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Latest posts by philippa smith2

A hummingbird!

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 17:35

They seem late this year.  Usually my garden is "humming" with them ( sorry ! ) but so far only one...........paid a quick visit a week or so ago and hasn't been seen since


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:55

Badgers have recently caused havoc at my local allotments......several people have lost chickens to them.

Personally, I have my chickens in my garden.......I wouldn't trust having them elsewhere.

Badger culls are very contentious.........particularly here in the SW UK........they make such a balls up of it whenever they attempt it.  As they have been battling badgers and bovine TB for at least 40 years, one wonders when this problem will be resolved.  Without the complete demise of both species I would add

My Strawberries are all being eaten

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:47

I'd agree with Shazza...........straw makes a comfortable bed for the is an excellent idea but if the slugs are just beneath the soil surface, they will enjoy the warmth and protection the straw offers.  Young Blackbirds (and there are lots of them about now ) are really keen on Strawberries..........usually just before they are ripe enough for you to pick !  You just have to learn to share I suppose

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:38

Rhubarb...Strawberries....Shallots....Broad Beans....Par-Cel..........Cabbage...Spinach..

usual Herbs........Land Cress..........Potatoes...........Watercress......Salad Burnet.

Garden courses

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:32

Look for local agricultural colleges or the RHS.......conversely, approach any of your local Nurseries, Garden Centres, Landscape Gardeners/Architects........they may well have some suggestions.  Your LEA might also be worth approaching as Garden/Land Based Skills seem to be more popular these days.


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:24

Verdun is correct (but I know he would never ever plant any bamboo ).  You can make life a little easier by planting a bamboo which isn't so rampant.  All of them need a bit of a judicious eye but they can make a good plant...........just choose the correct one for your needs and put a barrier in if you are able to. You can also plant in a large container just proud of the surrounding ground.......that way you can control emerging runners but be aware that you will need to water and feed more, especially in dry weather.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 16:20

I will have Aquilegia "William McGuiness" for Autumn sowing if anyone would like ?

Dead lavender, strange stem = cod?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 09:39

Ants will affect the plants but only by being in the planters in large numbers.  They dislodge the soil from around the roots thereby leaving the roots susceptible to drying out and dying off. 


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 10:14

Alyssum Mrs. G........beautiful sweet honey like fragrance.......easy from seed


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 10:05

You are probably right Nutcutlet..........annoyingly, it worked too

Gloves and suits on then Dove........ready ?

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Papaver somniferum

Beautiful blood red flowers 
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Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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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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