philippa smith2

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Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:28

Wayside.......I can see your point but the problem is that if you refuse to vote or choose to spoil your ballot paper, I don't think it registers.  I am happy to be corrected but I assume your protest will simply be ignored and you would be considered a "non voter".

My flowers ..

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:19


The Octopus Campanula ??  What is the proper name ?  It is a very intriguing little job and beautiful photo.  I rather think I could find a space for that

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 19:13

Glad you got the seeds Rosemummy ......hope they do well for you

Help Save The Hedgehogs

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 18:52

9.30 to 10.30 pm seems a good bet at this time of year............if their food and water is out ready for them at that time, you should be lucky.

Of course there are always the awkward little b*****s who like to dine after midnight

Tips for Pumpkins

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 18:42

Pumpkins like a lot of food.......if possible, the best way is to prepare their site in the autumn....plenty of well rotted manure on a slightly raised heap.  They are thirsty creatures too so keeping them well watered is essential.

Depending on the variety you are growing, you may need to pinch out the growing tips after a couple of fruits have started to form on each stem.  That will at least stop endless growth at the expense of fruit which you can expect to swell and  ripen.  Much depends on the length of the summer too........a warm August and September will give you a better chance of more fruit.

Nice Rose too

Help Save The Hedgehogs

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 17:04

One of the 2 regulars

My flowers ..

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 16:21

Epiphyllum........there are approx. 90 buds on this particular plant this year.

My flowers ..

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 15:58

Oops.......sorry to have misled everyone This is an Aquilegia as Fidgetbones kindly pointed out but I don't know which one.  

 I'd got it written down in my germination notes as Thalictrum because I KNOW I sowed some seeds of that.  Obviously something went wrong with my labelling .......not having grown Thalictrum before, I never thought to check in my plant directory to see if it matched up.  I just assumed my labels were correct.

I wonder where my Thalictrum are then ?

Anyway, thank you Fidget.......I'm not really bothered which Aquilegia it is as I think it is a stunning plant

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 20:02 cannot expect "rights" if you don't accept "responsibities"......quite simple really

Wild orchids

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 19:57

No idea if it is protected in your area........if not, it should be.

Contact your local Wildlife Trust.....they should be able to give you a pointer.

Whether it is or not, you are lucky to have it growing naturally........keep up the good work

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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What camera set up ? 
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Just trying it out 
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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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Anyone growing this one ? 
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Another Vine Weevil warning

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Pond plants

ID needed please 
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Early activity 
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Seed and Plant swap 2016

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Ryan the gardener 15

Are you there ? 
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