philippa smith2

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House Plant Recommendation

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 19:24

The Aspidistra as Ladybird suggests would certainly be a contender.  The only other one I can think of offhand is the Peace Lilly ( Spathyifyllum sp ? ).


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 19:11


I was also amazed about the things the IOC get up to - well, maybe not amazed - they are obviously not athletes but know how to use their money and influence.

Still say that the numerous horses which pass down our street every day have picked up on their "hoof" placements since the Olympic dressage - they are always a treat regardless.

Alternative to railway sleepers

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 18:41

There are alternatives - interlocking boards made of recycled stuff - sorry but can't think of the name - look for Raised Beds and it should bring up some ideas.


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 18:35

I've never bought a Lottery Ticket.  I'm not moaning  or decrying athletes either - just saying that I feel that there are other things where money could be spent more usefully in today's world.  It's an opinion - sorry if it goes against the grain or offends. .

House Plant Recommendation

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 18:05

There are plenty available but I think you need to define "rugged" re your circumstances.  They will all require light and water - some more, some less. 

Water Gel Crystals

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 16:57

I also used these crystals - admittedly it was some 20 years ago .  The results were ....underwhelming...... to say the least.  I didn't note any evidence that the containers with crystals in did any better ( or needed less watering ) than those without.  I think the moral of the story is obvious but we are all susceptible to a product which supposedly saves us time, effort and water.

There wasn't much info on how to dispose of the mass of jelly at the end of the season either - it certainly didn't decompose.

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 16:21

Climbing French Bean - harvested seed - very prolific IME

Lettuce "Winter Gem"

Spinach Beet - perpetual spinach

Kale "Black Tuscany"

Brussels Sprouts "Bedford Darkmar"

Pea "Kelvedon Wonder"

Chicory/Radicchio "Rossa di Treviso"

Mustard "Red Frills"

French Bean "Champion"

Mixed Salad leaves - harvested seed.


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 08:54

Thanks for your help - I've managed to get it to work at last.


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 19:07

Try as I might, I cannot get this to work.  I seem to remember an explanation as to how to achieve this on the "new" forum.

I've used the "search" option but nothing  there which helps.

So far I've managed to "Ignore" myself ....reasonable but not helpful.

Can someone give me an idea ?

Many thanks


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 18:50

Have a look on something like the RSPB website to ensure you are doing all the right things. A food source close by ( preferably natural ) can be a clincher.

If they are new nest boxes this year, don't despair - the birds are as particular about their location as we are - they may just need time to check the property out and decide whether it fits their needs.  

Discussions started by philippa smith2


What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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The "Ignore member" option 
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Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Best present this year !!

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Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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Kniphofia Tawny King

Anyone growing this one ? 
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