philippa smith2

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Summer house discussion

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 17:55

Much depends on what you actually term a Summerhouse ?  Some people just "have" to have buildings in their garden without a thought as to whether they will use them or what for.  Waste of space and money unless you have some purpose in mind.

Do you have a greenhouse , a shed ?  A summerhouse can be useful for combined purposes  but obviously depends on design and siting.

What do you actually think you would use it for ?  I imagine that would be the first thing to ask yourself/your family ?  Only you can really decide whether it is worth the outlay or not

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 17:40

Aloe b. is a good plant to have handy around the house/garden.  For bites/stings/non serious burns, just break off a stem, open it out and rub on the affected part.

That is just a rough and ready remedy but it is quite effective IMO........commercial concoctions are available if required.

Ryan the gardener 15

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 17:35

Ryan...........if you are looking in, you need to PM me with your address for the Stapelia

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 17:24

Step ladders need stepladders.....or crampons perhaps ?  I shall now have a mental image of you clambering up the side of your shredder complete with oxygen supply, etc.

You would have thought tho that with more women than men doing real gardening, a female shredder would not be beyond a designer's bent ?

"More men than women.....".........not an official finding before anyone gets upset....just true in my experience

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/12/2015 at 16:50

Nutcutlet.....just to be awkward, my very dark Hellebore was out way before any of the paler ones  Dirty Pink person is v. late this must know I intend to move it to a less prominent spot.

Been a lovely sunny day here until a few hours ago when the wind returned along with the storm clouds.

Have been shredding the endless dropped twigs/small branches from my Twisted's a good 40 foot and 3 main trunks........must get it topped before too long.  I do love it ( as do the birds ) but trying to get the stuff thru my small shredder is a real pain  The big shredder is too much trouble to get out just for a couple of barrows of stuff.

Floods in the NW

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 16:47

Pauline......glad you are ok............the news from that area just didn't look too good

Fairy...........will PM you

Floods in the NW

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 16:22

Have just managed to contact my sister in Todmorden ( W Yorkshire ).....luckily only her cellar is flooded but wondered whether anyone had heard from Liriodendron ?  I know she is in that part of the world.

Festive Cats

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 16:53

I just did what you told me Bob..............I think I need to go and lie down.........I'm going to have nightmares I think

To my loyal subjects

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 16:30

Do you REALLY think I'm good enough Jo ?

I'm still giggling

Growing Narcissus

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 16:26

They are selling head lice Fairy ?  I know I was asking about PC diets but that is ridiculous.  Stuffed Lice ?  What exactly is small enough to stuff a lice with I wonder ? 


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A Puzzle to help you over the winter

The Ultimate Alphabet 
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Blatant advertising

Lack of above lately 
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Hazel hurdles/panels

Using these as a fence 
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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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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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