philippa smith2

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Best soil for Bamboos in containers?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:45

Metal containers aren't really a good idea.  You can buy large plastic bins which will suffice for 2 or 3 years.  Soil based is best - JI 3 isn't that expensive - topped off with leaf mould and kept well watered. That should see them right - IME anyway. 


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:40

Gee Tee bulbs Fairy .......what did you buy ?  ( sorry that sounds a bit abrupt and rude doesn't it ?  ).  

I got Snowdrops ( in the green)  and Wood Anemone from them last year  - 50 or more of each - the quantity was good but disappointed with the quality .  Supposed flowering size but very disappointing results with both. A couple of Snowdrops and 1 Anemone flowered.

I'd marked them down as a bit iffy but I could have been unlucky ?


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:26

If you have clover in the lawn, it will flower much as it would elsewhere.  If it is a problem, you need to dig it out. If it is only a small lawn, then hand digging and disposal would be the way to go.  I believe there are weed killers which will eradicate it without killing the surrounding grass but not too sure.  Wait a while and someone with expertise will help you out on this I am sure

Twisted willow

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:01

Sudden crack in block wall after 20 years but complainant has issues with all trees - particularly those which shed leaves every year

Thanks in advance

Is this some sort of violet ?

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 15:21

Could be Viola laboradorica ?  Can't really tell the true colour of the leaves from the photo.  They aren't quite as rampant as the common violet IME but spread by exactly the same method - seeds and runners.

Iris before Anenome or vice versa?

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 19:01

Does rather depend on your garden, it's layout and your viewing point.  Large plants don't always have to be " at the back"

Spring is finally here!

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 18:55

Primrose and Ajuga reptans flowering now as are some Foxglove and the odd Muscari - look quite odd along with the Sedum spactabile 

At least the Cyclamen know what they are doing and flowering away happily.

Cobnuts are in season. How to use them?

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 18:12

I usually pick them and eat them

Failing that, broken up and sprinkled over your breakfast cereal, chopped in salads, a good addition to stuffing for a chicken, mixed with other nuts and plump raisins as a snack.  Their use is endless really if you like nuts.

Spray-painted plants

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 18:06

Ooh - I've got to stick up for the Ornamental Cabbage - or at least those that they used to sell years ago.  They were quite natural - as far as I know , getting their colour with the cold weather.  

Quite right about the rest of them tho - in particular the OP's pics.  The tie dyed plants, the explanation, ......what on earth is that about ?  You have a week of coloured leaves and then they revert to green - completely ruins your colour co-ordination with the wallpaper, rug or WHY.  It'd be funny if it wasn't so gross 

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 17:43

Sorry aym - I quoted imperial measurements. The "Constance Elliot" therefore provided decent shade in a G/H roughly 10 x 3 meters.  It was grown in the ground rather than a pot which does tend to make a difference.

I'd imagine an edulis would eventually give a similar cover - the only thing with that is pruning to get the fruit and thereby reducing your shade.  A bit of a suck it and see scenario - but then that's gardening isn't it ? 

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What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Passiflora edulis

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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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1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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