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Growing a Chicken

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 18:39

 Is this a post ?

What's wrong with my chilli?

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 15:41

I'm fairly sure that some varieties of Chilli have much darker leaves than others.  I can't really tell from your photo but if the whole leaf is dark rather than just obvious patches of discolouration, that could be the reason.

Check what variety you have and compare with photos of that type.

Temporary housing for conservatory plants

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 18:36

Cacti will be happy enough outside in a sunny spot until October/November provided they don't get too much Autumn rain.

The Stephanotis can go outside too for the summer provided you can pick a suitable spot but you will need to find all of them a temporary home at some point if your conservatory is not usable until December. If the Stephanotis proves too unmanageable, you could cut it back.....that way, you could ensure that you will still have it to go in your new conservatory

I should add that the above advice does depend on where you are located.  What works in one climate/area may not work in another.

Lilacs in need of your help

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 18:00

Bumping up for Musher's lilac problem

anyone know what this is?

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 17:54

You don't say what your original climber was ?  The Centranthus is certainly a very robust plant ( some may call it a thug  ) but I would imagine your climber is in there somewhere - just struggling to get it's head through the fresh growth of the Centranthus.  

Have a poke around and see if you can spread the C's out a bit to give your climber a breather.

The C's are wonderful for insect life - just make sure that you constantly dead head to stop them seeding everywhere

What has happened to forum site.

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 17:35

Yes.......the new format as it stands is certainly not as user friendly to some of us as it used to be.

Annoying and frustrating as it may be at the moment....... but wanting to kill those responsible ??  Bit OTT I think   It IS only a forum after all


Posted: 11/05/2016 at 17:26

The worst culprits IME are the little ones which live in the soil.  No matter how often you go out and pick off the visible ones, the damage will still occur.  They are certainly very prevalent this year

Whether you opt for Pellets or not is a personal choice - only you can decide that.

Lilacs in need of your help

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 17:17

If you are able to post a photo that might help someone to either confirm what you think or offer another possibility.

A mature tree is a bit of a job to remove so best if you can positively ID the problem before taking such drastic steps

What memories do your plants bring back?

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 14:56

My 2 citrus trees I think.

The Lemon which I bought 26 years ago when I first moved to France.  It has gone through several house moves since then and still makes me think of my little house in the midst of Truffle country.

The Medica taken as a cutting from a mature tree at Dunster Castle.......brings back memories of 2 lovely years spent as a volunteer Garden Steward.

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 19:12

I will be relieved if the excessive scrolling and enormous reply and quote boxes can be minimised.

I think if I still find the new format too time consuming but the majority of others find it workable and an improvement, then I would have to say that it is I who am a bit behind the times.

God forbid, I might even be forced to buy a "mobile device" and see if I am missing something

Nice that Mr.Haynes took the trouble to be on line over the weekend to listen/take note and reassure   

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