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Today at 17:51
Whilst the most popular ( dare I say Trendy ? ) orchid these days seems to be Phalaenopsis - the supermarket favourite - there are others.
Both Cymbidium and Dendrobium will provide a beautiful show ( the latter scented to boot ), In 30 years, I haven't yet had to resort to mashing up banana skins to get them to flower
Yesterday at 18:26
Check out Haiths - they supply various seeds - either mixtures or separate types. Plenty of other suppliers too.
Goldies do like their own feeders for Nyger seed.
Yesterday at 18:20
Didn't Sweden have a re introduction scheme for wolves some years ago ? Sure I remember hearing/reading about it.
Yesterday at 18:09
GD - never heard of black dye for a pond ( didn't see the programme ) but what reason did AT give for using it ? If it was suggested just for the "look" of it, I wouldn't waste time or money and I'd be a bit surprised at AT for promoting it on that basis alone.
Does it contain something to kill blanket weed ? As you know, usual method is to remove it by hand ( or stick ! ). Barley bales or the barley liquid will help as will a good coverage of surface vegetation ( watercress does well - grows thru winter here in the SW - good salad pickings too ).
Your pond is relatively new I think so it needs a year or two to settle down perhaps ?
Personally, I'd be wary of adding anything other than plants
Yesterday at 15:13
Does best as a climber in my experience.
As one of the "old" roses, I'd agree that it does tend to suffer from black spot but in the right place, it repays you with a long flowering period and glorious scent. Mine has no trouble covering one side and top of a 9 foot high arch.
Yesterday at 14:39
I wouldn't call 89 acres a garden Firelilly - more of an "estate" for those of us in the crowded UK. I think you should change your forum name to "The Hon. Firelilly"
It all looks very nice and lucky you to have so much woodland - must be wonderful to just wander about in every day. Tailor made excuse for putting off the jobs you have on your " to do " list.
You must get through a lot of cats tho - do you give them a proper burial or just keep them on display ?
Good luck with the "pond" and your self sufficiency plans - a lot of work for 1 person but I'm sure you will achieve your goal
15 Feb 2018 18:52
Assuming you mean indoor taps for your kicthen as opposed to outdoor taps , I wouldn't have thought a Gardening Forum was the ideal place to ask. Your use of the word Faucet suggests you are not UK based and therefore another forum may be more helpful
However........decide if you want a mixer tap or individual cold/hot water tap and go from there. Also consider your budget.....fancy and expensive taps may look the biz but rarely perform as well as the old style jobs. The array of taps available will probably mean that you spend so long in looking and deciding, you may well die of thirst before you install it
Best of luck
14 Feb 2018 16:56
They certainly like my radicchio, ditto Parsley, Spring Onions and they aren't above having a go at my cabbage either
13 Feb 2018 17:36
Cuttings are usually easy - taken in Spring and inserted in light, gritty soil should see them well rooted in a month or 2.
13 Feb 2018 17:32
I'd say GD has summed it up perfectly - space and regular feeding as they are one of the greediest plants.
A long dry and sunny autumn would help too - may be expecting a bit much on that one tho
13 Feb 2018 17:23
I'd agree with Posy. It is possible over time and a barrier of some sort will help too.
As with any efforts to eradicate something you don't want, it often depends on whether you want a quick/instant fix ( not always quite as quick or instant as you think ) which almost always involves the use of chemicals or whether you are able or prepared to take a bit more time and effort .
As for the berry production, it only takes one bird to consume berries from another garden, and then crap in your garden and soon you have another bramble growing. You would need to be extremely vigilant to pull out every little plant before it gets a foothold.
All depends on you - whether or not you want to use weedkillers, how much time you have for maintenance and how you view your garden overall I suppose.
12 Feb 2018 17:26
mysickapetr.............I'm more than happy to stand corrected. Hope he/she enjoys your new flat and continues to flourish
Paul - sunny all day here for a change - don't suppose it will last tho
11 Feb 2018 19:18
Any cuttings you do are best done with basic growth in mind - forget the frilly bits to begin with
11 Feb 2018 19:03
Nor the "poof" Lizzie
11 Feb 2018 18:59
I think you may be batting on a sticky wicket - Bird of Paradise grow to large plants and need lots of light and sun/ If you think of where you normally see them thriving and flowering, it isn't an east facing windowsill in Brighton.
Not intending to be mean but I don't think you will have a great deal of success with this one. It can take quite a long time and some research to work out exactly what will thrive in the conditions you can offer. Maybe another plant would fit the bill for you ?
06 Feb 2018 19:08
I still have 5 troughs of salad stuff in my GH ( unheated) - rocket, mustard, various lettuce and spicy stuff.
I am still able to pick enough to make up a salad ( including my radichio outside ) every few days - admittedly as time goes on the salads gets smaller but I've been very pleased with myself considering the time of year.
06 Feb 2018 15:08
I think Freddies Dad is right - if the outer leaves pull away easily, they are just worn out.
Phormiums do tend to need regular dividing to be able to keep the colour/variegation and avoid a bare centre - some go for longer than others but to keep them vibrant, you do need to sort them out every 2 or 3 years.
06 Feb 2018 14:50
You may have to spend some of the cat £'s to buy a larger cash box ? And it's only February so the cats will be leaving their firesides before too long . That old thing about buy the largest GH you can afford ? Applies to cash boxes too I think
06 Feb 2018 14:40
How dreadful Mariagoodyear - you have my sympathy and that of most people on this forum I'm sure.
That sort of thing takes some getting over but I hope you will look in again and perhaps some of us may have spare plants/cuttings when you feel ready to start again. There is a Seed/Plant Swap thread here but it isn't always a case of "swapping". Just giving in many instances. I know it isn't quite the same, particularly when you have lost plants with an emotional attachment .
Very best wishes to you
05 Feb 2018 17:40
My first thought was Armeria too but you would still perhaps want something to trail over the sides.
I'd avoid the Agave tho - once established, they tend to simply run around the pot and throw up new shoots - fine if you want just that particular plant in there but otherwise ? IME, there is rarely a smallish Agave and as it is by your front door, you would need to be aware of the very sharp points.
Depending on the amount of exposure, one of the small leafed variegated ivies ? Trailing Campanula ?
Also depends whether you intend to leave your little tree in there or not ? Replacing with a dwarf variety of Phormium would look nice - that would do for a couple of years but will eventually outgrow the pot.
How much faffing about do you want to do ? Planting up for winter and then planting up for summer ?