philippa smith2


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Help recognising unknown plant

Posted: 08/01/2018 at 18:00

Jasmine I think.  In the warmer climates, they still have the odd flowers at this time of year and yes, the scent is quite intoxicating.


Breathe deeply and be glad that you aren't "enjoying" the cold grey weather here

Palm -type plant losing foliage

Posted: 08/01/2018 at 17:22

As above, I think your "palm" is a Dracaena.  Whoever sold you that as an outdoor palm should be shot - or at least have their wrist smacked 


It is possible that the root ball is still viable and possibly the trunk too - the best thing is to bring it indoors, and feel the trunk - if it is soft at the top, cut it back.  Once in a warmer environment, it may well surprise you and start to produce new sprouts from the base. 


Dracaenas are actually one of the easiest indoor plants and will stand some neglect.  As Bob says, they will be ok outside in summer ( out of the full sun ) but they definitely don't like the cold, wet UK winter weather.

Puzzle tree

Posted: 08/01/2018 at 17:01

looking extremely healthy - well done you

Lillie pads

Posted: 08/01/2018 at 14:54

Thanks Lyn - it was all I could think of.  Too damn cold to go poking about in the pond to see if the jellies have developed any further.

Pond Life

Posted: 07/01/2018 at 18:11

I suppose the first question is why do you want to empty the pond ?


Depending on where you are and what uses/lives in your pond, the sludge will probably contain all sorts of beasties in one form or another.


There is never a really good time to empty an established pond but If you want rid of the pond completely, then now is a good time as any I would think.

New Allotment - Manuring and or covering with sheeting

Posted: 07/01/2018 at 17:55

Perennial weeds will find their way through your manure mulch without any problem.


Hindsight is always wonderful but you need to rid your plot of any perennial weeds before you mulch - it may take you a couple of years to do this but it will be worth it.  Hard work and digging out is the only way to go.  Mulching can weaken the growth to an extent but rarely solves the problem entirely.


Once you get to the stage when you only need to remove annual weeds, you can relax a little and enjoy your harvest

Lillie pads

Posted: 07/01/2018 at 16:20

Nothing to help the OP particularly but when I went to clear some of my rotting Lilly pads, I found small jellies ( for want of a better word ) on the underside.  They were approx the size of half my thumbnail with no marks/spots within them that I could see.That was probably about 3 weeks ago.


My pond is reasonably large and houses Frogs, Newts, Fish, Grass snake, Pond Snails plus the usual smaller jobs such as Beetles, Dragonfly larva etc.  All breed regularly.


I decided to leave the rest of the decomposing pads alone and most have now sunk anyway.  Fish, frog, Newt etc can obviously be disqualified but I'm wondering if it is my Pond Snails ?


Be glad if anyone can narrow it down for me.  

Feeding the birds

Posted: 05/01/2018 at 17:34

Great photos P Jo.


I only use Fat blocks these days rather than the fat balls.  Never had any accidents when I did use the netted balls years ago but did find a finch struggling in the netting I placed over a bed in a previous garden to keep neighbour's cats off.  That was years ago and I've avoided any kind of mesh/net anywhere in the garden ever since.


You only need to see/unravel a bird once to put you off for life I think.

The Snail Lover's Society

Posted: 05/01/2018 at 17:23

Papi Jo  

Storing carrots.

Posted: 05/01/2018 at 15:45

Carrots used to be stored in clamps - dry earth or sand I think but I guess you'd need a bit of floor space for that.


I imagine that too much light may result in " fresh" carrots producing the odd bit of greenery at the top but I don't suppose that really matters ? Dove will know more on that score.

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