philippa smith2

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What's wrong with my chilli?

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 15:41

I'm fairly sure that some varieties of Chilli have much darker leaves than others.  I can't really tell from your photo but if the whole leaf is dark rather than just obvious patches of discolouration, that could be the reason.

Check what variety you have and compare with photos of that type.

Temporary housing for conservatory plants

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 18:36

Cacti will be happy enough outside in a sunny spot until October/November provided they don't get too much Autumn rain.

The Stephanotis can go outside too for the summer provided you can pick a suitable spot but you will need to find all of them a temporary home at some point if your conservatory is not usable until December. If the Stephanotis proves too unmanageable, you could cut it back.....that way, you could ensure that you will still have it to go in your new conservatory

I should add that the above advice does depend on where you are located.  What works in one climate/area may not work in another.

Lilacs in need of your help

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 18:00

Bumping up for Musher's lilac problem

anyone know what this is?

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 17:54

You don't say what your original climber was ?  The Centranthus is certainly a very robust plant ( some may call it a thug  ) but I would imagine your climber is in there somewhere - just struggling to get it's head through the fresh growth of the Centranthus.  

Have a poke around and see if you can spread the C's out a bit to give your climber a breather.

The C's are wonderful for insect life - just make sure that you constantly dead head to stop them seeding everywhere


Posted: 11/05/2016 at 17:26

The worst culprits IME are the little ones which live in the soil.  No matter how often you go out and pick off the visible ones, the damage will still occur.  They are certainly very prevalent this year

Whether you opt for Pellets or not is a personal choice - only you can decide that.

Lilacs in need of your help

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 17:17

If you are able to post a photo that might help someone to either confirm what you think or offer another possibility.

A mature tree is a bit of a job to remove so best if you can positively ID the problem before taking such drastic steps

What memories do your plants bring back?

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 14:56

My 2 citrus trees I think.

The Lemon which I bought 26 years ago when I first moved to France.  It has gone through several house moves since then and still makes me think of my little house in the midst of Truffle country.

The Medica taken as a cutting from a mature tree at Dunster Castle.......brings back memories of 2 lovely years spent as a volunteer Garden Steward.

Best present this year !!

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:12

I'm not too keen on this new forum layout but my neighbour has just been revamping a neglected area of garden/slabbing and has just given me 2 his words, they will be happier in my garden than his

As well as spotting yet another Slow worm this pm, this has really made my day

Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 16:40

I think the ranters are suffering from "scroll disease"......I know I am.

As for a's too hot here to do heavy work ( and it's only May ).  Heaven help us when July arrives.

Or how about the constant warnings on food products ?  The manufacturer of tinned Herrings ( or could have been Sprats ) has been castigated for failing to state that their product contained Fish

Or Jacks Magic compost - a new one for me but not one I shall be buying again.  The only magic thing about it is how it instantly dries to dust.

The fact that my Solomon Seal has been chewed back to ground level.

Sorry, lost the will to search for the "Compost" thread to put the comments on there.

Hope that's scratched someone's itch

I need to get my orchid to rebloom

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 14:41

Sorry Joyce, only just seen the above.  As far as I can tell, I can both send and receive PM's altho that's not much of an advantage if no one can read them  

Maybe next week after the improvements on the "much improved" and "more responsive" format have been put in place or whatever the trendy term is 


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