philippa smith2

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Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 16:53

You beat me to it josusa

Are you thinking of covering Ireland PP ?


Posted: 10/09/2017 at 16:47

Sometimes it depends on what you want to root - I seem to remember citric acid powder was good for pelargoniums.

Roota is I think a general one - comes in liquid form.

The correct time and medium with bottom heat often works without additional help.  Sphagnum moss also seems to be a favourite with some.

Annuals looking worse for wear

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 16:39

Annuals are exactly what they say on the tin.......they will be finishing soon and you can dump them ( saving any seed for next year if you so wish ).

Pelagoniums can be nipped down before the first frost and kept dry and frost free until next Spring when you can start them off again.  Coleus can be kept as house plants over winter if you have the right conditions and space - otherwise take cuttings ( in water will do ) and again, frost free place to grow them on for next year.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 16:33

If you read back on all the various threads which deal ( or attempt to deal ) with cat problems, you will see that the one deterrent which seems to come up trumps over the years is one of those Water scarecrow thingies. Sadly, something you will have to pay for rather than the cat owner.

All the arguments you make so forcefully have been made before in one way or another but the problem still crops up time and time again.  The fact that cats can be contained quite happily within the owner's garden and house and walked on a lead for their exercise is often beyond the understanding of the majority of cat owners.  

Not much help but hopefully you will feel a bit better having got it off your chest - you have my utmost sympathy


Plants and raised bed covered in cement

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 16:49

On a practical basis, I'd agree with Obelixx - if the damage is only recent, you should be able to clean the ground suffiiciently to ensure your plants survive.

KT also has a point - perhaps your neighbour isn't aware of how careless his/her workmen have been and it never hurts to mention these things - particularly if your neighbour is intending to carry out more work along the boundary.

Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 16:40

I bought a couple of plants last year - now I have a myriad of seedlings just about everywhere.  They don't seem to need much TLC - just a bit of spare soil and away they go  Had I realised how easily they seeded, I would have taken some seed heads from my neighbour's garden ( the nice neighbour Fairy ) and saved myself a few bob.  Lovely plants tho.

Why are big pots bad for small plants?

Posted: 08/09/2017 at 16:31

Or to put it another way, would you feel particularly comfortable dressed in clothes which are obviously too big for you ?  

Potting on can be a time consuming job but if you achieve better results it is worth it isn't it ?

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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

Posted: 04/09/2017 at 19:11

I've had a couple of queries  recently about the availability of the zoo tickets- just to say they are available in Feb/March for that year.  They seem more popular some years than others but to be fair, I do them on a first come, first served basis.

I'd also like to say thank you to those recipients who have taken the time to let me know that they have used the tickets and had a great time.

Makes it worthwhile for me


Posted: 02/09/2017 at 17:23

Depends which Sedums of course but the spectabile aren't floppy.  Growing them amongst other plants won't really help.  They require their own space and will produce many heads of flowers from now until the first frosts - excellent for bees and other insects as they move from Lavenders to sedum.

An out of the Blue invite

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 17:20

I think Mike asks this question on a regular or at least annual basis. It is as pointless a query now as it was to begin with. 

If you want to respond to a query and the location of someone is important, it is easy to ask.

Not everyone wants to compose a complete biog on their life for all to muse over.  It isn't necessary - only to give sad people something to ponder over.  

I believe there are other Social Media outlets which are useful for this sort of voyeristic tendencies.

As for Short Term Members List ?  Obviously not short enough.

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