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Latest posts by philippa smith2

What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 18:23

Might not be classed strictly as a weed but certainly a "nemesis"..........the ongoing "Garden Rehash/Makeover" many of these can be done ? 

A lot of our "problem" plants are certainly easier to get rid of.....eventually anyway.....a good dose of Glyphosate on the TV anyone ?

Shield bugs - do we like?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 18:13

Yes, we do like them .  They live.......just like you and I

Cats have killed all my frogs

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 18:10

Rachel......the short answer would be Yes but I'm sure you aren't about to do that.  I don't know that cats have a significant effect on Frogs.......more birds and small mammals.  Keeping your cat in at nights helps with the Frogs tho...........they usually come out of the water evenings/nights so if your cat is tucked up with you indoors, that will help.

Or are you being sarky ? 

Small grass space requiring attention.

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:59

That is rather a large spreading tree if originating 2 doors away ?  You can trim the tree overhanging your daughter's garden to give a little more light if you choose

Papaver somniferum

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 17:54

Although I don't grow the opium poppies on purpose, I usually end up with several.  As far as I can recall, the flowers have all been on the pink/purple side - often rather dingy looking to be honest.  Now at my allotment, I have 6 or more but all with beautiful red flowers.  There are none on other or otherwise.

I could spit actually because my Oriental poppies ( red ) failed to do in the garden this year and my allotment ones would have been welcome for their colour.

I intend to save some of the red seeds just to see if they will come true ( even just for next year ).

Anyone else had a similar nice surprise ?  In fact, does anyone else want some seeds to have a go themselves..........bearing in mind they may not turn out as hoped ?

I'll put them on the seed swap thread with the " could be a complete waste of time " proviso

Ids please (revisited!)

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 08:56

Bizzie..........I think yours is Pontederia cordata ( Pickerel weed).  I have several clumps and the flowers en masse are a delight

I believe the water hawthorn lays flat on the surface and has white flowers.  Usually flowers in Spring and then dies back before coming again .....sometimes Autumn.


Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:50

.Have you checked to see if your fig is potbound ?  Did you give it a feed and water it regularly ? Like any plant in a container, it will need far more attention than when planted in the ground. Figs are generally hardy in many parts of the UK so far better outside than in a g/h if that is possible


Posted: 23/06/2015 at 18:00

I only remove the leaves when they turn yellow towards the end of the season.....i.e. when they have finished doing their job.  12 to 18" of bare stem sounds a bit drastic to me.  I can see the point about air flow but avoiding growing too many plants in too restricted a place usually sorts that problem.

Everyone has their own method however so best to go with what works for you. 

Compost query

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 17:48

As Lyn says..........trial and error.  So much rubbish goes into the cheaper stuff, it is not worth it at the end of the day.  If Aldi worked for you before, try it again as the major medium and see how it does.  Better that than losing your plants

A hummingbird!

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 17:35

They seem late this year.  Usually my garden is "humming" with them ( sorry ! ) but so far only one...........paid a quick visit a week or so ago and hasn't been seen since

Discussions started by philippa smith2

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Anyone growing this ? 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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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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