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Posted: Today at 08:52

Remember to leave one to set seed tho if you want more in your garden

Is my black bamboo flowering?

Posted: Today at 08:35

I think you will find that it is just a new stem pushing up.  Obviously your TLC worked

Wildlife Pond Advice...?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:24

Yes damsel/dragonfly will use other plants but Iris can still be a good addition provided there is also a varied range of plants in and around the pond.


Posted: Yesterday at 17:15

Lion dung as a deterrent is a myth.  It simply means a premium can be charged to those poor beggars who are plagued by cats in and around their gardens.

supermarket plants

Posted: Yesterday at 17:12

Not just the supermarkets Patrick..........the big chain DIY places are almost as bad.  Such a waste but they buy them in so cheaply, they don't worry about the stock loss.

If it makes you a miserable old git, join the club

Wildlife Pond Advice...?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:44

Quote.......  ." likewise iris which are also too vigorous, take over and provide poor habitat "

Flag iris are vigorous growers but can be kept in check easily enough.  They do add to a wildlife pond..........damselfly/dragonfly in particular make excellent use of them

How to rejuvenate a struggling azalea/rhododendron?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 13:47

In my experience, ericaceous compost tends to be almost dust like and dries out very quickly (particularly in a pot ).  Check that it hasn't dried out and/or that it is not root bound first.  Then follow the advice for growing these plants and see whether you feel it is worth it or not.

Creocote & climbing plants

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 13:40

Provided the treated fence is thoroughly dry there shouldn't be any problem.  If you are in any doubt, leave it for a week or so.

What are these?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 09:58

Not a good idea to destroy something without being sure what it is so a photo as Nutcutlet suggests is a good start

amaryllis papillo

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 09:31 yours what previously was sold under the name of Amaryllis Papillon ?  I purchased one bulb in 1995 and now have a good clump.  They flower rarely.......mine have probably only flowered half a dozen times but I admit to not taking a great deal of care over them sometimes

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Anyone growing this one ? 
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anyone grown this ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

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