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Latest posts by philippa smith2

WHAT AM I? ... a dedicated community plant identification thread

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:49

Hippophae............I'm not sure how far spread the Pyramidal is but it is also native to France as well as UK..

I forgot to ask whether you were offering prizes ?


WHAT AM I? ... a dedicated community plant identification thread

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:33

2nd photo is an orchid.......pyramidal perhaps........need to see the leaves/ stem too

Wild bird feeding

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:03

Fairygirl...........yes, who is it that puts out half a loaf of nasty sliced white bread ??  I keep finding large pieces of the stuff in my garden - seemingly even the birds turn their beaks up at this rubbish.  Feeding bread to birds is never a good idea anyway and certainly not the crap that passes for bread these days



Cutting down a medium sized sycamore and grinding out the stump

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 18:49

A good tree surgeon will usually ask if you want to keep the good stuff for logs.......they will cut it into logs for you as well

I've only ever had trees "topped" so don't know the cost for your work.  Make sure you get quotes from reputable people........maybe someone in your locality can suggest a good one ?  Personal recommendation is always the best bet IMO.


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 18:39

I recall seeing a TV programme fairly recently ( could have been Countrywide ? ) in which one of the presenters visited a manufacturer which specialised in chocolate especially for dogs.  Something to do with the actual processing of the cocoa beans but I can't remember whether they simply left something out or added a "special" ingredient

It looked OK to me tho

Pretty Visitor

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 16:27

Lucky you.............used to have them as regular visitors in a previous garden but now only the Greater Spotted. 

Actually, that sounds rather uncharitable........I love the Spotty's too.....whole family visit to feed every day

Orchid plants

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 09:42

Try and ID your orchid................different ones need different treatment

Wild bird feeding

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 09:25

I have several wood pigeons coming into the garden.........2 in particular who are around every day.  They have their own little seed patch under some dense shrubs which they use .......often sharing it with sparrows etc.  They don't bother the other birds which are able to feed at various other points in the garden.

Rather than trying to scare them off ( not a very profitable task anyway ), why not accept that they are part of the scene and work with it.  They'll soon learn where to feed to their best advantage ( and to your advantage too ).

How to mix Perlite?

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:32

Evelyn..........are you thinking of adding perlite just because you read it was a good idea or are your plants actually suffering ?

If the latter, you will need to remove your plants from their container and mix the perlite thoroughly with whatever compost you choose to use.  Just to add perlite on top or making small holes to pour it in will be a complete waste of time and effort.

If it really is impossible to remove the plants, the other option would be to dismantle your planter or break it - depending on the construction - and start again.  Hope you manage to resolve your problem one way or another

New gardener with a pomegranate plant

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:22

Pomegranates prefer well drained soil.  A loam based soil with some added grit would I think be better than MPC.

I'd also be careful about "over potting".......your tree looks only to be a very young one and the pot you have it in currently appears too large for this stage.  2 litre to 9 litre is a big jump and you risk overwatering during the winter.  Pot on in stages which suit the root ball.  Pomegranates are deciduous so be careful how you treat it during the dormant period.  Best kept outdoors for as long as possible but obviously protected during frosty weather

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Papaver somniferum

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Great gardening weather

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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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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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