philippa smith2

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Manual VS Powered

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 18:10

Glad you have one Buttercup but I'm still none the wiser

Is it a Scythe or a Sickle - something similar to that ?

Not for grass but a decent Pruning saw has its place does a chain saw when used by someone who knows what they are doing.  A swift sure cut is often kinder than hacking I think.Noisy tho 

Manual VS Powered

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 16:20

The Grass Whip sounds vaguely SM but I'm sure it isn't

What is it and how do you use it Richard ?


Posted: 04/02/2017 at 20:29

Cycad - needs protection from winter weather if you are in the UK or other northern climes.

Once it gets to a certain age, it will produce "babies" from the main trunk.  You can detach these carefully and pot up into a very light gritty soil - a bit of bottom heat and it will root.

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 16:44

Not a single Snowdrop showing yet but here are some Orchids........the large are Cymbidium and the smaller is Dendrobium ( which also has a fantastic scent.

Look at my mallow!

Posted: 02/02/2017 at 14:18

Looks similar to mine which came from a Wild Flower" seed packet. 

As well as happily seeding everywhere, they tend to be perennial in my garden and usually grow to between 1.5 and 2 mts in height.  Beautiful colour and the insects love them

What to grow??

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 18:04

If your space is as warm and sunny as you describe, the Campsis may well take off there as Dove suggests.

If you like Passionflowers, I'd avoid the common P. cerulea which can be a nightmare once it gets going.  P. Constance Elliot is slightly more tender so not as vigorous - scented white flowers. There are other varieties available.

Underwatered or overwatered indoor lemon tree?

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 17:29

There isn't such a thing really as an "indoor Lemon Tree" - citrus far prefer to be outside for the majority of the year as normal household conditions don't suit them.  They don't make good house plants tho plenty of Garden Centres sell them for that purpose.  They usually end up looking rather like yours and causing you much frustration.

If you have even a tiny outdoor space, then your Lemon will be much happier out there - in the winter months,  you could protect the pot with bubble wrap/ sacking etc. and protect the plant itself with fleece.  Large citrus will take some frost but smaller specimens obviously will not be so happy.

The root ball doesn't look that bad as far as the pic allows you to see but is it contained in a pot which is glazed on the inside ?  Difficult to tell from your pic. If that is the case, you should re pot into something more suitable. 


Posted: 30/01/2017 at 18:16

Joyce..........I've no doubt others may be too.  Always the chance that Councils vary of course


Posted: 30/01/2017 at 17:50

The promised update in case it may be of help to anyone in the future.

As some pointed out on this thread, it constitutes a "Private Nuisance" as opposed to an illegality.

Having spoken to my local council, I am assured that it is not something they are able to deal with nor do they advise taking private action unless I can categorically prove the discharge is damaging my property or interfering with my enjoyment of the garden.

With regard to Building Regs, I am informed that provided the regs were followed when the property was constructed , in this case a flat roof extension to an old building, the property owner can alter his drainage as he sees fit.  Whilst it is reccommended that surface water be discharged into mains drains or a soakaway, it would seem that one is not obliged by law to do so. The fact that my neighbour is running his downpipe along his wall ( within his own property as such ) makes it all the more difficult.

Since I last posted, the neighbour has partially turned the "elbow" so that the rainwater discharges on to the top of the wall rather than blatantly discharging down into my garden.  The wall has obviously suffered from water corrosion over the years this has been in place but either he can't grasp this or doesn't want to.

Much as I did not want to touch his property ( therefore laying myself open to complaints ), I have enough space between my vertical fencing to just poke the drain pipe a tads - over the next few weeks eventually edging it over sufficiently for him to have the majority of the discharge.

He is a very difficult person to deal with........hence the caution. 

Just like to thank everyone who has given me info and advice - on the thread and by PM. 

Ajuga- can I move it now? How best to do it?

Posted: 29/01/2017 at 17:50

I'd agree with hogweed but just add that if you cover lightly with some compost now, by the time the weather warms up you should have some stronger rooting plants which you can transplantand then clear the area of the weaker bits.

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