Latest posts by SFord

GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 15:55

I agree with Obilxx' earlier comment about Joe's design segment and his explanation of why things work and giving people the opportunity to explore designs that they may not have thought of - my mum's garden is similar to the one shown on friday (but not as enclosed, complete with low screens to divide the garden (although not as swanky) and she is now thinking of expanding the borders even further and getting rid of her tiny lawn path that remains.



Conservatory Plants

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 07:59

Hi mark499, what plants do you have in there now?  At the moment I have some Christmas cactus, my hibiscus, a couple of carniverous pitcher plants, some succulents I am overwintering and a couple of 'bird of paradise' plants that my mum grew from seed that seem to like it in the conditions they are in at the moment.

Although the conservatory is north facing and can get a bit chilly overnight in winter (we do have underfloor heating), it gets full sun from mid morning until early evening in the summer meaning that it gets incredibly hot, so I have to be selective about what plants I keep in there as they do scorch.


Conservatory Plants

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 14:40

Fab photos.  I have a conservatory and used to have alot of scented pelargoniums but had terrible problems with whitefly - How you you manage yours?


Bargain Buy of 2015

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 14:31

Mine was a tiny hibiscus looking sorry for itself for £3 from my local garden centre.  Bought it in September.  Its now triple the size (will need to repot very soon) and flowered continuously from end of September to early February and now has about 4 more forming.  It did pinch the earlier buds out to encourage it to bush out (which it did) but kept putting more and more buds out, so I decided to let it flower to see what colour it was (deep pink which fades to pale mauve after a day).

Early summer

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 14:22

Huge bumble spotted whilst walking the dog on 7th March in Cornwall!

Orchids - getting them to flower again

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:23

I keep my 10 or so orchids in similar conditions and they seem to flower as and when they feel like it.  Most are great and send up flower spike after flower spike continuously but I have one that has only flowered twice in the 6 or so years I've had it.  Stubborn!  Have just repotted it to see if that makes a difference.

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 14:19

Would be happy to pay more as long as it could be guaranteed that the increase would go to the farmers rather than the supermarkets.

Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora - poorly!

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 07:59

Thanks Ed - Fingers crossed

Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora - poorly!

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 15:35

Thanks - I won't write it off just yet then.  It hasn't been sitting rotting for ages. 

Due to work I only tend to get out to the shed at weekends.  Last weekend it was fine, this weekend - nope!

Leaking birdbath

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 14:57

I had the same problem with a v. expensive terracotta birdbath that cracked during its first winter.  I have used a clear sealant from your usual DIY store which seems to do the tricl.  However, I do have to scrape it off and renew it each year.  The base is now wrapped in bubble wrap and the dish is safely in the shed.

PS - I have replaced this for the winter with a few shallow (not very pretty) dishes around the garden that I keep filled.

Discussions started by SFord

Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora - poorly!

Oops - Its not looking healthy 
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Woodlice are finding my strawberries tasty! 
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Dream Potting Shed

What would you include? 
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Talkback: Carnivorous plant pot display

I bought a carniverous plant (trumpet pitcher) as an 'experiment' earlier this year and keep it in my conservatory. It obviously loves wher... 
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