philippa smith2

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Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 14:44

fredbare - DFA is right about living and learning - the giveaway is anything sold in a 7 or 9 cm pot is likely to be a titch and will need growing on  Easier when you can see the plant in a nursery/GC but with no visuals, the pot size is easily overlooked in the excitement of purchasing.

If only we were blessed with hindsight

Miniature orange tree problems

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 18:34

Not quite sure what you mean by a "miniature" orange tree.  Do you have the variety name ?  

Citrus are not known for being House plants whatever the GCentres may like to tell you.  Judging by the size of the trunk, your Citrus is certainly a viable plant.

The compost you have it potted in looks very fibrous - think of where Citrus grow naturally and the climate and adjust your aspect and potting medium accordingly. Make sure you haven't over potted too - nothing worse than a small root system in a lot of damp, claggy compost.

In the UK, they will drop their leaves to an extent - particularly if kept outside or in a cold GH but if protected from the worst frosts, they will begin to leaf up once the warmer weather starts.

our men in black velvet waistcoats

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 18:15

Obelixx - I'm sorry to hear that and I hope you are fully recovered by now.  I don't think I denied that accidents such as you describe don't happen and agreed that it wasn't pleasant when they did.

Good for Belgium if they lay all their paving slabs safely - perhaps the UK could learn a thing or two from your country.

I obviously didn't make my initial point very clear - my apologies 

Simply that more accidents ,for want of a better word, of the type you describe are caused by other things than mole tunnels - that is all I was trying to say.

I too have lived with Moles - my 2 acre paddock in SW France was riddled with them but I'm glad to say that I never managed to do myself an injury in all the years I lived with them.   

Noise from traffic

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 17:48

SG - that's a relief if they are only posing and admiring each others bikes - just the thought of them riding thru the Forest put me off 

Re the cost - no worries - I've a feeling the close boarded fence wouldn't work on the boundary I was thinking of - just too much wind and my garden is so much lower than the neighbour that I'd be looking at 3 mts. plus if I attempted it.

Glad it worked for you - these days, you want a bit of peace and quiet in your own space.

Dianthus seed

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 17:40

Must admit I've never bothered about storing the seeds in the fridge - just cool and dry works for me.  I'd agree about the quick germination tho 

Noise from traffic

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 17:12

SGardener - ok thank you - I did just wonder whether it would be any good here hence my query.  You can't be serious about  bikers going to Epping Forest ?  Well, I guess you are but how awful.  I lived near Epping Forest some 50 years ago - beautiful place and so peaceful - you could walk for miles and hardly see another person let alone a biker

Fairy - only on Sunday nights

Dianthus seed

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 16:41

I do mine in early Spring in a cold frame.  Saves trying to find space to overwinter them until they can be planted out.

Cat scarer extrordinaire

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 16:38

Another £1 in Hostafan's kitty  Must be big enough now to call it a Cat rather than a Kitty

our men in black velvet waistcoats

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 16:35

Welshonion - no such thing as a free lunch

our men in black velvet waistcoats

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 16:23

I'm sure they are guilty of all that but given the trend towards housing livestock undercover all year round, I wouldn't think it was a major issue.  Not nice when it happens I agree.

In the absence of statistical evidence, I'd think twisting/spraining/breaking ankles is much more likely to occur whilst tripping over uneven paving slabs, slipping on icy surfaces, tripping over steps, etc. 

Life isn't risk free after all - whether for plants, animals or humans 

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