philippa smith2

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pet companions

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 16:27

This is my girl......why sit outside when you have a sunny kitchen to relax in ?

When to divide acanthus mollis

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 14:21

Mine is already up and running - at least 18 inches high and same across.  Confined to a damp shady corner  surrounded by Willows from which it can't escape ( she says !! ).

Imposing plants when in full flower but pretty thuggish all the same. It rarely allows you, the gardener, to decide where it should flourish.

Is the Pumpkin Ready to Harvest?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 18:49

If the pumpkin is ripe, you can harvest now. It is obviously up to you when you cut it - you know your climate/conditions and they differ from the UK.

The T shaped stem mentioned above will only apply if you intend to store the fruit........if you are using more or less immediately, it won't matter.

Hope you enjoy your Pumpkin Pie 

Great created newts must go!

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 18:24

Sorry Mark 

Is Artificial Grass the Way Forward?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 17:49

Even forgetting the apostrophes, I'm not sure I would post those pics if I was trying to advertise the benefits of fake grass. Advertising something would usually try and make the best of whatever you ae selling wouldn't it ?

Those pics look absolutely dreadful and what the heck are those odd tubes lurking above the fence ?  And those stripes ?  If I opened my blinds of a morning and saw those, I'd seriously worry

Back to the drawing board Nick - all that effort for nothing Such a shame.

Is the Pumpkin Ready to Harvest?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 17:30

Not knowing the type of pumpkin, bit difficult to say. Not heard of the variety you mention.

If it is one which you grow for summer use, I'd say you could cut and get a nice pie out of that one. Looks a bit large tho ? It is ripe and ready for use if the shell is hard.

In the UK, we usually divide into 2 types.......those which you harvest in the summer and use fresh and those which you leave to ripen fully ( hard skin ) which you can then store during the autumn and winter and use as and when - for soups, pumpkin pie, etc.

IME, the best Pumpkin pie is usually made from the later types

Great created newts must go!

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 16:43

Even frogs, toads and newts will not keep your garden free of slugs.  Sorry Mark but speaking from experience here

Having been on the periphery recently of major highway works which involved  the relocation of a Great Crested Newt colony, I'd agree with most of the above sentiments.

As both Hostafan and Mark say, there could be ways to work round this which would benefit both the Newts and your little family as they grow up. 

I'm very surprised that you haven't had a response from your local Wildlife Trust - most would snap your hand off to either give you advice to keep them on your property or to offer you sensible and legal advice as to how to deal their relocation. 

Mango Seed

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 16:20

I have some really magnificent Dandelions Pansy - they are of Show standard as are my Lesser Celandines and Buttercups. I try not to brag about them on the Forum tho.

How come I never get a FIRST at the local Flower show ?  Perhaps I am being too parochial ?  I might just try Chelsea next year

I'd gladly send some of mine to that bloke in the Sahara but I suspect the P&P would bankrupt me 

Mango Seed

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 15:33

Considering the evident trouble you've gone to Abdul, they will be jolly ungrateful little Mangoes if they don't at least provide you with some attractive house plants.

Look forward to your next update

Invasive Ivy Roots

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 18:13

Think you need to be a bit careful with the weedkiller.  If the ivy actually belongs to your neighbour, they may not take too kindly to you killing it off.  You are entitled to chop off the roots and growth which come into your own garden but not to kill a plant ( however much of a nuisance ) which doesn't belong to you.  Awkward situation but perhaps a word with your neighbour - they may be happy for the ivy to go completely

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