philippa smith2

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My flowers ..

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 18:11


Interestingly enough last year I couldn't stop it must have gone from May until November......and didn't die down as it usually does.  Took the secateurs to it eventually

Started with a cutting from Dunster Castle ( Minehead ) some 15 years and/or it's cuttings spent time in both France and Spain where it tended to retire for the winter.  Back to it's home in Somerset and it is thrilled to bits and does exceptionally well.  I shall need to look up Debretts for a suitable title ... he deserves one I reckon 

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 17:47

I'm wondering if anyone here in the UK has managed to grow and successfully ripen Passion fruit ?

I have an 18 month old plant in my G/H (un heated ) and have approx 6 fruits visible with more to come.

Grown originally as an experiment to see if they would shade my G/H in summer.......had hoped for fruit but wasn't really expecting any.

Realise they will need a long season but curious to know if anyone has managed it ?


Gardening Crafters

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 16:08

Can't compete with the knitting I'm afraid but I enjoyed growing, drying and decorating these Bottle Gourds.

My flowers ..

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 15:58

A cutting from my Cestrum parquii which has made a rather nice little "Bonsai".

Crater created by rain pouring off branch

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:26

Following Sanjy67's logic, perhaps directing into a mini pond if you have the space.  It will provide you with some extra wildlife ( as long as you are able to keep it topped up in dry periods ).

Alternatively, Watercress would grow well in a permanently damp spot but you would still need to diffuse the deluge somehow.  Not many plants like having a gallon of water poured directly over their heads.

Something with large leaves such as Rhubarb may deflect the water sufficiently ?

Recipe section

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:14

Julie.......I think you'll find that sometimes recipes appear in various threads depending on the subject veg or fruit which was being discussed at the time.

I'm sure if you started a thread solely for recipes you would find a lot of people would be interested and willing to share their own 

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:28

Wayside.......I can see your point but the problem is that if you refuse to vote or choose to spoil your ballot paper, I don't think it registers.  I am happy to be corrected but I assume your protest will simply be ignored and you would be considered a "non voter".

My flowers ..

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:19


The Octopus Campanula ??  What is the proper name ?  It is a very intriguing little job and beautiful photo.  I rather think I could find a space for that

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:13

Glad you got the seeds Rosemummy ......hope they do well for you

Help Save The Hedgehogs

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 18:52

9.30 to 10.30 pm seems a good bet at this time of year............if their food and water is out ready for them at that time, you should be lucky.

Of course there are always the awkward little b*****s who like to dine after midnight

Discussions started by philippa smith2

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: 18/06/2016 at 22:09

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

Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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Last Post: 27/02/2016 at 15:43

Kniphofia Tawny King

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Last Post: 24/02/2016 at 09:00

Another Vine Weevil warning

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Last Post: 02/02/2016 at 08:53

Pond plants

ID needed please 
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Last Post: 02/02/2016 at 18:08


Early activity 
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Last Post: 25/01/2016 at 20:02

Seed and Plant swap 2016

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Last Post: 21/06/2016 at 12:49

Ryan the gardener 15

Are you there ? 
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