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Kaka Beak - Named after New Zealand's native parrot

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 16:28

Be interested to hear how they fare TeeCee...........I don't know of anyone else growing them.  Best of luck.

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 17:50

Did you not notice that beautiful, warm and sunny day in June Hostafan? 

split level garden landscaping

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 17:40

I saw a really beautiful garden illustrated in a book years ago......both sides were two tiered in effect...I think using wood to raise and contain the beds.  Various tree species were used on the outer edges to give height.  The centre sunken part was more like a winding path and grassed.

Not suitable for everyone but it has always stuck in my mind somehow

Saying goodbye

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 17:31

What a shame Dove.  Always sad to see a tree go.  Needs must tho so RIPT I think

Irs showing new leaves already!

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 17:09

You don't say what Iris ?  If you have a spot ready for it in your garden and you aren't expecting the ground to freeze in the next few days, I'd say you can do it now.  Otherwise you will be waiting until it's flowered and died back next year.

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:54

I use Mirin as a marinade for mussels before putting them in Paella or Fish Pie.

Trouble is I seem to have a "block" when it comes to Mirin and Ricin........I got some rather worried looks when I asked a shop assistant where they had moved the Ricin to

The really embarrassing part is that I have often grown Ricinus and I KNOW it is toxic.   

Kaka Beak - Named after New Zealand's native parrot

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:30

Hello TeeCee............I live in Somerset but was actually living on the Somerset/Devon border when I had my Clianthus.  It was still going strong when I moved house

Are yours the red ones ?  I did have a white one once but I think they are even more tender than the red. Can't remember exactly what happened with that was some 20 years ago. 

Having also lived in Leicestershire, I think you are wise to wait until Spring.  Hope yours work out well.......they are beautiful plants.

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:06

I've only just come in to defrost myself so I may have missed some of the posts.

I always read (and sometimes post) on the weevil threads and can't say I remember seeing anything offensive ( except towards the weevils ) other than the usual debate about who uses chemicals and who doesn't.

I also saw Verdun's "Merit 75 " ......the query and the explanation seemed harmless enough this morning.  In fact, BBoy's mention of it being to do with Provado was quite timely for me as I am in the process of rescuing yet another containerised Heuchera

War Memorial Plants

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 17:56

.I'd always thought that the lack of fancy planting in WW cemetaries and memorials was to keep it simple and concentrate our minds on what we were really looking at............a generation ( now more ) of people who lost their lives in pointless combat. For me, they should be stark and unforgiving in the hope that we may, eventually, come to realise the futility of all that waste.

Using too much planting does, in my eyes, take away from the basic concept.  There are, after all, plenty of gardens where people can wander and appreciate the plants..........keep the memorials for what they are.........thoughts/memories/why.

Sorry........just my opinion


Where is Autumn?

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 17:37

I can certainly remember discussing the lack of separate seasons with an elderly gardening neighbour some 15 years ago.

As far as the long hard winter we were all warned about, it is still only Autumn.....time yet to have a nasty awakening

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