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Latest posts by philippa smith2

What is her name?

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 08:43

Beautiful flower Tyrus

I have several of these Epiphyllums (sadly not the white ) and overwinter them in a frost free greenhouse.  They usually flower here anytime from May to August.

what licence to sell produce do I get?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:33

I'd agree with's the easiest and cheapest way to build up a small business.  Once you have regular clients, they can also "visit" your garden/allotment/WHY by arrangement.

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:23

Could have been even more embarrassing if it had written "priapian"

Ideas needed for successful pollination of Cayenne Pepper?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 17:15

Far easier to grow them later when the pollination will be taken care of by the insects.  I sow in April and then grow on in g/h and also outside.  Have never yet had to resort to hand pollinating and I get good crops.

Growing Tomatoes Outside?

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 09:25

Like Dove I also grow Toms outside in pots against a south facing wall.  If you can support them well and keep up with the watering, they should provide you with a good crop. 


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 10:21

Sorry BMum...........can't remember that far back only that I loved the perfume

If it is any help, I like strongly scented flowers such as Gardenia, Jasmine, Dendrobium etc.  However, the tuberose isn't hardy so you would normally be growing it indoors and the scent would therefore be stronger. 

Scent is very subjective tho so the only way to find out if you like it is to get it flowering and then you can either keep it or give it to someone else



Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:51

BMum...............I like them.  First grew them back in the 80's.  I've noticed that they now seem to be in every catalogue.  The scent can be quite strong so it depends whether you like that sort of thing

cat deterent

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 16:44

   I think you've hit the cat on the head there Nutcutlet.  

Growing Pineaples

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 16:34

I've been successful with growing pineapple from a top but I planted mine in gritty compost and used bottom heat.  It grew and even produced it's own pineapple.

I would have thought suspending it in water will just result in rot.  The suspending in water is usually recommended for harder things like Avocado stones

Grape vine outside partially coverd

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:15

To get larger individual grapes, you would normally thin the bunches of fruit.  Perhaps you also have too many bunches on the vine itself ? 

Fertiliser would help the vine in general as part of your growing regime.

Check out some of the Pruning info too.......satisfy yourself that you are pruning correctly

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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