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Kaka Beak - Named after New Zealand's native parrot

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 12:09

Do you mean Clianthus puniceus ?

If so, I grew from seed and if I remember correctly, they didn't flower the first season (maybe not even the was a long time ago ).

I grew mine against a south west facing wall and didn't need to prune it other than after flowering to tidy it up a bit. 

Discouraging Wasps

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 17:11

I've hardly seen any wasps here ( West Somerset ) this year.  The odd one or two coming for the fallen apples but that is about it.

How many people can identify Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 17:06

Rather like the surveyors who don't know what a supporting wall is : can't tell the difference between timber and concrete : incapable of spotting a damp patch and cannot follow a series of manhole covers to work out where a septic tank is situated.

I've been extremely lucky in never having had to deal with JK but know how it can seriously affect house sales/purchasers thru friends experiencing  the problem.

I would agree with the advice offered the very least, incompetent surveyors should be questioned and disallowed from commenting on something outside their expertise.

I hope you manage to resolve your situation Hootie

new tree

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 16:50

Buddyboy........nothing to do with is simply called "hedging your bets".

House plant unwell

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 17:28

You could easily cut him pot him and start again. 

Office plants are so often subject to a very dry atmosphere..........rather than watering the plant so often, misting or spraying the foliage is often a better idea.  Not always the easiest thing tho.......spraying colleagues and computers as well as the plant could be a bit "iffy".

I can't really tell from your photo whether the leaves are yellow as such or brown but the majority of the foliage looks dry to me.  It also looks as if it has reached it's maximum height for the light it is receiving.

Your husband sounds as if he is on the ball..........give him the task of rejuvenating it........plenty of material there to fill several other offices I think

Athyrium - Painted Fern

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 17:13

Stop it you two please.........I've only got a certain amount of space in that part of the garden.

Having said that tho, I'm thinking about slipping in a few Hostas with my them but haven't grown them for ages.  Once I have finally decided on which of the Athyriums to get, I think I need to pick Hostafan's brains as to which hostas would be a good bet in that situation.


Posted: 23/10/2015 at 18:46

Just a note re TPO's.  If you live in a "Conservation Area ", trees can also be protected even without a TPO as such.

It is just as difficult to obtain permission to get necessary work done on them.

Shedding leaves can hardly be an excuse to cut trees down.........just imagine if people complained about their neighbours shedding skin.........we could fill a skip over 12 months and it isn't as colourful either


Mystery houseplant

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 18:00

A very contorted Dracena of some sort maybe ?

IME they put up with all kinds of neglect, abuse, etc. and always manage to survive

Wonky..........your Outdoor Green Fingers should, in theory, work indoors as well.  Perhaps you need some new updated ones ?  It's almost C*******s so send a nice letter to You Know Who.

Athyrium - Painted Fern

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 17:47

Hostafan..........I know you have many talents but didn't realise second sight was one of them........I think you meant yours looks like Dove's and Kathy's as I haven't got mine yet

Anyway, as it is another confirmation of this fern being worthwhile, I'll let you off.......and say thanks

Another "Yes" vote so thanks Bonsai-Marc........I'm just extending my current fern bed so I'm still within my "shade" bounds. 

I'm still looking at  A. vidalii as well.......the description reads "Golden yellow with striking red stems".  The photo is stunning of course but do any of you know of this one ? 

Thanks've been really helpful

Athyrium - Painted Fern

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 11:48

Thanks very much Keen.....I'll definitely have a look at them

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Bumblefoot on Chaffinch

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Athyrium - Painted Fern

Anyone growing these ? 
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Reduced price plants

Bargains ? 
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Most favoured seeds ? 
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Sweet Peppers

Ripening off the plant. 
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Using Damson Sauce

Ideas/Recipes appreciated. 
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Papaver somniferum

Beautiful blood red flowers 
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Free tickets available

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

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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