philippa smith2

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too hot?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 16:31

Colour schemes work really well until the plants flower - or that's my experience anyway.  There is always some little beggar to ruin it

sowing seed for next year

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 16:13

Sowing seeds in a cold frame will enable you to keep them protected. For ideas on keeping cats out of your garden, there are several threads on the forum - just type Cats in the search facility.  There is rarely a solution which actually works permanently but at least you may get a few tips to lessen the problem.

Ground Cover Evergreens

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 15:53

Ajuga reptans purp. is low growing ground cover - blue flower spikes in Spring/early summer with dark purple foliage.  Vinca minor is also an evergreen ground cover.  Plain green foliage with light blue or purple flowers or variegated (green/yellow) foliage with slightly darker blue flowers.  There is also a form of Dianthus which is matt forming - produces tiny pink or white flowers from late Spring to early summer.

Try looking up evergreen ground cover plants and see if there are more which fit your site/conditions there are new plants coming on the market all the time


Posted: 08/09/2016 at 14:02

A belated Happy Birthday from me too Verdun.  If you get much younger, you will have to be confined to a Play Pen in your garden

Why do my Japanese Anemone's look like this?

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 18:02

It looks as if you have plenty of flower buds about to open on your plants.

Moisture metre

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 17:55

Linzi - the fact that you find it fascinating means that you are well on the way to learning.  Even experienced gardeners can ask questions - inane or otherwise.


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 17:48

B3 - would the one toting the gun be the OP then ?  


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 16:44

The more you fiddle with nature, the more trouble you invite.  The next update from "Billy's Lawn" will no doubt include a query on how to deal with Giant Worms invading his house. Well, one can always hope I suppose

Moisture metre

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 09:52

I was of course referring to the Moisture meter.  I haven't yet tried testing the pH using my finger 

Moisture metre

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 19:25

I can see your point Linz but quite often a finger poked in the soil will do the trick

Discussions started by philippa smith2


What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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The "Ignore member" option 
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Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Last Post: 29/05/2016 at 18:55

Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Last Post: 12/05/2016 at 18:40

Best present this year !!

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Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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Kniphofia Tawny King

Anyone growing this one ? 
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