philippa smith2

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Houseplant identification

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:47

Don't know what your plant is but doesn't particularly look succulent like from the pic.

However, if you cut back all the long growth and use that as cutting material you should be left with a decent plant - re pot what you have left  ( the main plant )  as it is obviously outgrowing the original pot. A bit of judicious water and feed should see it romping away again.

Freecycle sites

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:36

Has anyone on the forum successfully managed to log on to one of these Freecycle sites ?

How do you do it without the use of a brick wall to bang your head against ?

I am finding it incredibly difficult to do it in my area - won't accept a user name, won't accept a password but happy to send me an email ( or 2 or 3 ) specifying what products they will not my defence, I am offering garden machinery, tools and household goods as opposed to Drugs, Tobacco, alcohol and firearms.

These sites drive me mad - why do they exist if they are incapable of following thru ?  

Rant over but any sensible tips would be welcome. I'd still like to GIVE good stuff away rather than dump it.

Cerinthe seedling plug plants

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 14:43

As they are plugs, best to leave them as they are.  If you think you will have too many once they have grown on a little, you can always pull the weakest looking seedling out.

They will seed themselves around your garden quite happily once established.  You can also harvest the seeds yourself - they germinate quite easily.

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 14:36

Logan - your Parsnips and their shelters made me look twice...........the curve struck me as being just right for a set of gleaming dentures A really nice big bright smile

Tigridia Pavonia

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 14:30

I didn't get them beyond a year in a NW UK garden but that was years ago and was most likely down to me.

I'd imagine you would be a lot more successful GD if you can keep them well drained.  Some in a pot and some in the garden and see which does best ?  Some protection for the garden ones over winter I would suggest.

Nice plants so hope you are successful 

Controlling arum italicum

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:56

I think you just have to keep digging - but by disturbing them, you tend to spread them further unless you are sure of removing every tiny bulbil. Just one of those things I think

Not so bad in the lawn - mowing the grass on a regular basis should eventually exhaust them. They will be popping up just about the time you make the first cut.

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 16:54

They breed here in the garden GD - lovely creatures.  I always look forward to the first sighting hence the bragging I suppose

1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 16:50

Sorry about that Nut but such a lovely surprise - particularly as I was working in that area and not thinking about Slow worms in particular  I know we have several here and they do breed in the garden.  Just need the Grass snake to appear and then that's me sorted

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 15:32

GS woodpeckers drumming away but didn't manage a pic - caught this sun bather this afternoon tho

1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 15:26

Took this photo this pm. Warm and sunny and the perfect sunbathing spot

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Freecycle sites

Giving stuff away for free ??  
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1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

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Neighbour discharging rainwater from roof on to my garden. 
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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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Native or Non Native ?

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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