philippa smith2

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New geraniums

Posted: Yesterday at 19:09

A touch of cynicism there Pete ?


Posted: Yesterday at 19:05

Likes a sunny well drained site on the dry side.......usually happy enough to flower in these conditions.

Nettle fertiliser

Posted: Yesterday at 19:03

Like anything organic, it will only last and keep it's potency for a certain length of time.  Why not just use it now and then make some more ?  If you have a good supply of nettles, you can just keep cutting and making your feed until you run out of nettles.

Spanish slugs

Posted: Yesterday at 15:24

Are we really going to see tinned/canned Spanish Slugs in the shops now ?  In brine or jelly ?  Already salted ?

Mmmmm - feeling peckish already

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: Yesterday at 15:19

Margaret - there is an earlier thread on this forum re the poor customer service from T&M. You should be able to find it via the Search facility.

There appeared to be a CS operator who responded fairly positively to complaints and undertook to deal with them swiftly.  Can't recall his name - just that he was "on duty" at weekends.  Other than that, I believe some people found complaining via Facebook tended to get a quicker response to their complaints.

Hope this helps before you go into complete meltdown 

weed ident

Posted: Yesterday at 15:06

More loved by insects than gardeners I suspect. Try and catch it before it sets seed - at least that way, you will hopefully stop it spreading to "clean" areas.

House Plant - Sago Palm Yellowing

Posted: Yesterday at 09:24

UK climate is quite different from the US climate and the OP's photo shows a small specimen.

Mine lives outside in a pot but is brought into a cold G/H and fleeced during the winter and that particular one is over 30 years old. I wouldn't risk planting it in the ground here.

Please adivse re my Cistus cuttings

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 16:34

You need to pinch out the growing tip to obtain "bushy" plants.  If you have raised the cuttings indoors, you will want to harden them off before planting out in the garden.  Depending on your location, check the rootballs and pot on to a slightly larger pot if you think they require it.

There are various types of Cistus and the habit can vary. 

Last edited: 28 April 2017 16:35:37

Starting up a nursery

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 18:52

Good idea to investigate the old nursery cotty1000 - an even better idea is to find out why it is an ex nursery and whether you have the finance and expertise to make a go of it when the previous owners couldn't.  With luck, it could just be that they ran out of steam and you have the enthusiasm and finance to make a go of it.

Unless you have the space where you are, building up a selection of plants will just mean a lot of work unless you have somewhere to bring them on and sell them. Best to get your land sorted out first.

Best of luck

Bird ID

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 17:34

Polly - I freely admit that I am no lover of cats but if you found lots of feathers and no bird ( body ) that can denote a Sparrowhawk or similar.

Lots of Goldfinches here - they appreciate the Niger feeder and IME tend to go for that rather than argue with other birds over the sunflower hearts.

House sparrows suffered a huge decline in numbers a few years ago but now seem to be on the up. Cat depradation can be argued back and forth until Kingdom come - bit like hunting when that was an issue.Never the twain shall meet

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