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pretty plant needed for bathroom

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 18:45

Need a big bathroom tho Runnybeak ?  They are fairly rampant.  Still, it could be "extreme bathing/showering".....fight your way in ?        "I'm Bekkie...Get me out of here " ?


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 18:40

Sorry Fishy............long day..........I should have realised 


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 18:23

Depends which one can have Red, Yellow or Orange.....maybe more ?  Take your pick

hyacinths bulbs

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 18:21

But at least they should give a second season if planted out in the garden after least mine did

Too big ideas?

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 18:15 have the same problem we all have I think.......want, want, want but never enough space

Seriously, dog, child, pond, lawn in your available space..........forget the don't have the room.  Veg you can do in a separate border ( or even in pots and troughs ) or within your flower borders and a tiny wildlife pond is feasible too.......there are a couple of good threads on here which you may find helpful.

Probably not what you wanted to hear but you need to be realistic......sorry

Gardening Survay for my Product Design Degree

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 17:55

Wenborn......can't get the link unfortunately.

I fully agree that you can enjoy gardening whether you have a balcony or an acre.  It was your terminology which threw me.  The reasons you offer are valid enough but I fail to see what "products" would give people more space, time or inclination. Long working hours, busy lives and absences from home are really nothing new but concentrated housing and lack of space is a becoming a serious problem.

Community gardening and Allotments offer some solutions but not everyone is able to access these facilities.  There are numerous Gardening Magazines and TV programmes which are basic enough for young gardeners if they are interested enough to read/watch. 

Sorry if I am coming across as a Grumpy old git.........I'm not really but just wondering how your survey/project is going to alter the status quo.  I am more than happy to be proved wrong tho and wish you all the best with your project.



Posted: 26/10/2014 at 15:30

Midwinter Fire is usually a good one too.

dying bamboos

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 15:28

Lermontov..........not many of the bamboos really make ideal container plants once they reach a certain size. 

As well as the points Kef made, you need to take into account the wind factor if your balcony is high up. 

pretty plant needed for bathroom

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 12:08 grow Loofahs in the same way you do cucumbers or ornamental squashes.  They need to dry on the vine and then you peel off the outer skin and remove all the pith and seeds from the fibre.  Give them a thorough soaking/washing and then leave to dry.


Posted: 25/10/2014 at 19:00

Thanks all for your Wasp observations...........interesting to see what is about.

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