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Bird Of Paradise

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 18:13

Also rife in Southern Europe.........you may have to wait a few years to get him to flowering size but a stunning plant when it gets there.


Really all you need to consider is where it grows naturally and try to emulate those conditions.


As Ladybird says above, don't be tempted to over pot and I'd add go easy on the watering

Help identifying cactus

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 18:04

Jane.......if you have a lawn or grassed area, grow dandelion, plantain, hairy bittercress, bind weed etc.  Your tortoise will happily graze on this combination along with the lawn grass.


I've kept tortoises of various species for the last 40 odd years and most of the time they have had the run of the gardens/woodlands both here in the UK and in France/Spain, etc. Natural grazing is always by far the best altho you will probably have to supplement at the beginning and end of the season.


Most non domestic animals will know to avoid anything which is not to their taste ( providing they have an alternative food source of course ).  


I cringe these days when I see "tinned" food for tortoises .......natural every time is the way to go IMO

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 17:26

Tetley.....I appreciate your comment but I've always been a bit of a current affairs freak and so ( can I use "so" in this context do you think ?  I don't want to be drummed out of the Kippers Knickers thread  ) I feel fairly safe in saying that I've had enough info on this subject to have made my mind up fairly early on in the debate.


TBH, I am too far behind with my veg planting to waste more time watching an hour long video on the subject......altho............I don't suppose it mentioned anything about poor germination of "Opera" french beans did it ?  Now that WOULD be useful 


I'll look at the Paxman prog tho.................I'd trust him over most of t'others as I simply like his style.


 Do you remember his last few times on Newsnight when the presenters were made to include the weather forecast ?  JP took exception to the new ruling and his first "weather forecast" went something like..........................There's going to be some weather tomorrow - some of it will be wet, some of it dry and probably some wind somewhere.  Well, what did you expect ?


I've paraphrased somewhat but that was the gist.


Now that is what I call real style  He also writes good books

Help identifying cactus

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 16:45

Alan is right......it is a type of Opuntia and soft enough for tortoises.  The one they might struggle with is the large O. robusta.


Tortoises will eat most types of soft cacti and succulents without any ill effects.  If you want a perfect plant to vary a tortoise diet and one that also looks good in the garden, try the Sedum spectabile.  There are of course many more but the succulent type do at least give them some moisture as well.

So...............

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 16:37

Had to laugh about the "lounge" one............I'd always understood that it was simply a class thing here in UK.


Working class households had a Lounge.  Middle class households had a Living Room.  Upper class households had a Drawing Room.  I think a Day Room also crept in at some point but now that seems to be confined to community living/care homes/hospitals.

Bonsai Tree (Weeds appearing?)

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 16:20

I can't ID any of those except for the little spikey job.......it looks very similar to some of mine from years ago.  I'm embarrassed to say I can never remember the correct name but known as Parasol Pines (commonly found in the Med area) and which make excellent outdoor Bonsai.  


I'd go along with Nutcutlet's suggestion and try to pick out 1 or 2 seedlings of each different type and grow them on.  More than 2 of the same is just going to take up space.


Most "Bonsai" mixes, if obtained from a reputable source, would differentiate between "Indoor" and "Outdoor".  It looks as if you have an outdoor mix.


There is quite a lot of choice if you want to do indoor ones.....Ficus is a good example but have a look at some good Bonsai sites and go on from there.

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 15:56
HORTICO says:

OH dear..  My posting this thread was simply as stated.  Passing on atopic that had come before me.  Truthfully I am of no political sway.


I hold very close.  To friendship of the forum members.  Please can we dispense with the back-biting  and bickering.  PLEASE.


See original post

 Ha ha Verdun.......I'm sure the irony is not lost on any of us 


Mike put on a perfectly acceptable post with his video link ( don't know how good it is as I didn't have time to watch it ) but then spoilt it by pleading for a cessation of the backbiting, etc.  I'm not saying he's wrong in this particular instance as I think he makes a good point but pot calling kettle black sprang immediately to mind.  It's certainly the funniest post on here so far

Last edited: 18 May 2016 15:58:07

Forum changes now live

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 10:17

Dyersend........I also asked about this as I consider it a vital feature of a forum like this.


The answer was that the Hover function is not a priority and it is not known yet whether it will be re introduced at some future point.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 15:53

Mrs Bug.......if you use the search facility on here, you will see that there are plenty of "Keeping Cats Off Garden" threads.


Most of the remedies offered either don't work at all, work intermittently or are simply coincidental.  It is unfortunate that the onus of keeping cats out of your garden is usually placed on you rather than the owners.


In the first instance, have a polite word with your neighbour......perhaps they don't realise what their pet is doing ?  If that doesn't alter the situation, several people swear by an automatic water "thingy" which detects movement and gives the offender a good soaking.  Not sure what name it is actually marketed under but you will find it in one of the many threads.


Best of luck

So...............

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 15:16

Hazel..........as Runnybeak says, no apologies necessary


It could well be described as Awesome, Brilliant or Amazeballs but of course none of us would dream of actually saying that ( would we ?).   


Hazel.....both you and your thread are THE KIPPER'S KNICKERS !!!


Yes, you're right......I only came across this lovely phrase the other day ( reading Billy Connolly's biog ) and I've been dying to find an appropriate place to use it ever since.

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