philippa smith2

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Share your own blog!

Posted: 17/01/2018 at 15:18

Growingwithmer.........."Sorry if it came out wrong "

Not to worry -  hope you choose to use this forum and that you enjoy it.

Share your own blog!

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 17:47

Should be easy enough to see what we do in the garden just by checking the forum perhaps ? Pick a subject which interests you and have a look.

"if you don't have a blog, why not ? "  Much the same as if you don't have anything else really - mostly comes down to choice don't you think ?

Whilst I am sure your blog is interesting/enlightening, why assume everyone wishes to do the same ? Wee bit patronising I think.

The Snail Lover's Society

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 17:28

only just caught up and not read properly but interesting as always pbff

English language

Posted: 16/01/2018 at 17:24

Iain - sawmill thing - Top Dog / Underdog is how i've always understood it.

pbff - the Italian phrases are certainly interesting - thanks for that.

Anyone know where " having a Whale of a time comes from " ?

English language

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 22:37

Hells Bells ( where did that come from apart from Andy Hamilton ) - you have all come up with such interesting stuff and I've enjoyed the responses.  Thanks to all who have participated.  I still can't pretend to go up against the "expert" but I've learned/ been reminded of a lot this evening.

Help with overwintering plants! URGENT.

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 22:08

I think you are missing the point here.  If "seasonal gardening" doesn't work for you then you either invest in a commercial type growing environment or you forget it.

It matters not that you are in the USA or any other area. i'd suggest the climatic conditions have altered for all of us - at least over the last 15 or 20 years.  You have to learn to go with what you have - none of us can do any more than that.

If, as you say, you aren't interested in things which grow in your area, you need to expend some time and effort in making a suitable environment for those things which you want to grow.  Nothing to do with buying plants on line or your inability to do so,

You mention orchids and Nepenthes.  Both can be grown here in the UK given suitable conditions - decide what you want, look up all the info for the conditions you need to supply and away you go.

Trying to grow anything which you are unable to sustain is not only a complete waste of money and time, it leads to frustration - not good for anyone 

English language

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 21:45

Thanks for the Trump thing Raisingirl  obvious when you say -don't know why I didn't think of that other than I am not a card player.  No excuse tho.

I agree that the English language is acquisitive and without going in to too much detail, you have partly answered my original question.  Apart from nothing better to do, the statement I was querying was from an expert ( say no more ) - the English language uses these terms far more in modern parlance than other languages. It just set me thinking - true or not ?? 

I have enough problems trying to translate some of our more peculiar sayings to my French and Spanish friends - never sounds the same somehow

Is my house palm dying?

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 21:17

Considering your pic, I'd venture to say that your Yucca doesn't look too bad for this time of year.  As above, a bit more light if you can manage it and less of the watering - they are very forgiving plants and will stand some "cruelty".  If you have an outside space, a few months outside in the summer will keep him happy too.

Help with overwintering plants! URGENT.

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 21:09

Calm down would be the first thing

Assuming you are in the USA, have you looked around on US based sites to work out what you can both grow and keep in your locality ?

Difficult to tell from your post what you are trying to grow in a GH and what you are trying to grow outside in your garden.  You mention such a varied number of plants that it is impossible to advise you properly.

The veg you mention will grow outdoors here in the UK  in the Spring and Summer months -if the weather is kind, the season will be extended.

The likes of Aloes, Alocasia and such would be either House Plants here or only left to the elements during the summer.  

Papayas won't fruit here in the UK.  Bananas may do if protected.

Best thing would be to check out your local area and elicit advice from other gardeners in your specific locality

English language

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 19:47

Thick as 2 short planks - I've always liked that one but no idea of it's origin.

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