philippa smith2

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Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 17:52

Thanks Pete for that link - interesting.

There doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule about which species we can truly term native or non native.

You're right Verdun - I don't suppose it really matters - it was simply wondering how long something is here before you pronounce it native as such.  What set me thinking about it was the number of times posters on the forum and elsewhere have mentioned about getting rid of various things as they are non native.

Going off Redwings interpretation, it could be said we don't have many truly native species.

Beautiful fossil Pansyface

Thanks all - food for thought.

Sunflower heads 🌻

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 16:21

You can hang the heads up to dry and either leave them for the birds in their natural state or you can hull them and use in your feeders.  The black seeds are usually preferred by the birds IME.

If you have the large striped seeds, again dry them thoroughly and you can either roast in the oven ( dusted with salt if that is your preference ) or just leave them plain. Fiddly to hull for eating but they taste good

Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 17:08

Something I have been puzzling over recently and wondered if anyone had any thoughts on this subject ?

Is there actually a time limit on when a plant species can be classed as a Native or non Native ?  Hundreds, thousands or millions of years ?

Is there any difference between species introduced by man or introduced by other , say more natural, means ?  Well, yes there is a difference obviously but at what point in time do you draw a line ?

We are all aware of Rhodos, Himalayan balsam, Japanese Knot weed ,Grey Squirrels, Mink and many others but is the classic English Oak or the Horse Chestnut deemed to be native and by what criteria ?.

In other words, would you say that anything introduced to the UK after 1500 is non native or would you draw the line at anything introduced after 1800 ?  Or pick any date before, in between or after.


Posted: 20/10/2016 at 15:55

Linda - you never eat "fresh" chutney or your eyes will certainly water  

Perhaps best to offer your remaining tomatoes to someone else

Wrapping Banana Plant for Winter

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 15:34

Basjoo is reputed to be the hardiest Banana for our climate. Dove is right - covering with plastic is more likely to reduce it to mush.  Providing the base and roots are well protected, new shoots will emerge for the next year.


Posted: 20/10/2016 at 15:30

I'd second Pansy's advice both with regard to the veg growing and the language.

The French tend to be keen veg growers and they are always willing to offer help and advice - particularly in a smallish community.

They do also understand that learning French is something that they can ( and will !! ) help you with.  Just so long as you make the effort to speak their language on a daily basis they will be only too happy to correct you and help you learn - they may have a bit of a laugh when you make a real mistake but will then attempt to explain why they found it funny.  

You may find a rambling club locally - that's a great way to get to know people and become part of the community.


Orchid house plants

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 10:20

What type of Orchids Bulkerb ?  I only keep Dendrobium and Cymbidium

Books, catalogues, magazines or digital?

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 18:59

For preference, hard copies for me.

I've been using a Kindle Ereader since 2008 - very handy for getting English language books when I lived abroad.  Fine for general stuff but anything containing maps, drawings etc. I find a pain as they rarely come up as visible in any detail.

Long live "proper" books

best beefsteak tomato

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 18:51

I've grown Black Krim for a couple of years - a good variety IMO

Some October blooms.

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 18:45

Thank you Angie

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