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African Marigold?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:54

Oops.......are you talking Calendula ( pot marigold ) or the other type (Tagetes ) ?

African Marigold?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:52

Leave it Ryan.............if it is mild for a while, it may flower before the frost gets it.  Some of my calendulas which have self seeded this summer are about to flower now.  Make sure you save some ripe seeds to sow where you want next year.  Or just scatter now.......they will germinate come the Spring

Is my Hibiscus dead ?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:47

Hibiscus will lose their leaves over winter.  If you prepared the planting hole well and watered in, it should survive and leaf up again come Spring.

The sudden loss of all/most of it's leaves could just be due to a change in the conditions.......i.e. from the shop to your garden.


Araujia sericifera

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:18

I don't think so Patricia but I suppose you could always let them dry off sufficiently and burn them on a separate little heap ?  I don't recall any problem in surrounding areas when I grew it.

I'm being extremely cheeky but if you have any spare seeds which you are putting on the "Seed Swap" thread, I'll snap your hand off as I'd like to grow it again

Reipening peaches

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:00

I agree with Welshonion.........all the shops seem to have for sale are punnets of peach or nectarine with a fancy ribbon across the top which says "Ripen in the fruit bowl".  I made the mistake of not reading the ribbon until I got home

No juicy treat for me that day..........or the next...........or the next............or............

When they finally "ripened", they were way past their best to put it kindly.

Araujia sericifera

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 08:39

I used to leave mine to decay naturally after collecting some seed.  Otherwise in the compost bin.


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 19:24

It is getting to that time of year when summer veg are looking rough and beginning to die down..........provided the actual veg aren't affected, I wouldn't worry

England rugby

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:58

Blood stained Rugby players ?...........Poo............I've just repotted a huge cactus and you should see my G/H............looks like an A&E dept. after a Saturday night

Lemon balm disease

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:41

"Tough as old boots"........I'll say

Useful plant tho the yellow variety is prettier in the garden.  You are unlikely to kill it Apple.  It is actually better not to let it flower IMO......the new fresh leaves are best to use in the kitchen.....keep cutting back thru the growing period for the best leaves.

Not quite ripe seeds....

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:33

Don't think the ripe banana works with "hard" pods tho am prepared to be corrected.  They do look awfully green but as said, now you've cut them, nothing to lose.  Paper bag in a warm place works wonders

Discussions started by philippa smith2

For those who keep Chickens

Most favoured seeds ? 
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Birth announcement

Pond snails 
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Germination inhibitor

Tomatoes versus Passion Fruit 
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Sweet Peppers

Ripening off the plant. 
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Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 18:16

Using Damson Sauce

Ideas/Recipes appreciated. 
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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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