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Latest posts by philippa smith2

Preposterous question....

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 17:07

Men are bigger than there is more room in men to accommodate the "stupid" genes ?  No ????   


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 17:04

Barry.......well, we've managed to sort that one out pretty smartish

Home Flowers

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 15:46

Snap Dove

 Pots of scented flowers too would do well.  If you like to use herbs, consider some of the mat forming or trailing types.  Nasturtiums would give you plenty of colour .....trailing or upright.  Check around and see what others with similar aspects are growing too....always a good idea when starting from scratch.

Have a good time choosing and planting


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 15:17

Think positive does work sometimes

Home Flowers

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 15:15

b2p....I'd echo Dove.  More info needed to help you plant up a beautiful balcony area


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 18:54

You don't say what your G/H or base is made of ?  Extend the base to fit maybe ?  A few more details may elicit some advice

Cornus Flaviramea

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 18:51

That's interesting.....the one I found which didn't "take off" for me was Midwinter Fire.  I was very disappointed as it was a stunning colour.  That was in a previous garden tho so perhaps it has taken over the world by now  Reading the above, I'm more than tempted to try this one again.


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 18:42

Gemma.........despite having worked with and for animals ( tho usually non domestics) for many years, I despair of those who will still buy a pet (whatever it might be ) without a whit of knowledge of the outcome of such a purchase.  Unfortunately, cats do seem to be viewed as the ultimate "no responsibility" pets by the majority of owners.  It's not simply that the cat population has exploded to a ridiculous degree but that people in general have no conception of responsibility these days.  I'm sure that will raise a few hackles ( or whiskers  ) but is a fact of life.

I have no doubt that there are responsible cat owners out there somewhere.......I just haven't come across any yet.  Sad to say, the excuses offered by the previous poster just promulgate all the old myths......... it's ONLY a's NOT's ONLY killed a few birds, voles,'s ONLY crapping everywhere but in it's owners's ONLY driving other normaly  sane people to ONLY need to make your garden look like Fort Knox and/or be willing to pay for various's ONLY my pet but the rest of you can suffer for it.  In other words, my cat is yours - whether you like it or not

Now you know why I no longer post on Cat threads .....I've made an exception as it IS the season of goodwill after all


Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:42

Gemma..........been there before.........7 cats belonging to one neighbour.  After a couple of years, I suggested to my neighbour that if he would just keep his pets in overnight, I would deal with them during the daytime.  I thought that was a fair offer but he wasn't remotely interested.  In the end, I sold up....just couldn't take it any longer.  Beautiful acre of garden, big G/H 's, fantastic views but totally ruined by someone who had no conception of responsible pet keeping.  To add insult to injury, when I went back to visit another neighbour some 2 years later, I found the cat person had sold up and moved from the area !  Too late for me tho 

tlc to christmas cactus

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:14

Must be the season for giving away hopeless cases Billie  I was given an even worse specimen a couple of months ago but completely sodden compost and rotting stems as opposed to your rock hard compost.

I cleaned up, discarded all the rubbish and repotted in MPC mixed with Perlite and grit. Left in the g/h. Once the plant had dried out, it then produced a beautiful flush of flowers. I find if you keep them on the dry side , they seem happy in most aspects. Not too dissimilar from the larger "Orchid Cactus".

I'd imagine yours will welcome a change of compost after all those years and you will probably find it will flower better next year   

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

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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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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