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Latest posts by philippa smith2

May bug?

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 09:22

The last time I saw them in any number was the mid 90's.  Rarely see them now which is a great shame. 

Anyone have any idea why I never see Glow worms these days ( or nights I suppose ) ?

Staghorn Sumac

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 08:50

Sumach are well known for this trait unfortunately.  You can either treat the individual suckers with weedkiller or when you cut your lawn you will cut the new growths and eventually weaken them.

It will probably take a long time by either method and you will need to be very vigilant in spotting any and every sucker.  I have finally eradicated mine after 3 years.

Sumach are beautiful trees but they need to be planted with some care

I would like to identify a very tall plant I saw in minehead at may bank

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 17:20

Could be an escapee from Dunster Castle............lots of "exotics" there and not far off the bus route.

If you could be more specific as to which car park, I'm not too far from Minehead

The Big News in Edinburgh

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:34

Yarrow............thanks for making the effort to share this.  What a stunner

Papaver somniferum

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:17

Dorcas......yes, it was the beautiful red that surprised me.  The plants themselves also appear to be much larger and sturdier than the usual self seeders.  Had I even thought that they would be such a good red, I would have whipped a couple out whilst still tiny and put in my garden.  Too late you say, they do not transplant beyond the seedling stage.  I shall certainly save some seeds from them and hope they replicate both size and colour in the garden

monkshood/devils helmet/aconitum

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:54

RB1........certainly no offence intended and sympathise with your son but I feel my comments regarding the report I saw remain valid.

monkshood/devils helmet/aconitum

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 19:23

South West TV recently ran an item on Giant Hogweed.  A chap walking his dog apparently brushed against one of these plants and according to the report "suffered life changing injuries ".  Yes, the guy was badly burned/blistered on one leg but life changing injury ?  Way over the top I think.

Yes, some plants affect some people more than others..........particularly when the sun is hot.  I get a rash when brushing against most plants in the summer..........just one of those things.  Rubbing a broken stem of Aloe Vera on the affected spot often sorts it out.

Avoiding certain plants is a good idea but the scare stories just keep wonder new gardeners are frightened to death by anything remotely natural.  Sensible precautions are one thing..........hysteria is another


What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 19:05 have you eradicated Brambles by sowing grass seed ?  Do you mean the brambles are in your lawn and you just mow them down and eventually re seed ?  Or do you just grow grass instead of brambles ?

I'm intrigued and if you have found such an easy way of eradicating Brambles ,you should market your idea and become a millionaire.  I shall, of course, be the first to send you a begging letter


Who said "bug ugly"?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 18:48

He looks pristine Pansy........I take it the photo was before the unscheduled Mayo dip ?  Actually, you could have just eaten him couldn't you ?  Insect "takeaways" are the next McDonalds I to be healthier anyway

Shield bugs - do we like?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 18:37

If that Shield Bug chose you Flora.......that's love at first sight.  Curb your wimpish tendencies

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Papaver somniferum

Beautiful blood red flowers 
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Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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