philippa smith2

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Can anyone identify this houseplant please?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:18

Phoilodendron and too dry an atmosphere

English language

Posted: Yesterday at 17:15

Am I the only one who says " a goose walked over my grave" ?  My OH swears it is "someone  walked over my grave".

I rarely Google anything but I have on this occasion and find both are used.

Reading something the other night by an American author, I noticed the phrase " a rabbit ran over my grave" and also a Possum is used in the same context.

I'm beginning to wish I'd never started this thread

Ring tones

Posted: Yesterday at 17:06

I'm with Pansy on this one mobile ( no butler either sad to say ) but either a Dawn Chorus or a Whale "song" would suit me

Plastic clearup

Posted: Yesterday at 15:51

China did apparently make use of some of our plastic rubbish in their own production processes but due to their pollution problems, they are now being far more picky as to what waste they will take from us (and presumably others ).

Good for them.........I've never known plastic waste to be so much in the news and have governments vying with each other to come up with "solutions" previous to China's announcement.  As usual, we seem to potter along fairly complacently until we are actually made to look reality in the face.

China pollutes just as most of us do but at least their recent action has galvanised the rest of us into taking responsibility for some of our waste.  Hopefully anyway.

Share your own blog!

Posted: Yesterday at 15:18

Growingwithmer.........."Sorry if it came out wrong "

Not to worry -  hope you choose to use this forum and that you enjoy it.

Share your own blog!

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 17:47

Should be easy enough to see what we do in the garden just by checking the forum perhaps ? Pick a subject which interests you and have a look.

"if you don't have a blog, why not ? "  Much the same as if you don't have anything else really - mostly comes down to choice don't you think ?

Whilst I am sure your blog is interesting/enlightening, why assume everyone wishes to do the same ? Wee bit patronising I think.

The Snail Lover's Society

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 17:28

only just caught up and not read properly but interesting as always pbff

English language

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 17:24

Iain - sawmill thing - Top Dog / Underdog is how i've always understood it.

pbff - the Italian phrases are certainly interesting - thanks for that.

Anyone know where " having a Whale of a time comes from " ?

English language

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 22:37

Hells Bells ( where did that come from apart from Andy Hamilton ) - you have all come up with such interesting stuff and I've enjoyed the responses.  Thanks to all who have participated.  I still can't pretend to go up against the "expert" but I've learned/ been reminded of a lot this evening.

Help with overwintering plants! URGENT.

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 22:08

I think you are missing the point here.  If "seasonal gardening" doesn't work for you then you either invest in a commercial type growing environment or you forget it.

It matters not that you are in the USA or any other area. i'd suggest the climatic conditions have altered for all of us - at least over the last 15 or 20 years.  You have to learn to go with what you have - none of us can do any more than that.

If, as you say, you aren't interested in things which grow in your area, you need to expend some time and effort in making a suitable environment for those things which you want to grow.  Nothing to do with buying plants on line or your inability to do so,

You mention orchids and Nepenthes.  Both can be grown here in the UK given suitable conditions - decide what you want, look up all the info for the conditions you need to supply and away you go.

Trying to grow anything which you are unable to sustain is not only a complete waste of money and time, it leads to frustration - not good for anyone 

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