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Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:38

here you go then Brenda........what about "Loved ones" ?  Generally used to denote family members, friends, aquaintances, lost long fact, more or less anyone the person rubbed up against ( in the nicest possible way ) in their former life.


Cell division

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 16:45

Depending on how long the seedlings will be in the tray before potting on/planting out, you could also use stiff cardboard to section off the tray

Very scary

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 16:37

Is there actually a difference between "toxic" and "poisonous" ?  I'm not trying to be facetious but various plants are described as being one or the other or even both. 

Digitalis is well known.....refined it is a useful drug but ingested in the raw state not so good obviously.

I'd always believed most animals knew which plants to avoid but I did once have a tortoise which would eat foxglove leaves and another which ate daffodil leaves.  Neither succombed and still alive and well.

There have been a few new threads where people worry about what they are growing in their garden but it seems a rare occurrence that sudden death can be pinned down to plants.

One for you Puncdoc if you would be so kind ?  Glad to see you back BTW.


To fleece or not to fleece?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 16:06

You're allowed to do that I think Dove........ground level is easier and you can always buy plums if the worst comes to the worst  Priorities is the word here

To fleece or not to fleece?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:54

I think Pansy has said it all.  You will drive yourself mad if you attempt to fleece a tree every time frost is threatened.

Your tree will survive and you will wonder why you put yourself through all the angst.  You will also end up giving plums away in the future

Plants to grow in 4.5 cm diameter & 3.5 -4 cm deep pots

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:47

I'd agree with Fairy.  You might just get away with the smaller sempervivums but only for a season before you would need to go up a few sizes.

Sap or pest?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:44

I wouldn't question it too much Rosemary.  It's quite obvious both you and your plant know exactly what's what

Tales from AT idea may 2016 GW

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:41

If it's cool enough to wear a coat/jacket, you can stuff the offending weeds in your pocket and decant at the end of your "tour".  Otherwise, a plastic bag will do the job

I didn't see the programme but I always thought Trugs were to collect cut Flowers or Veg in a refined manner.

Hints on growing Dianthus, please

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:34

They do like well drained and gritty soil.  I grow mine in clay soil but made sure I also incorporated a lot of grit when I first planted them.

They aren't actually very long lived plants and it is always best to take some cuttings every year to replace the tired ones.  Keep them pinched out to stop the "long runs".

Can someone help me identify what kind of mint this is?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 15:08

Not mint but Lemon verbena makes a nice tea.  Shrub - can be tender in cold climates but attractive looking too.


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