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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 15:15

Good to know that TWIGS had a super day at Cambridge  Unfortunately, my computer is having some sort of mid life crisis and has now decided that I am not allowed to view any photos on the forum Still, at least I can't make a pig's ear of id'ing any mystery plants

Weed ?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:45

Sorry....don't know the proper name.  Someone will be able to tell you tho

Weed ?

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:35

A weed...........very prolific

Solar powered pond pumps

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 19:42

As I am in the midst of renovating/ lining a badly leaking concrete built pond I have decided to use gravel only to re pot all my water plants. 3 days of baling out silt from broken containers, etc. has persuaded me.  I've always used Aquatic compost before but in fact have discovered that if you have a good root system on the plants ( inevitably with some old soil, etc attached ), you can just gravel them.  The detritus which arrives even in a new pond should provide sufficient "gunge" for the roots to get into.  Not many are going to be doing much growing at this time of year so I think it is OK.  I have emptied a couple of bags of Aquatic compost in the deepest part of the pond and a little on the various shelves.  This gives a habitat for all the Dragonfly larvae, Beetles, etc which I rescued and will provide some medium for the plant roots by next Spring. 

I don't watch Monty or Rachel but I think I agree with them on this

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 18:49

Hope everyone is using home made mincemeat for their pies ?  Much better than shop bought IMO

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:57


Doc leaf Cutting

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:54

They're nestling quite happily side by side in my garden Kef

Identifying Plants and flowers

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:50

Dimwit...........I have to say your "name" is surely somewhat of a misnomer.............Allamanda was the name I couldn't bring to mind.

Doc leaf Cutting

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:41 Pansy says.....if you just have a leaf stem, I think you are on a hiding to nothing. 

Ask a neighbour if you can dig one or two up from their gardens ( provided they haven't dosed them with killer ) and pot up.  You should then find they will grow away happily.

If you aren't too worried about having the common Dock, I believe there are a couple of the more ornamental ones available.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 17:02

YStevie...........Don't worry............there is a 13th Commandment on the other side of the stone tablet which reads "Thou shalt be forgiven for breaking the previous 2 Commandments ".

Discussions started by philippa smith2


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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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

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

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

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

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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How things change 
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