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Latest posts by philippa smith2

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 19:30, I know you weren't ( tho it wouldn't matter if you were..... )

I'll make a note in my "little book" but my memory is commensurate with my age ( 27 plus, plus, plus ). So give me a nudge with your address later on

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 19:24 the Lab labs......I've always found that they need slightly warmer temps to germinate than the average bean and I usually plant them out a little later too.

 I can certainly save you some seed from this years crop if you remind me come October/November 

Mexican Fan Palm

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 19:00

Dougie..........if you mean the Chamaedorea ( several from Mexico and S. America ), they will not be hardy in the UK so best in a pot and be able to move inside during the winter.

The European or Dwarf Fan palm ( Chamaerops humils ) is a much better bet if you want to plant outside.  They are pretty hardy in most parts of the UK.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 18:32

Dove..........glad you've had a nice day....feet up sounds like a good idea

Re your PM ( which I still haven't rec'd btw ).......I think I can probably guess the content. ( apologies if I've misunderstood).

Having had a look thru my new best friend's previous posts, I can see a slight case of ego mania.  I hadn't realised he wasn't "new" mistake  Not the first one I've made nor will it be the last I suppose despite the advice given by SD  



growing inside during the winter

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 17:53

Hello Econerd..........there was a thread on here about Hydroponic systems - perhaps a couple of months ago.  You could check by using the search facility.  Other than that if you post with the word Hydroponic or Aquaponic in the title, you may catch more expert "eyes" that way.

Good luck


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 17:48

Gardengirl............many congrats on your wins today.  I love the local Flower shows tho have been known to have a severe Envy attack before now.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 17:22

Artjac......sadly not a Labrador tree......the way they are producing I could give away a bag full of puppies every other day.  I'll be looking at them in a different light from now on tho

Lab labs -  Dolichos lab lab or Lab lab purpureus.  Climbing bean with purple tinged leaves and slightly scented purple/pink flowers which are attractive to bees and other insects.  They produce edible dark purple pods of a similar shape to Mange tout.  The seeds are attractive with a white stripe.

I assume not many people grow them as wherever I've had them over the last 15 years or so, people are very curious about them.

Growing aquilegia from seed

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:37

Disponded.............I also have William McGuiness.  I bought one plant last year and found a new plant growing happily over the other side of the garden this year.  Nothing particularly surprising in that but as I also have several other varieties, I was amazed that the new one had come true

As others have mentioned, they do seem to have a mind of their own when it comes to germination.


Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:25

Dove wrote

"Philippa - have you not got the PM I sent ?"

Sorry Dove, I have just checked again and nothing there.  Received one a couple of days ago so obviously working then

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 20:40 PM so far ......don't know how well they work at the mo...hope I haven't  upset apple cart.....just approaching  deja vu offence intended 

Courgette bake in oven crisping nicely and Chickens to herd


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