philippa smith2

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Are these Linaria???

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:34

Glad I'm not the only one Kitty 

Thanks for the explanation Ladybird - still don't GET it tho

Alchemilla mollis

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:24

I'm not sure you are doing anything wrong Erics Mum - it strikes me that you have the best of both worlds - a nice leafy clump without the ( usual ) inevitable rooting out of seedlings. To my mind, the flowers are just an addition - it's the foliage I like 

Cordyline sprouts

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:13

Altho I've never done it LG , I've got a feeling Verdun has had some success. Sharp gritty compost and bottom heat but cut down the sprouts by 2 thirds.

I've only been successful with "sprouts" growing close to the ground which already had roots.

Hope this helps - a bit anyway

Empty wheelbarrow

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:05

You have an empty wheelbarrow ? Wish I could say the same

Ladybird's Pansies are a good bet - prims or polyanthes ,Cyclamen too.

lemon tree

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:00

There is no such thing as a Lemon bush - it is a tree plain and simple

10 inches isn't very tall - let it grow on for another couple of years at least.  Build up the structure and root base first.  

Keep it outside for as long as possible - citrus don't like the hot dry atmosphere of houses.


Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:46

4 years ago, I inherited a large number of Autumn fruiting raspberries and whilst I like the fruit, these have just got way over the top.

I think originally they were planted within a bed surrounded by sleepers but they have since crept over and under and are now completely out of hand.  

Having taken some canes and put to one side, I need to get rid of the rest.  Having removed all the flowers/incipient fruit, I've painted with Glyphosate and "bagged" them.  

There seems to be some success with the small new growth and the tops of the tall canes are dying off.

I'm wondering whether I am wasting my time doing it this way as I am unsure how long it will take to work down into the roots.

Is it better to cut every single cane down to a few inches and then paint the cuts with .....what ?

Physically digging out has worked to a certain extent but impossible to do all as other shrubs/plants close by which I'd like to keep.

Any advice greatfully received 

Gladioli seeds

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:31

Does depend where you are located as to whether Glads will survive in the ground overwinter.

I don' bother lifting mine as they survive and multiply here ( SW UK )


Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:17

I'd agree with Bob's advice 

Interestingly enough, my vine has done extremely well this year - 30 good bunches - whilst other things in the garden have suffered from the weather in one way or another.

Potato question--purple on skin

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:08

Kestrel seem to be a popular supermarket variety but they are normally only "spotted" with purple. I grew some this year - nice, floury and good for Baked or Mash

Must agree with Nutcutlet tho - the strays that grow in odd places are often extremely tasty

Alchemilla mollis

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:45

If it is a 1st year plant/new seedling,  usually it won't flower until the 2nd year.  Once you have them, you have them for life as they are prolific self seeders.

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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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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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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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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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Kniphofia Tawny King

Anyone growing this one ? 
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