philippa smith2

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Passiflora edulis

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 16:33

Coastal Somerset hoeglory.  This vine is in my G/H which has no heating - just frost protection over the winter.


Posted: 12/09/2016 at 16:27

Maize is grown for cattle fodder - I know about this because there are fields and fields hereabouts growing what appears to be rather good Corn cobs. When I first moved here, I thought - great - there should be loads of local sweet corn "on the cob" for sale locally.  In fact, it all goes to the local "Maize factory" to be dried and distributed to 4 footed beasts rather than us bi peds

It IS edible but not particularly succulent..I guess cows aren't too fussed. In fact, when I think about it, this area really does grow mostly for animal food rather than for humans. Could be why the likes of McDonalds open 24 hours a day in our nearest town and the proliferation of Burger Vans in every available layby

Sorry Ladybird - got carried away there - nothing to do with your thread other than I can picture you in a Maize Maze and wondering about the "Do not Pick" signs 

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:37

Not bad actually.  A tad sharp so maybe I'll leave the others ( 1 down -  14 to go ) to colour up just a little more.

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:34

First one to ripen - going to cut it open and see what's what

Good Proper nursery in West Yorkshire

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:18

That's the one Perki - I knew it began with an R

Don't know if it is still any good - I can remember getting some decent plants from there but that was in the late 80's / early 90's.


Posted: 11/09/2016 at 18:15

I think you only need to worry about it if there are things you would prefer to do but just can't bring yourself to do them

If you are happy and fulfilled, that's all that matters really.

 If you are really worried, build up to occasionally watching a soap opera, visiting a McDonalds, wandering around a supermarket - stuff like that. It won't take you long before you realise that your GOCD is not necessarily a bad thing.

Verdun's right tho - you need to switch off every now and then.  How many of us follow our own advice tho ?  

Virus type pop ups

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 17:57

Amazon have been selling the "Advert free" Kindle for a premium for several years now I think.  The ads only pop up when the Kindle is "resting" so not a bother.  Easiest thing is just to switch off when you aren't reading.  Saves on the battery too.

Actually tho, my Kindle is now 6 or 7 years old so could be slightly different

I can't identify this plant

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 17:50

This was taken a few weeks ago - completely black now .  IME, it seems to grow better given just a bit of shade.  Not a bog plant as such but in the places I have previously grown it or seen it, the plant has always been not too far from water.

Murphy's Sequestrene

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 17:40

As Bob says - it is still freely available at most GC's.  The last pack I bought was under the brand name "Doff" - Sequestered Iron Plant Tonic.

Good Proper nursery in West Yorkshire

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 17:26

Also used to be one not far from Todmorden - can't recall the name now - could have been Reids ?

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