philippa smith2

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Could I grow something around the base of a trampoline?

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 14:41

If it's a bit on the shady side, how about some of the variegated ivies ?  I don't know how well they would cling to the netting - depends on how stiff it is I suppose.

Are you intending it to be  a permanent feature ? The trampoline I mean.

Clematis would cling but depends how shady is shady ?

A photo is a good idea - may bring forth a few more suggestions for you.

help identify this plant

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 14:27

I agree - the flowers are very distinctive. 

Seedling ID, please

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 14:25

It does look similar to Ipomea but I think Dove is right - even the seed leaves are lobed - on mine anyway.

The leaves on the photo actually look quite thick ( technical term  ) - the Ips tend to be thin leaved from the word go IME.

Moving established Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 19:20

They do grow in pots which is why they are also sold as House Plants but they will only usually "do" happily for a certain length of time if housebound.

However, if by "established" you mean anything above a couple of foot in height, I'd be careful about digging up - particularly at this time of year. I doubt they would be happy in a gravel situation TBH.

They are frequently available for sale - perhaps you would be better off leaving the plants for the next owner and starting again.

Bear in mind too that if you intend to remove something fairly obvious from your garden that your buyers have seen, you need to specify that you are removing them before you exchange contracts.


What plant other than Ivy to cover up unsightly lower-middle class concrete bird bath with vulgar inscription on it?

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 18:09 about " Why hast thou not binned me as I am truly awful" .

Other than that, move somewhere shady, apply a pot of watered yoghurt and hope nature will do the rest.

Unless you are only visited by "upper class" birds, I daresay it will be patronised ( or should that be used ? )

Black spots on nicandra leaf

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 16:16

You can always collect the seed and sow but IME, they will self seed happily.  You may also find that you will have one or two seedlings with variegated leaves - every bit as attractive

Weed identification please

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 16:07

Part of my garden being an old orchard, I've learned to my cost that Cherry and Plum are great travellers - they must rack up more air miles than a city banker

Question about chillis

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 16:03

Green chillies are, I think, mainly just unripened fruit but it does depend on the variety you are growing.  Greens can still be used if you think you may lose the fruit before it ripens.

From your pic, I'd say they will ripen to Orange or Yellow.  The reds tend to stay green and then gradually darken before they ripen to their full red.

update on Jeyes Fluid and cat probs

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 15:31

Gordon - an old thread which doesn't really need resurrection.  Jeyes fluid is poisonous to anyone/anything which imbibes it - intentionally or not - and I think the previous posts have made that quite clear.


Posted: 12/07/2017 at 17:43

Don't know this variety but there are so many these days.  30 years ago - that should narrow it down a bit I'd have thought.

Try asking the seed depository at Kew.  Or any org which mentions heritage veg/fruit seed.

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