philippa smith2

Latest posts by philippa smith2


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 17:48

Pansy........that is really really bad

B3 - what's MC ?  Mostly correct ?  Madly correct ?  I am SO wanting to know innit 


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 17:08

HH - I think Rockwool was used years ago on a commercial basis especially for Toms and similar.  If you like, it was "early" hydroponics.

Don't know the full makeup but I'd think twice about using it in the garden as such.  Early use kept it confined to glasshouse growing only - no idea what they did with it afterwards tho.  As to it being harmful to people, there are many of us still alive who ate the produce from this form of growing medium.

You don't say but what are you thinking of using the rockwool for in an open garden situation ?  Not being picky, just wondering ?

Comfortable Gardening Gloves for Women | Yardbiz

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 16:37

You'd have thought the advert might at least have mentioned gardening ?

Can you give me some advice on Passion Flowers?

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 16:34

It all depends which Passiflora you are growing ?  The most common is P cerulea - rampant when happy but does not produce edible fruit - well, it won't kill you to eat it but it has no taste, no juice.

Very attractive flowers which tend to open in sequence.

In milder parts of the UK, P "Constance Elliot" may do well in the garden - a sunny sheltered spot.

If you want to grow for edible fruit, go for P edulis.......can be either yellow or black fruit when ripe but unlikely to get a crop in the UK unless you grow them under glass.

There are many more with fantastic flowers but you need the right conditions to grow these successfully

How do I manage frogs in my garden?

Posted: 14/08/2016 at 15:32

Eeuw Fairy ..........I read that soon after eating my Shreddies and Raspberries.......  That'll teach me to ask stupid questions.


Posted: 14/08/2016 at 15:25

I seem to recall Ed Milliband having a phase of beginning every sentence with "Look.....".

It was particularly noticeable during his attempts at "Essex speech" when discussing LIFE with Russel Brand.

Total rubbish from both of them but absolutely fascinating to listen to - well,, you know, soooo bad it was good

Fig Tree

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:55

Depends where you are situated - you can get a decent crop of Figs without the need to grow under glass.  

The key is the site, the soil, the constriction of the roots and some good weather.

Brown Turkey is one of the best for the southern UK climate. 

Please help me identify these plants

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:45

The ones on the top right are obviously Aquilegia - can't enlarge enough to do the rest.  

Whatever they are, I'd suggest you pot them on individually as they look in need of it

pet companions

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:38

A change from Cats and Dogs 

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:34

What a lovely pic Sheps - hope you didn't stamp on him/her or otherwise consign it to an early death

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
Replies: 44    Views: 1253
Last Post: 15/08/2016 at 18:10

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
Replies: 4    Views: 324
Last Post: 22/06/2016 at 19:40

Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
Replies: 4    Views: 339
Last Post: 25/06/2016 at 15:42

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
Replies: 5    Views: 475
Last Post: 29/05/2016 at 18:55

Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
Replies: 1    Views: 255
Last Post: 12/05/2016 at 18:40

Best present this year !!

Replies: 3    Views: 358
Last Post: 08/05/2016 at 22:06

Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
Replies: 15    Views: 683
Last Post: 19/04/2016 at 15:35

Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
Replies: 5    Views: 367
Last Post: 14/03/2016 at 19:23

Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
Replies: 14    Views: 555
Last Post: 28/02/2016 at 09:14

Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

Replies: 13    Views: 741
Last Post: 27/02/2016 at 15:43

Kniphofia Tawny King

Anyone growing this one ? 
Replies: 6    Views: 579
Last Post: 24/02/2016 at 09:00

Another Vine Weevil warning

Replies: 3    Views: 1060
Last Post: 02/02/2016 at 08:53

Pond plants

ID needed please 
Replies: 11    Views: 577
Last Post: 02/02/2016 at 18:08


Early activity 
Replies: 5    Views: 633
Last Post: 25/01/2016 at 20:02

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Replies: 290    Views: 27572
Last Post: 24/08/2016 at 12:27
1 to 15 of 65 threads