London (change)
Today 19°C / 12°C
Tomorrow 17°C / 10°C

philippa smith2

Latest posts by philippa smith2

What can we do with coffee grounds

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 09:21

I spread both coffee grounds and used Tea leaves on a tray, let them dry and then store them in an airtight bin.  I use them mostly to add to compost when potting on or planting direct into the garden.

Help needed to save orange tree!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 09:19

Provided your Orangery is frost free, leave the tree in there over winter and then put outside in the garden for the summer.  The atmosphere in the average house is far too dry for these trees.

Some leaf drop during winter is normal in our climate ........if it is fed and watered correctly it will soon replace leaves when the temps. begin to rise.

Fruit can remain on the tree even when new flowers are out - it is quite normal.  However, as your tree looks a rather poor specimen, remove the fruit now and eat if it is ripe

Plastic Shed Base

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 08:57

If you mean the Rapidgrid type which interlock, I used this for a g/house base and it is excellent.

Make sure your ground is level before laying and you shouldn't have a problem

What is her name?

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 08:43

Beautiful flower Tyrus

I have several of these Epiphyllums (sadly not the white ) and overwinter them in a frost free greenhouse.  They usually flower here anytime from May to August.

what licence to sell produce do I get?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:33

I'd agree with's the easiest and cheapest way to build up a small business.  Once you have regular clients, they can also "visit" your garden/allotment/WHY by arrangement.

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:23

Could have been even more embarrassing if it had written "priapian"

Ideas needed for successful pollination of Cayenne Pepper?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:15

Far easier to grow them later when the pollination will be taken care of by the insects.  I sow in April and then grow on in g/h and also outside.  Have never yet had to resort to hand pollinating and I get good crops.

Growing Tomatoes Outside?

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 09:25

Like Dove I also grow Toms outside in pots against a south facing wall.  If you can support them well and keep up with the watering, they should provide you with a good crop. 


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 10:21

Sorry BMum...........can't remember that far back only that I loved the perfume

If it is any help, I like strongly scented flowers such as Gardenia, Jasmine, Dendrobium etc.  However, the tuberose isn't hardy so you would normally be growing it indoors and the scent would therefore be stronger. 

Scent is very subjective tho so the only way to find out if you like it is to get it flowering and then you can either keep it or give it to someone else



Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:51

BMum...............I like them.  First grew them back in the 80's.  I've noticed that they now seem to be in every catalogue.  The scent can be quite strong so it depends whether you like that sort of thing

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
Replies: 1    Views: 158
Last Post: 05/05/2015 at 09:48

Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
Replies: 6    Views: 300
Last Post: 08/02/2015 at 16:52

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Replies: 5    Views: 292
Last Post: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
Replies: 18    Views: 744
Last Post: 13/01/2015 at 19:47

Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
Replies: 10    Views: 1422
Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 19:15


Seed sowing. 
Replies: 10    Views: 1195
Last Post: 20/12/2014 at 18:00

Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
Replies: 22    Views: 1323
Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 22:49

Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
Replies: 4    Views: 384
Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 16:33

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
Replies: 10    Views: 579
Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 13:29

Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
Replies: 7    Views: 473
Last Post: 01/12/2014 at 18:33

Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
Replies: 46    Views: 1308
Last Post: 06/11/2014 at 09:37


Wasps......lack of this year ? 
Replies: 76    Views: 1830
Last Post: 25/11/2014 at 15:54


How to politely educate someone ? 
Replies: 20    Views: 807
Last Post: 05/10/2014 at 17:19


What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
Replies: 67    Views: 2180
Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
Replies: 38    Views: 1110
Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 14:54
1 to 15 of 33 threads