philippa smith2

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Posted: 10/06/2016 at 16:42

Another person who is awake most of the night Hostafan if that is any comfort..........probably not but I can upload pics now so only showing off really

My flowers ..

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 16:35

Sorry aym............can't get it on a PM 

Cerinthe major

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 19:39

Cerinthes do like sunny aspect and dry soil ( but as Nutcutlett says they do need some water.

They do have a floppy nature - it should be easy to tell their natural shape from those lacking water

Forum has frozen on me........hope this is clear

Forum changes now live

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 18:51

Re the "My Posts" only offering you the 1st page......I've been using this forum for 3 years on a laptop and it has always been the same. Drops back to the Forum each time you you try to access beyond the 1st page. 

Vinegar as a weedkiller

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 18:41

Both salt and vinegar will burn off the top growth of weeds or any plant come to that.

What it won't do is work itself down into the after a while, your chosen weed will just pop up again.

If your weeds are of the perennial type, you need something more specific I think

Last edited: 09 June 2016 18:42:01

Cacti has yellowing at the soil line!

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 18:37

It looks like your cactus is an Opuntia of some description.  The yellowing is quite normal at or just below the soil line.

From your photo, the compost looks very wet and with a lot of fibre.  Not a good choice for cacti.

If it needs repotting, just go one size up and use a specific Cacti compost.  Top dress with a good layer of grit and don't over water

At this time of year, your cactus can go outside in a sunny position.....can remain outdoors until late summer/early Autumn ( depending on your location of course ).

Spinach Perpetual

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 17:36

The Perpetual Spinach would normally last 2 seasons IME

The warmer the winter, the less likely they will continue without throwing up flower spikes.  Keeping them cut back (i.e. eating a lot of spinach ) and well watered gives you a better chance.

When all is said and done, the Perpetual in the title can be misleading other than that once you have them, they will seed themselves happily 

blue strawberry

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 19:28

I don't think anyone has yet produced Blue strawberries......why would you want them anyway ?

Try eating one of them.......they look reasonable but not exactly like your average strawberry.

id help please

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 18:25

The first is a Foxglove......much loved by bees and other insects. It will seed itself around your garden.

Don't know what the last one is other than a Nasturtim at bottom left

Glass panel fencing and railway sleepers

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 18:21

Are you using opaque glass ?  Clear glass in a garden is not particularly bird friendly

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