker' on the receptors which is why whiffs evoke such powerful and vivid memories.

Maybe part of our survival story - evolved to help us remember what to leave well alone and what was ok to use or eat again?

Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 17:08
The response to flower ( any smells really) depends on nerve receptors so some can detect the sweet almond smell in hawthorn from the amygdalin chemical which attracts bees and under that is another chemical called trimethylamine which attracts flies and other insects.

Lamium uses both chemicals too to increase the plant's potential insect visitors. Some people can smell both and some can only smell the amygdaloid. Trimethylamine is the smell of animal decay and infections so count yourself lucky if you can't smell it in blossoms!

Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:17
I run the risk of hyperventilating when the garden blooms, inhaling until I am dizzy, but the smell of Crataegus blossom always makes me gurn!

Discussions started by Marinelilium

Talkback: Growing autumn cyclamen

Cyclamen are such pleasant surprises. They mind their own business all summer and just when you've forgotten them ...up they come in Septem... 
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I run the risk of hyperventilating when the garden blooms, inhaling until I am dizzy, but the smell of Crataegus blossom always makes me gu... 
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Carnations remind me of the warm embrace of my grandmother who always clouded her body in talcum. Violets remind me of my mother and her pa... 
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Good Luck & Sweet dreams. (Your gigantic balls may leave me a little restless though!) 
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