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Latest posts by philippa smith2

Clear or green plastic cover greenhouses

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 19:13

The clear plastic is a good bet when you are raising seedlings..........rather than the green plastic, I would invest in a net cover as well............this enables you to grow on things a bit later in the season.  The green plastic will only really do you a favour if you are raising plants early and in full sun

Is this Elderflower?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 19:09

The flowers make elderberry cordial or champagne and the berries make a good wine.

The birds like them too

damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 18:49

Catsmother........Snap..........both visit my pond ........the first ( a blue ) a couple of weeks ago

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 18:46

You can cook them but you have to go thru a time consuming period of "cleaning" their insides first..........which means you have to make them a cage type house, etc. etc. Just like keeping a pet really.  My French neighbour explained fully how to do this but I admit, I lost the will to live long before they were ready for cooking ...........I let mine out into the woodland garden in the end and pretended I had eaten and enjoyed them 

Like Fishy says......the nicest sound is the Thrush at his anvil stone

Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 16:12

Lynn...........I don't have any better advice than that given above (other than installing a turnstile and at least making a few bob ) but I do feel for you.  People are just so thoughtless but I do hope you find some sort of resolution before long and are able to enjoy your front garden again.

For the first time ever, I don't have a front garden...........just window boxes and pots.  Even though I live on a reasonably quiet village street, there are still people who think it is fun to damage the plants, stub their cigs out in the containers and leave their beer cans in the window boxes.  Or maybe I am could be they are the "new generation" of garden designers who think they are improving my planting

Best of luck anyway


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:13


a few pic's of my fruit and veg plants

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 10:21

You obviously have it down to a fine art.............enjoy your produce

What is this??

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 20:54

Aquilegia Nora Barlow type...........much darker than mine........I really like that one

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 20:49

Rosie and Pongo

Pigeon/Dove Problems

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 20:44

BB2...........I think most of us feel exactly the same...........trouble is, not everyone does.............and they are the ones who cause the problems.

If the above posts sounded a bit laid back, it was simply because the deed had already been done..........not much anyone could do about it.  The OP was looking for a solution............hopefully she will find one before the "gung ho" lot advise shooting the birds.

I used to keep Fantails when I lived in France but I made damn sure I found good homes for them all before moving back here to England. 

The whole concept of responsibility towards "pets" has changed........and not for the better.


Discussions started by philippa smith2


Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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How things change 
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