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Posted: 05/12/2014 at 17:36

Sounds as if your new pond is giving you a great deal of pleasure Fishy

I don't know what you already have but if you would like some Pontaderia cordata ( Pickerel weed ) or some Cyperus for Spring, let me know.  My water lillies are too large for your pond I think.

Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 17:32

Tinned toms tastier ??????  You must be doing something wrong there Pete

Tinned are fine .....nothing wrong with them and they certainly come in handy when home grown are all used up but as a first choice ? 


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 17:08

Mark........that's interesting.......totally white ?


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 17:06

Not too sure about the yellow with the bluey green leaves Verdun but admittedly you need to actually see the plant..........some combinations sound awful but look good in reality and vice versa.  Who is supplying it ?

I was given 3 Cerinthe plants sometime in the early 1990's and have never had to actually buy any more despite numerous moves.  I just save the seed year to year.  It makes me laugh when I see them announced as "New" in the various catalogues  Some of mine are still putting out a few flowers now despite the cold.

Washing fleece

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:41

I must admit, I'm at a bit of a loss as to understand why you would want to wash garden fleece in the first place ?

If caked in mud, then best to replace.  If just slightly discoloured, I doubt it would have any detrimental effect on your plants.  Washing in a machine will only serve to damage the fleece and reduce it's effectiveness.  More trouble than it is worth I would think.

Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:14

Sungold and Black Cherry for eating whole.

Black Russian and Green Zebra for slicing.

Roma for sauces.


Posted: 05/12/2014 at 14:52

I'd agree with Daryl....once you have them flowering and setting seed, you will always have them.  If your friend still has some seeds to spare, ask for some and sow in Spring just in case you lose your small plants over winter.  Well worth growing and the bees love them

Indoor Yuccas Dying Fast - please help!

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 16:20

Depending on the size of your Yuccas, they can be safely left for weeks without watering.  They can also take lower light levels altho the new growth will be paler and you will need to gradually acclimatise them to the higher light levels to prevent browning.  Like many house plants, they do better outside for as long as possible in the summer and provided the foliage is good and green, they will take a lot of direct sun.

poisonous courgettes

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 18:01

If you find that you have grown something which is not true to type , it is always a good idea to contact the supplier.  Mix ups do occur ( either in the packaging or in the seed production ) and the suppliers are unaware unless we tell them

Where to keep hyacinths, GH or inside

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 17:16

Perki........prepared bulbs you would normally pot up and put in the dark to force them (it would explain on the packaging ) ........if you didn't do that when you bought the bulbs, odds on you have bulbs which will flower at their normal time...i.e. Spring whether planted in the garden or in pots.  OTOH, if, like some of us, you either ignore the instructions or just forget them, you could have prepared ones.

Still, just think of the anticipation......they could keep you guessing for a while and they are bound to flower at some point between Xmas and April.  They should smell just as good whichever way they decide to go

Discussions started by philippa smith2

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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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 18:35

Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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