The Bird Lady

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Portulaca - first timer

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 10:47

I've decided to go for Portulaca this year and I'm going to plant some in my window boxes and hanging baskets.  Do I pinch them out to induce bushiness or are they naturally bushy?  I have received some lovely little plugs which I've potted on so bring on the warmer weather please!

Clivia has a flower coming - what next?

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 08:42

It's only tiny at the moment so I'll move it somewhere less cold but not quite indoors for a while.



Clivia has a flower coming - what next?

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 12:38

I have a Clivia that my husband rescued a few years ago from a back garden which was under snow at the time.  That year, it flowered like mad but since then I've had nothing. 

Last year I decided to leave it outside under the car port from October, it's still there now but this morning I noticed the beginnings of a bud!!  Yippee, but what now - shall I bring it indoors yet, or leave it outside for a while longer?  We are on the South coast so the worst we've had this Winter has been -2.  I don't want to ruin it by warming it up unnecessarily.


Lantana grown as standard

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 17:18

Cheers!  Good luck with your fuchsia and I will report progress regarding the Lantana on here in due course. 


I'm growing it from seed so it will be a while yet!

Lantana grown as standard

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 10:34

We've grown Lantanas as bushes for a few years, having first come across them in Tenerife.  We also remember seeing a very large Lantana standard in a garden centre years ago and would love to try one ourselves.  Jim at Beechgrove has started one but I can't find the programme that it was on.

Has anyone grown a standard Lantana - I'd be grateful for any hints, advice etc.


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 08:20

Prior to receiving this one, I had never had any interest in Orchids but I think I'm becoming hooked now!

Why are the leaves of my tulips mouldy?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 08:10

Thanks very much for that. I'll wait and see what happens with the rest of them and then I'll dig them up. 

Is there a problem with the website today – it’s driving me nuts!

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 08:08

It's strange that, just after I created the thread complaining about the website, it suddenly perked up and today it's keeping up with me again, so at the moment, all seems well. 


@ Edd - I know what you mean.  I do touch type and I think that was even more frustrating because the letters took ages to appear!

Home made compost - why do I get seedlings?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 13:48

 Thanks for that - I was thinking it was just me!  I've had potatoes before now!

No I don't use it for sowing.

Cheers both! 

Why are my seedlings yellowish

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 13:46

Thank you!

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