philippa smith2

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simple Questions

Posted: Yesterday at 16:38

If that is the case, I do apologise and take back my post above.  It is very difficult to know these days when someone is taking the P**s on a forum.

It did appear in this particular case that Ashley was offered plenty of sensible advice but appeared not to have taken it on board.

That's it for me - if Ashley is genuine, then I wish him/her the best of luck in the GC

simple Questions

Posted: Yesterday at 16:28

Well, it's a bit like someone pretending to be something they are not.  Ring any bells ? or should that be Ring any bellis ?

simple Questions

Posted: Yesterday at 16:02

Beginning to look rather like a sheep in WOLF'S clothing.  Specifically ignoring any responses but coming up with ever more ridiculous questions

Gorgeous Fuchsia problem

Posted: Yesterday at 15:45

You will know if it is hardy or not if you leave it and see whether it starts to leaf again next year.  

It also depends on your location of course - many plants which are not "hardy" will survive a mild winter in parts of the UK.  

Leave it and see I would suggest.  At least you have some cuttings 


Posted: 19/09/2017 at 18:29

Lantana - thanks - at least now  I know I haven't completely lost the plot

Ooh er Liriodendron - my sister also lives in TodmorDEN - I've obviously been pronouncing it incorrectly for the last 25 years

Not only PP Fairy - I'd say Gaylick too - is that perhaps us Englishyfying ?  Now there's a word no one has heard of before

Garden Blogs

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 18:14

There are a couple of Allotment threads on the forum - may be worth you having a look ?

I've recently had to give up my allotment but I hope you continue to enjoy yours.


Posted: 19/09/2017 at 17:49

I knew Windam and Hazebro'  but  Stifkey and  Cley ???

At the risk of sounding ignorant isn't Cymru pronounced Cumree ?  I only think I know this from listening to Plyd ( ? ) Cumree politicians   I'm sure someone will correct me ?

Lantana - I always thought Alnwick was Annick ?  Is the W pronounced ?

All areas have weird pronunciations but I suspect the Welsh work much harder at the game than others

From Somerset, Chedzoy is apparently pronounced Chedzee - well of course, quite simple really If you are a real local, I think you forget the "D" as well.

simple Questions

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 17:20

I'd suggest your colleague would be better off working elsewhere.  The time of year anything flowers is probably pretty obvious as most garden centres ( as opposed to plant nurseries ) will have stuff on sale when in full flower.  The name, common or botanical, should ideally be written clearly on a label attached to the plant.

You need to know a little bit more than the above to be any use in your chosen profession..

As Lynn suggests, either have a rethink or check out the responses you received on your other threads and go on from there.

Do a bit of groundwork/research yourself and you will find that most of the posters here will be happy to offer you advice as and when you need it

Best way for passionflower to germinate?

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:24

If you sow the seed and jelly in a dampish compost, then the jelly will break down gradually and allow the seeds to germinate.  

By bottom heat, I simply mean placing in a propagator which has a heated base.  That is necessary for the likes of the UK but you may not need that. I can't see the advantage in soaking the seeds first.

I don't know about blogs but all I can say is that I used the above method 2 years ago and harvested a good few fruits 18 months later from 2 of the resulting vines.  I kept them in my GH and the seeds were from fruit I purchased in the supermarket ( i.e P. edulis ).

When I purchased a packet of mixed passiflora seeds some years ago, none germinated and I took the advice of someone who suggested fresh seed works best.

Hope you have some success.

Solitary Bees with mites

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 16:01

I realise yours are not Honey bees but I wondered whether you could seek advice from either local bee keepers or the national Beekeeping people.

You sound as if you know what's what in relation to your bees so perhaps you have already enquired.

Pity tho so I hope you find a solution.

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