philippa smith2

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Startlingly beautiful

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 17:43

What a beauty

unknown rather pretty invader

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:53

Tortoises, unlike small children, usually avoid things which are toxic to them.  Mine have eaten Foxgloves and Daffodil leaves with no ill effects. (Torts that is ).

unknown rather pretty invader

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:48

Sounds a pretty useful plant actually.

Think I may give Nadia's "mess of greens" a miss tho 

unknown rather pretty invader

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 14:27

I'm wondering that too Nutcutlet ?  I'm certainly not about to get rid of mine ( yours).

Advice needed on how to care for these plants for the winter

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:27

You can cut down the Agapanthus stems unless you want to save them for seed.  Leave the foliage alone tho. that will die down naturally and you can remove it when it goes brown and dead.

The Petunias won't overwinter - once they have finished flowering, that really is it.  

Strawberry plants first timer

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:10

Fairy's advice says it all really - you can dicker about with them depending on the variety ( early, mid, perpetual ) but Strawberries are basically just Strawberries - hardy plants.  The norm is to let them fruit for a couple of years and then replenish by runners. I usually do them in wall troughs  - suits me being limited for ground space as they can take over when planted directly in the ground

Banana plant not thriving?

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 18:02

The Bananas will mostly be on their way down now.  Basjoo is the hardiest for the UK so there is no reason to suppose that yours will not come back happily next year.

You don't say where yours is sited, whether in the ground or in a pot or whereabouts in the UK you are. 

Perhaps a little bit more info may elicit some  useful advice ?

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 16:33

Coastal Somerset hoeglory.  This vine is in my G/H which has no heating - just frost protection over the winter.


Posted: 12/09/2016 at 16:27

Maize is grown for cattle fodder - I know about this because there are fields and fields hereabouts growing what appears to be rather good Corn cobs. When I first moved here, I thought - great - there should be loads of local sweet corn "on the cob" for sale locally.  In fact, it all goes to the local "Maize factory" to be dried and distributed to 4 footed beasts rather than us bi peds

It IS edible but not particularly succulent..I guess cows aren't too fussed. In fact, when I think about it, this area really does grow mostly for animal food rather than for humans. Could be why the likes of McDonalds open 24 hours a day in our nearest town and the proliferation of Burger Vans in every available layby

Sorry Ladybird - got carried away there - nothing to do with your thread other than I can picture you in a Maize Maze and wondering about the "Do not Pick" signs 

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:37

Not bad actually.  A tad sharp so maybe I'll leave the others ( 1 down -  14 to go ) to colour up just a little more.

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Native or Non Native ?

What actually constitutes a "native species" in the UK ? 
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The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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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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Last Post: 15/08/2016 at 18:10

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Last Post: 14/09/2016 at 18:06

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Last Post: 29/05/2016 at 18:55

Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Last Post: 12/05/2016 at 18:40

Best present this year !!

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Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Last Post: 19/04/2016 at 15:35

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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