Latest posts by sotongeoff

Overwintering perennials

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 12:54

Mrs M is from Renfrewshire?- which is probably not as mild a climate as Cornwall

Fork Handles

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 12:50

Jo-this is a very small step into fulfilling the Spanish dream-at the moment am being a bit sneaky but trying to get a realistic valuation and what an outsider thinks-then see where we go from there

Becks is looking at her phone, Dad is on the phone,Jess just just checking all her fingers are still there and the lady of the house is contemplating washing up?-a snapshot of the modern family

Pudsey who won BGT has written his memoirs

and has a calendar out for 2013


Talkback: How to prune your plants

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 12:39
fairy54 wrote (see)
Do I cut back fuschias and pot grown magnolias?

Hardy fuchsias are cut back next year down to the ground-around March/April

Magnolias seldom need pruning

over wintering a Tree fuchsia Pattie Sue

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 12:23

Cut it back by about half-let it dry our but not dust dry-then just a dribble of water occasionally-all you are trying to do is let it have a rest over the winter and just keep it ticking over-you don't want it sitting in damp cold compost when it is not actively growing

Dark corners

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 12:12

No -don't bother -buy the cheapest one you can find for your needs-ok the backing will deteriorate over time but then just buy another one-there was a similar discussion a few weeks back-will see if I can find it

Overwintering perennials

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 12:09

Snapdragons-antirrhinums -are an annual once they have flowered that is it.

Osteospermum will not tolerate frost -usually treated as a one year plant -then discarded

Chysanthemum -will stay in the ground all year and flower around September or so-that can be cut right back after flowering

Don't know much about gerberas

Fork Handles

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 12:01

Still at least you were warned Bjay-perhaps you will be invited round later for nibblesand to test the toilet facilitues-I am glad the pole saga is reaching its conclusion

I am sure Jo the roof will be fine

I have made a big decision that I may regret-have asked an estate agent to value the house-coming Tuesday

Pistachio plants

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 11:47

From an American site


and again

Back to the drawing board I am afraid


Pistachio plants

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 11:38

It is grown in hot, hot countries with long summers and mild winters-it may tolerate a certain degree of frost- but we do not have the Summer conditions to grow it

As far as I am aware no commercial growers cultivate this here -which tells its own story,


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