London (change)
Today 5°C / 0°C
Tomorrow 4°C / -2°C

philippa smith2

Latest posts by philippa smith2

Great gardening weather

Posted: 25/12/2014 at 16:33

Nutcutlet.......sounds as if you have quite a bit of stuff to enjoy

I've got little really flowering ( due to my clearance programme over the last couple of years ).......Winter honeysuckle has some flowers, one or two Hellebores making the effort and an old Mahonia just opening.  Oh, my Daphne ( marginata ) a poor rescued specimen is just breaking it's buds I noticed today.  My Lemon tree (Quatre Saisons) has several flowers open but as I have now planted in the garden, I imagine they won't last too long if the weather turns.  The winter heathers look healthy and full of flower , some Heucheras still flowering as is the Cestrum parquii. 

My neighbour's Cornus mas leans over the boundary wall.....plenty of buds showing.

Just out of interest, did anyone else notice a bumper crop of cob nuts this year ?  I only have 2 trees but managed to harvest a few kilos.


Great gardening weather

Posted: 25/12/2014 at 14:29

Beautiful day today

Weeded , planted some bulbs, worked in G/H, picked some Spring Cabbage, watched the birds come in for their lunch and prepared some planting sites.  A really good day and grateful for it as the weather looks set to change tomorrow. 

Hope everyone is enjoying today whether indoors or out

Advent calendar prize draw...

Posted: 25/12/2014 at 14:07

Congratulations Topbird........what a nice surprise for you

Happy seasons greetings to all

Posted: 25/12/2014 at 14:01

Ivonne..........2 Rainbows   That must mean you will have a wonderful year to come

greenhouse in winter

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 16:44

If you've got the material Hostafan, it's worth a go.  I've done them in November/December before now   Nothing to lose and everything ( hopefully ) to gain.

greenhouse in winter

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 16:31

If they have already started to root in the pots, you might be better off just sinking the whole pot into a sheltered place in the garden for the winter

If you tip them out of the pots now to plant directly in the ground, you could risk damaging any fragile root system and set them back

What is this?

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 16:21

As Nutcutlet says.....P. caerulea.......the most often grown in gardens as it seems to be the hardiest.  The fruit is nearly always pithy and dry and inedible unless you are desperate.  You can make preserves with them but I've never tasted the result so can't comment on the flavour. 

P. edulis is the one grown for edible fruit.......a very attractive flower but best grown under cover in the UK.


Posted: 23/12/2014 at 17:24

Jocelyn..........I have Comfrey plants where my chickens can easily access them.  I've never had any problems so you should be ok.  I think the hairy leaves are enough to deter them altho if they have no greenery available whatsoever, I don't know whether they would be tempted out of sheer desperation. 

Waterproof Garden Shoes

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 16:35

Blanching tubes for Celery ?  Or for growing "exhibition" parsnips ?

Perhaps a Survey worth doing...

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 09:57

Big envelopes Dove.......that's the answer  Perhaps someone could PM you with the name of their supplier ?

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Replies: 5    Views: 126
Last Post: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
Replies: 18    Views: 617
Last Post: 13/01/2015 at 19:47

Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
Replies: 10    Views: 539
Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 19:15


Seed sowing. 
Replies: 10    Views: 450
Last Post: 20/12/2014 at 18:00

Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
Replies: 22    Views: 709
Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 22:49

Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
Replies: 4    Views: 280
Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 16:33

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
Replies: 10    Views: 425
Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 13:29

Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
Replies: 7    Views: 370
Last Post: 01/12/2014 at 18:33

Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
Replies: 46    Views: 1135
Last Post: 06/11/2014 at 09:37


Wasps......lack of this year ? 
Replies: 76    Views: 1607
Last Post: 25/11/2014 at 15:54


How to politely educate someone ? 
Replies: 21    Views: 698
Last Post: 05/10/2014 at 17:19


What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
Replies: 68    Views: 1969
Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
Replies: 38    Views: 1008
Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:54

Recommended varieties

Best performers 
Replies: 13    Views: 356
Last Post: 13/08/2014 at 09:28

Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
Replies: 2    Views: 215
Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 18:35
1 to 15 of 31 threads