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Help needed

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 17:22

They spread like wildfire where they are happy Nick

Plants for lightweight arch

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 17:20

Annietts........hope you're feeling better and get your arch suitably planted

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 17:17

NN.........don't's an interesting debate and as HyperCF says, no one was offended......indeed, I really liked your comment about Opinions and Bottoms....I'd not thought of it in those terms before


Block Paving

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:55

Providing you can keep it from spreading over the actual slabs, I'd be inclined to leave it.  The contrast between the grey and the green looks rather attractive IMO

I have the same problem but because my slabs are in a small, narrow area and drop down in 3 stages, there is never sufficient air and sun to keep the moss from establishing ( and re establishing after cleaning ) over the actual paving.

Just trying to keep it in check, last year I cleaned and re mortared the cracks......big mistake as the flood water last winter had no where other to go than into my kitchen

Small pond

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:47

That'd be a bit mean when they are feeling cold 

Small pond

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:39

If you don't have the depth with a small pond, you need to protect it.  If sunk into the ground, you could protect by laying straw filled bags over a grid ( twilweld or something equally stiff ) to completely cover the surface.  If above ground, same thing but also wrapped around the sides.  It's not ideal but should give adequate protection.  It obviously depends what the temps drop to.  If you are worried about any plants in there as well, take them out and keep them in a bucket of water in frost free shed or G/H. If the frogs can easily get out of your pond, they will hopefully find somewhere in the garden to hibernate more safely.  If not, you could physically remove them to safer winter quarters. 

Dracaena help

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:29

If you are feeling brave, you can also cut it back.  Providing the roots are healthy ( as Bob mentions ), it will re shoot.  Or you can "air layer" the current stems and once rooting, cut off and re pot.  A good layer of grit over the compost and some warmth and light should sort it out.

Streptocarpus - Cape Primrose

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:24

I used to grow these.......beautiful plants.  It will require a rest like the rest of us

If you want to raise some more plants, use that nice big leaf in the foreground of your pic.  Cut across the veins and pin down into some fresh compost.  You should get a new plant from each cut.

wot to do now

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:03

Not a obvious "cup".   Are the leaves that bluish colour in reality Alan ?

Potted Climber for a Shady Wall

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:52

Mmmm..... I see your problem.  What about training some Vinca major ( the variegated leaf ) up a support ?  Blue flowers. Evergreen ferns may do well too.

As you say, check your sunlight hours......may be you could get something else more to your liking

You don't always get chance to look at every aspect when you move house but anyway, I hope you manage to do something with the balcony whilst you are there

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Rude but funny.

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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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