philippa smith2

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Herbs and spices that I can grow in these conditions?

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 16:23

Gardenings.........unfortunately I'd have to agree with all the responses above about actually growing plants.

You don't say whether your room is dull and dark or light and airy ?  If the latter, the only thing that springs to mind is drying flowers, herbs and seeds.  If you are able to buy the fresh flowers, herbs etc. fairly cheaply which you seem to suggest, then perhaps you could set your room up to do this.

There is a market for dried flowers and herbs but obviously you would need to look further into it - it is possible that you wouldn't be able to be competitive but it may be worth a little research.

Hope you manage to find something suitable anyway

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:10

Fairy - Just the shape and the large head made me immediately think Toad as opposed to Frog - could be wrong of course ( wouldn't be the first time ) .

Can you remember when you got your spawn ?  Toads are usually earlier than Frogs but also the spawn is different.  Frogs are "clumps" and Toads are "strings".  

Is that any help ?  I can't remember what happened yesterday never mind a few months ago

Someone else is sure to come along and rubbish my ID

HELP ! Why is my palm tree dying ?

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 18:50

A Cordyline as LB4 says but that was a very large one to transplant at any time of the year - even more so in mid summer.  

Luckily they are quite resilient plants - you may lose the whole top but all is not lost.  If you keep it well watered at the roots, it should send up new shoots eventually.  You will then have a multi trunked palm rather than a single. 

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 18:33

That's a Toadlet ( Toadling ? ) in the pic isn't it ?  Lucky you HHerp.  Mine have done nothing this year

cacti id please

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 20:18

I think they are designed to be pollinated by night flying creatures....I have noticed this with some of mine........gorgeous scent but 2 days is the usual life if you are lucky

Passion flower cutting wont root

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 20:12

They germinate very quickly from fresh seed.............peel the fruit and sow both pith/jelly with the seed - bit of bottom heat and you will have a veritable forest.

!8 months of potting on and you should see a good flowering vine.

Weed suppressing fabric

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 18:55

Depends on how much preparation work you want to undertake in the first instance.

The lightweight membrane is rarely strong enough to stop pernicious weeds and is basically a waste of money and effort.  It rarely even stops annual weeds IME -- a certain amount of debris sits on the top and so you will still need to weed as such.

The heavier gauge membrane will work providing you clear the ground first and keep on top of it.

You only have to look at some municipal areas which have had " weed membrane" laid....not very pretty

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 17:09 is indeed one of your Aquilegias........a real beauty and the first year of flowering.  It's official name is now  "Salmon Nut"  It seems very popular and I hope others enjoy it as much.

I've got half a dozen or so flowering and they light up shady spots wonderfully well.

Your other seeds all germinated but I have to wait til next year.........particularly looking forward to the Yellows.


Posted: 08/07/2016 at 17:58

I hadn't realised that Artificial grass was so popular Pansyface.

It's not something I would ever consider but I guess it is a bit like hard landscaping - it is an option for some people who have difficulties much as Clarington describes  or sometimes just convenience I guess.

The more vehicles we have, the more space needed to park them

Shrivelling/rotting flowers on day lilly?!

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 17:17

There seemed to be quite a few people who had this problem last year ( 2015 ).

I was lucky in that I had just one or two affected stems but this year I have found it prevalent on every clump except 2.

The ones which seem to get away with it each time are my Stella D'Or.......dwarf and very late flowering.

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