philippa smith2

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I have an unidentified climber!!

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:41

Check out Aurijia serificera - ( Cruel plant ).  I think you will find that is what your plant is


Posted: 18/09/2016 at 21:36

I'd always thought a Hedge was a "run" of trees, shrubs or WHy.  

I now see that a hedge can be termed as such if it consists of 2 or more evergreen/semi evergreen plants.  

If that is the case, do these plants have to be planted close together - forming a run as such.

If you have 3 evergreens ( eg. 2 Laurels and a Bay ) spaced out over a length of something like 60 linear feet, does that constitute a hedge and therefore limited to the 2 mt restriction.

I'd be grateful for any proven advice/info on this.

Thanks in advance 

Water in systemic insecticide

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:28

Methylated spirit and a stiff artist's paint brush will also do the job.  Time consuming but worthwhile if you wish to save your plants and "wonder" chemicals aren't doing the job.

Once cleaned, ensure the environment is such that you can reduce the chance of having it happen again.


Posted: 17/09/2016 at 20:13

I move all my cacti into a cold G/H before the end of October - up until then they receive water if it rains.  It all depends where you are and the size/type of your plants as to when you stop watering/move them undercover. Several are still in flower now for me and I would expect to give some water as needed once in the G/H for winter. 

As Alan says, they like a dormant period but not to the extant of them drying out completely.

How do I look after this bamboo?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:57

As Verdun says - nice looking plant.  You may want to up the pot size next Spring tho otherwise it will become too congested/root bound and will begin to look a bit sad.  Depends really how big you want it to grow ?.

Best soil for Bamboos in containers?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:45

Metal containers aren't really a good idea.  You can buy large plastic bins which will suffice for 2 or 3 years.  Soil based is best - JI 3 isn't that expensive - topped off with leaf mould and kept well watered. That should see them right - IME anyway. 


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:40

Gee Tee bulbs Fairy .......what did you buy ?  ( sorry that sounds a bit abrupt and rude doesn't it ?  ).  

I got Snowdrops ( in the green)  and Wood Anemone from them last year  - 50 or more of each - the quantity was good but disappointed with the quality .  Supposed flowering size but very disappointing results with both. A couple of Snowdrops and 1 Anemone flowered.

I'd marked them down as a bit iffy but I could have been unlucky ?


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:26

If you have clover in the lawn, it will flower much as it would elsewhere.  If it is a problem, you need to dig it out. If it is only a small lawn, then hand digging and disposal would be the way to go.  I believe there are weed killers which will eradicate it without killing the surrounding grass but not too sure.  Wait a while and someone with expertise will help you out on this I am sure

Twisted willow

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 17:01

Sudden crack in block wall after 20 years but complainant has issues with all trees - particularly those which shed leaves every year

Thanks in advance

Is this some sort of violet ?

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 15:21

Could be Viola laboradorica ?  Can't really tell the true colour of the leaves from the photo.  They aren't quite as rampant as the common violet IME but spread by exactly the same method - seeds and runners.

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Native or Non Native ?

What actually constitutes a "native species" in the UK ? 
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The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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The "Ignore member" option 
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Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Best present this year !!

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Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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