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Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 13:54

I am in the library 2 or 3 times a week  I know it is paid for in our council tax, but I would pay a personal  annual charge, direct to Staffordshire Library Service to keep the service.  I am currently quite happy to pay a 25 charge for each book  reserve.  As a pensioner with lots of time I get through a lot of books!

As for charity shops: I wonder where    gets books for 10p?  The charity shop where I volunteer charges £1.49 per paperback!   Anyway, you can't request specific titles in a charity shop.    Mags 

unknown grass

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:38

I've had another look at images.  That's not it.  The plant I want has a panicle growing up from the base on a stalk.  The acorus calamus shows a flower then a seed head growing out of a leaf.  Mags

unknown grass

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:35

I think that might be it, nut cutlet.  The plant I am thinking about had dark brown panicles.  I guess this acorus calamus goes brown.   But it is described as having a fragrance of cinnamon, nutmeg and something else spicy which is what I remember. Wikki says it has 'an aphrodisiac scent' - yes- it does!      Thank you very, very much.  Mags

unknown grass

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:09

Sorry - photo impossible.  I had the plant 5 or 6 years ago and threw it out the following March when I thought it had died. Silly me for being so hasty! I don't know what came over me to do that. I didn't know anything about patience then.  Mags

Talkback: How to force amaryllis bulbs for Christmas

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:05

2 of my local garden centres have them.  Keep searching!

unknown grass

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:03

Several years ago I bought a grass with no name.   I would love to know what it was called so I can try to get a replacement.  Height:  approx. 100cm.  The panicles  were dark brown and resembled bulrushes.  It had a wonderful spicy fragrance. Sorry, don't know what shade of green the leaves were but I don't think they were long and arching.  If anyone can give me a clue I would be very pleased.  I've looked at the images on floralinq website but can't fund it. One of penesetum looks close but there is no mention of the fragrance.   Thank you, Mags

Runner Beans

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 16:24

I grew Prizewinner R-beans this year.  Lovely long straight pods and they are still wonderfully tender and almost strong-free!  I've always grown Scarlet Emporer in the past but I will stick to Prizewinner from now on.   Mags 

canterbury bells & jacobs ladder

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 14:21

Thanks a lot fidget.  My task for this afternoon on this beautiful sunny day!  Mags

Fab Gardening Programme

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 12:19

I'm a fan of Beechgrove too.  I like it because it is basic stuff anyone can have a go at and not fancy, exotic stuff that only experts with specialist facilities would attempt.  Mags

canterbury bells & jacobs ladder

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 12:14

The C.Bells are grown from seed and  I have 6 lovely strong little plants and 6 smaller ones.  The J.Ladder is one plant I bought.  Can these all go out now or keep till spring (in cold frame or garage?) .  Also, will the J.Ladder seed all over the place? !!  Thanks, Maggie

Discussions started by staffsmags

cleaning bird feeders

What sterilising product 
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anyone used this brand?

Molloy's Multipurpose compost 
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when to cut back Fountain Grass?

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BIG BIRD WATCH

How to submit results? 
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porridge oats

ok to feed to birds? 
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Feeding Amarylis

What to use? 
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Last Post: 09/03/2015 at 18:38

only leaves

Amarylis not producing flower stem 
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unknown grass

what could it have been? 
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Last Post: 31/10/2014 at 14:38

canterbury bells & jacobs ladder

plant out now or in spring? 
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Last Post: 02/09/2014 at 14:21

Xmas Presents Amaralyis x 2

What to do with amarylis now? 
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black opal tomato plant

leaves discoloured - why? 
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What is this pest?

'Marshmallow' type stuff 
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COSMOS pinching out

Should they be pinched? 
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Last Post: 29/05/2014 at 10:24

Pruning a Salix Flamingo

Am I to late? 
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Camelia query

Should I cut off lowest branches? 
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