philippa smith2

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Watering Orchids

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:40

Supermarkets tend to sell just one type of Orchid - Phaelonopsis I think.  They are quick and easy to flower, keep their flowers for ages hence a "good buy" from the s'mkts point of view.

Propagating Hoya from Seed

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 16:48

pbff..........I grew a Hoya carnosa from seed many years ago.  Can't recall exactly but I would have sown in whatever was the best seed compost in the mid 90's and given bottom heat by placing the pot/tray on my heated bed in G/H in Spring/early summer.  Since the original, each time I moved house I took cuttings which are pretty easy to do.

Not a great deal of help I know but best of luck anyway

Two college students building a produce sharing app

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:35

Done but lots of questions

Crocosmia not flowering

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:13

Best divided every so often as they tend to flower less and less as they become congested.

You can do that now

Plant ID please

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:09

Lychnis ?

Which variety are your yellow Kniphofia ?

Lovely photo

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 15:44

What a transformation Fishy - looks wonderful ( or as Gordon would say **%$**g good )

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 18:53

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 18:31

The Love Bird won't be any keener on the snow than the rest of us

Forget the cat - they don't get on together - pics like these make some people think otherwise

Passion Flowers Fruits

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 18:23

P edulis are a surprisingly easy crop if you have a G/H or Polytunnel.  From seed to fruit is approx 18 months. Hand pollinating is necessary in most cases. Fiddly but worth it.

P caerulea make pretty fruit but inedible IME - not poisonous but very dry and nothing like the real thing

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:39

I think most of us would see other species Johnny as this is a UK based site - a few in Europe but rarely from the US.

Sounds like you have some busy feeder posts tho the mention of snow isn't likely to make most of us here feel too good - we're just coping with the onset of Autumn

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Native or Non Native ?

What actually constitutes a "native species" in the UK ? 
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Last Post: 22/10/2016 at 11:37

The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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Last Post: 05/10/2016 at 16:29


What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Last Post: 22/09/2016 at 19:42

Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Last Post: 15/09/2016 at 18:00


Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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Last Post: 04/09/2016 at 17:46


The "Ignore member" option 
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Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 15:18

Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Last Post: 15/08/2016 at 18:10

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Last Post: 22/06/2016 at 19:40

Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Last Post: 14/09/2016 at 18:06

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Last Post: 29/05/2016 at 18:55

Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Last Post: 12/05/2016 at 18:40

Best present this year !!

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Last Post: 08/05/2016 at 22:06

Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Last Post: 19/04/2016 at 15:35

Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Last Post: 14/03/2016 at 19:23

Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Last Post: 28/02/2016 at 09:14
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