philippa smith2

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Mango Seed

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 16:20

I have some really magnificent Dandelions Pansy - they are of Show standard as are my Lesser Celandines and Buttercups. I try not to brag about them on the Forum tho.

How come I never get a FIRST at the local Flower show ?  Perhaps I am being too parochial ?  I might just try Chelsea next year

I'd gladly send some of mine to that bloke in the Sahara but I suspect the P&P would bankrupt me 

Mango Seed

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 15:33

Considering the evident trouble you've gone to Abdul, they will be jolly ungrateful little Mangoes if they don't at least provide you with some attractive house plants.

Look forward to your next update

Invasive Ivy Roots

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 18:13

Think you need to be a bit careful with the weedkiller.  If the ivy actually belongs to your neighbour, they may not take too kindly to you killing it off.  You are entitled to chop off the roots and growth which come into your own garden but not to kill a plant ( however much of a nuisance ) which doesn't belong to you.  Awkward situation but perhaps a word with your neighbour - they may be happy for the ivy to go completely

Garden tools utility belt

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 16:48

My mother bought me one of those Gardener's belts years ago.  I can safely say I have never used it (in fact just come across the poor thing during marathon garage clear out ) and am never likely to.  Shame really but useless IMO

Freecycle sites

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:38

Thanks all.

My beef was being unable to log into a freecycle site successfully in order to be able to offer the items I have. It all sounded so simple........until I actually tried it

The whole idea was not to tip - I want to give the stuff away to someone who can use it/make use of it in some way.  Perfectly good machinery so not for landfill.

However, I have found a recycling centre some 20 miles away which gives/sells items brought in by members of the public ( my local one doesn't offer that facility) so I shall give that a whirl.

Seems strange when we are exhorted every hour of the day to Give, Give, Give - oh, hang on, that's probably just hard cash "they" want 

Grumpy I know

Freecycle sites

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:42

Thanks very much aym and Pansy.

I'll try again and see if I have some success this time

Houseplant identification

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:47

Don't know what your plant is but doesn't particularly look succulent like from the pic.

However, if you cut back all the long growth and use that as cutting material you should be left with a decent plant - re pot what you have left  ( the main plant )  as it is obviously outgrowing the original pot. A bit of judicious water and feed should see it romping away again.

Freecycle sites

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:36

Has anyone on the forum successfully managed to log on to one of these Freecycle sites ?

How do you do it without the use of a brick wall to bang your head against ?

I am finding it incredibly difficult to do it in my area - won't accept a user name, won't accept a password but happy to send me an email ( or 2 or 3 ) specifying what products they will not my defence, I am offering garden machinery, tools and household goods as opposed to Drugs, Tobacco, alcohol and firearms.

These sites drive me mad - why do they exist if they are incapable of following thru ?  

Rant over but any sensible tips would be welcome. I'd still like to GIVE good stuff away rather than dump it.

Cerinthe seedling plug plants

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 14:43

As they are plugs, best to leave them as they are.  If you think you will have too many once they have grown on a little, you can always pull the weakest looking seedling out.

They will seed themselves around your garden quite happily once established.  You can also harvest the seeds yourself - they germinate quite easily.

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 14:36

Logan - your Parsnips and their shelters made me look twice...........the curve struck me as being just right for a set of gleaming dentures A really nice big bright smile

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First sighting of 2016 
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