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BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 15:49

Geoff Hamilton's son perhaps ?

Or Mr. Titchmarsh could get back to his roots.

Russel Sprout ?  Too green I think

polyanthes tuberosa

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 09:29

I too have grown this indoors where it flowered successfully.  So long ago that I can't remember how long I managed to keep it......probably 2 or 3 years. 

Worth the effort for me because I loved the powerful fragrance

Spontaneous Combustion

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 17:33

There have been several warnings about Linseed oil and spontaneous combustion going back a few years.

It's not something the average person thinks about so a good idea to highlight every so often

Yellowing leaves on my Stephanotis

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 17:33

Pansy   Know how you feel.  True many plants are sold as little house jobs and after their first forced flush do absolutely bugger all.

gardeners world

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 17:29

Not sure Gardener's World is the best answer to depression Caroline.....not these days anyway

If it was somewhat less patronising and faddy, it might be worth it.

gravel for seedlings

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 17:24

Gravel is often a good topping for seeds.  Depends which seeds you are sowing ?  If they require light to germinate, you may be better off using Perlite to top off with.

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 17:06

You can crystallize root ginger quite easily.  Coat in the highest Cocoa content choc you can buy............delicious, chewy and definitely warms you up.

You can always add other bits......nuts, raisins, etc. but need something to bind it...I find marzipan works well.  Dust with cocoa powder..........not only looks elegant but tastes good.  Not for dunking tho

Yellowing leaves on my Stephanotis

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 16:45

Stephanotis like a good root run.  I've had one flower successfully planted in a bed in a west facing conservatory.  I've since noticed a lot kept in small pots just enjoy leafing rather than flowering. 

Fleece or Bubbloewrap

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 16:10

If your g/h is insulated by bubble wrap, your Citrus can be draped with won't draw moisture as much as a sheet or blanket would.  Don't bubble wrap the plant...that is only necessary if the pot is outside and needs to be protected and in that case,you bubble wrap the pot, not the plant.

Remove the fleece every day and put back at night if temps are going to fall drastically.

Ventillation is essential and make sure you put your citrus outside for the greater part of the year.  They don't make happy House Plants.

coco de paimpol

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 13:52

You may not need canes CJWP but it looks as if you should get a chair

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Anyone growing these ? 
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Reduced price plants

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