philippa smith2

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Frost Protection for Bay Trees

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:23

It will depend on the size of your Bays and how sheltered the site is - unless you are subject to really harsh winters, they shouldn't suffer particularly.

If you are referring to the "Lollipop" ones , they do seem to require a bit more coddling.  

It is much better to make a sort of frame if you intend to fleece so during wet weather, you don't have wet fleece touching the leaves if and when it then turns frosty.

Can anybody tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:13

Agree with HC - "yellow wave" is one of the best Phormiums IMO.

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:10

Native orchids to naturalise - particularly Purple spotted and Pyramid.  Also a Kerria jap. - more mundane I know but I haven't seen any for sale recently.

A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 16:37


A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 16:29

Sorry about the double.

I'm going to put C on now just in case I don't get chance in the week.

The text for C is as follows........

I have painted 43 things here.  Look out for a celibate catholic clergyman or cleric and his somewhat relevant pet, a carved cryptogram and also a clue to crack it with, a cliff bathed in crepuscular light, a clarinetist and his clarinet, a camouflaged chameleon, a cave or cavern complete with cracks and crevices, a crowing cockatrice and a curious face on a clock that needs to be thought about.

A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 16:23

A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 16:11


Feeding hedgehogs

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 18:00

Don't know about other's H Hogs but mine stopped coming for food some 8 or 9 days ago now.  The last 2 I had in were healthy "Teens".

Nippy enough here but no frost yet - the hibernation box remains empty but I've made plenty of log/leaf heaps for them to use if they want.  TBH, I still don't know whether they are likely to be living in my garden or neighbouring properties.

Just hoping they will turn up again next year 

A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 15:58

Just a quick long does everyone think is a fair time between each image ?

I see that some of you already have or intend to get the book and that makes it easier ( easier ? ) but those who are relying on my images might want a bit longer ?

Let me know what you think.

So glad you are enjoying it even if it is driving you mad

ID please

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 10:53

aym..........that particular amaryllis has been around for quite a long time.  I bought a bulb from T and M in 1995 or 96 and it was sold as Papillon.  Once the bulbs multiply and all flower together, it makes a stunning show.  I've lost several over the years but the small ones I have presently are from the original bulb.

At that time, they were selling them with the advice to keep them "green" all year round - seemed to work well enough

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A Puzzle to help you over the winter

The Ultimate Alphabet 
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Blatant advertising

Lack of above lately 
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Hazel hurdles/panels

Using these as a fence 
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What actually constitutes a "native species" in the UK ? 
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The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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The "Ignore member" option 
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Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

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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