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Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:25

As Bilje says, you can certainly grow a plant from a pip and it will probably flower if you can hang on that long.  An edible fruit from it ?  I think you would be lucky.

Far better if you know anyone who has a good Lemon tree to take a cutting......they strike quite easily with a bit of bottom heat

stormy weather

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:19


I think

They assume

We all speak

Like that

Is it just me or do "modern" presenters talk more quickly these days ?

It takes


A sentence or two

To catch up sometimes

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:12

Verdun.....that looks pretty good

My local Agricultural College has a beautifully planted road side bank using this grass interplanted with Sedum spectabile and Verbena bonariensis.  I always think it looks wonderful.

Autumn here too.........plenty of leaf colour ( tho mostly on the  ground now after the horrendous wind ).  Set to turn colder by the end of the week so I've picked my last few bunches of Grapes....delicious

Aloe vera problem

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 15:59

Alex......if it is any consolation, my large A. Veras have been sitting out in the garden all summer.  They have been thoroughly rained on, been raided for first aid purposes, are overflowing their pots and, truth be told, neglected to the nth degree.

Having moved one of them into the G/H a couple of weeks ago, it is now throwing up a flower is several years since that last happened

Can anyone id this cactus

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 09:58 you I think the H. versicolor is the better bet


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 09:53

My Cyperus lives in the pond all year round.  Most years it stays green with just some stems dying back but in a bad winter it can die right back to below the water level.  Comes back OK in Spring tho.

stormy weather

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 18:11

I don't think I'm even on the same latitude but a nice thought

Can anyone id this cactus

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 17:48

Ryan.....that fits with both those I suggested but it is difficult to know for sure.  I find quite often the shape can be distorted somewhat if the plant has been forced ( I mean by optimum growing conditions ).  I confess I am always learning about cacti

Orchid type?

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 17:37 will need to post a pic for an ID

In our thoughts

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 17:31

Like all of you, I too was horrified to hear of this latest atrocity and I can understand why people want to put their thoughts into words.

I'm just wondering tho whether by discussing this on any form of social media, we aren't giving these lunatics exactly what they are after............publicity. 

This point of view may not be too popular and I certainly don't want to offend any of you .  I doubt there are too many terrorist inclined people looking at a gardening forum after all but the more we discuss their doings, the more we give them some sort of credence.  I'm not advocating censorship......just maybe not adding fuel to the fire ?


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Bumblefoot on Chaffinch

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Anyone growing these ? 
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Reduced price plants

Bargains ? 
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Most favoured seeds ? 
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Ripening off the plant. 
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Using Damson Sauce

Ideas/Recipes appreciated. 
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Beautiful blood red flowers 
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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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