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Latest posts by philippa smith2

Is bistort meant to go brown?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:48

I've also found that they do better given a bit of shade ( for me anyway )

Moving Bamboo

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:45

I'd agree with Blairs...........that is Miscanthus tho what variety I don't know.  Miscanthus zebrinus is one I've grown previously.  Well behaved - slow to spread - and attractive striping. 

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 16:06

I believe this is a grass which I grew in a previous garden ( 15 plus years ago ) but cannot recall the name.  It looks and sounds similar but I had thought mine evergreen.

The description given states "may be evergreen in warm climate " but treat as deciduous.

If it is the one I'm thinking of, I grew it alongside Imperata "Red Baron" as the colour combination was wonderful.  I liked it particularly because it was beefier and a better blue than Festuca glauca.

2 questions...........Is anyone growing this particular grass ?  Is there another similar but better one ?


Heating/Insulating Greenhouse

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 17:31

If you only intend to grow Annuals from seed, it is probably more economical to delay sowing until the weather warms up.  If raised in heat too early, you run the risk of your plants suffering from low light levels.  Most annuals sown in March - May will soon catch up with earlier sowings.  Running a heater to keep the g/h frost free is a different matter

Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 15:14

You would need to differentiate between a Nursery and a Garden Centre.

I would expect a good nursery to raise the majority of the plants on sale and be knowledgeable and willing to offer advice, etc.  Compost and pots and maybe even tools but not facilities such as cafes, and definitely not items which have little to do with actual gardening.

A good Garden Centre can be hard to find these days IMO.  Too many concentrate on other things to the detriment of a good plant stock. It is increasingly noticeable that plants are being squeezed out to allow for huge displays of general tat.  If you are lucky, you may find the odd member of staff who knows one end of a plant from the other.  There are still some good Garden Centres but they are becoming a rarity.  Apologies to the good ones

The One Show - Quirky Gardens

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 15:01

Now there's a thought Bob


Posted: 09/01/2015 at 14:57

I had wondered why Fishy had suddenly swum off .  Glad he is ok  

Vine weevils

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 19:13

I am not aware that the use of Provado entails submerging pots in the liquid.  A thorough watering of those plants at risk is sufficient IMO.  Avoid using this when plants are flowering ( or will flower within the time limit ) which at least ensures as  much as possible that you are not affecting pollinating insects.

Nothing will totally rid you of Vine Weevil for all time......control rather than extermination is the best you can do. Lifting and thoroughly cleaning those plants you suspect may be infected is a control method.  Whoever said gardening was easy ? 


Room 101

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:44

BLizzie........yes, I think that is what Charlie was referring to.  I've just heard from my old neighbours in France today......all safe thank God.

I suppose that's another thing for 101........fanatics of any persuasion.

The One Show - Quirky Gardens

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:39

If The One Show is anything to go by, I do wonder what you mean by "quirky and unusual" gardens ?

I don't think it is a Gardener you should be looking for........just a "celebrity" with grand ideas and more money than sense......... and of course, a mind numbing autobiography, new TV show or WHY to promote.......much more in keeping with the style of the programme I think.

Sorry "Guys" of luck


Discussions started by philippa smith2

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Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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