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Wall flowers in full bloom 25 Jan 2016

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 16:39

Your wallflowers certainly have more blooms on than mine but this will be the first year flowering for mine.

I do have a beautiful Calendula ( the bog standard orange ) which has stood up to all the rain and wind

Greehouse Questions

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 16:36

Andy........look for a supplier of Aluminium greenhouses.............they often do the "bits" separately.

An auto vent should be easy enough to obtain as should guttering.  Maybe "Two Wests and Elliot " or similar ? ones for storage

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 16:27

If you are talking about earlies, 2nd earlies........I have found Charlotte and Rocket freeze well.  Either part steam or lightly fry, pop in freezer and then you can get them out to use as you want......either steamed or as roast wedges.  I'm just about to finish off my Charlottes tonight

Main crop ?  Don't know really as I tend not to grow those.

Droopy Peace Lily

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 16:20

Your Peace Lilly has got too warm and you have inadvertently overwatered it .  I think you have probably worked that out for yourself tho.   Is there any chance that you could move it to a cooler spot ?  Maybe take it home with you for a while to let it recover.

They usually do best in good light but not sun and not over hot.


Posted: 25/01/2016 at 15:35

I've certainly had some frogs calling in the pond ( and the veg patch too ) but that was a couple of weeks ago.  I'm a bit blasé now about the frogs

It was really the Newts in there so early that made me comment.  Normally, like Pansy's, they are still tucked up in bed at this time.  I thought I'd noticed one about 3 weeks ago but as I've also got some baby fish from last year and it zipped up to the surface and back down so quickly,  I thought maybe I was mistaken.  Don't know for sure but yesterday's sightings were definitely Newts.

Nutcutlet....I remember you mentioning before about the Heron.......hope you still have a viable population.  Oh, Newts rather than Herons I mean

What do I do now

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 14:21


You could try President Obama's campaign slogan......Yes We Can !!.......everytime you walk past it.  With any luck, it will be far too embarrassed to keel over on you.

BTW, 2 of the Foetida's are flowering.......look wonderful

What do I do now

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 13:47

Sorry Nutcutlet .....bit late   After your Clivia has finished flowering you could give it some Sequestrene.  I find it a good tonic if the leaves are a bit iffy.

OTOH, you could stick with your plan........have the benefit of those gorgeous flowers and then pass it on to your friend pretty smartish

I just had to share this

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:39

I've heard of the saying "A***e over T*t " but never actually seen it happen before

What do I do now

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:36

It's a Clivia ( minata ? ) Nutcutlet..........Kaffir Lilly. Looks pretty good to me

walnut tree

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:31

Right to Light in a garden is a very "iffy" subject.  I doubt your neighbour would stand much chance using that as an excuse.

You could always apply to have your tree listed.......even if there wasn't much chance of success, your neighbour would not be able to damage/ prune ( ? ) it whilst the application was ongoing.

Might be worth looking into.  Local councils do move in mysterious ways sometimes - might just benefit your tree.  You never know

Best of luck anyway

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