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Mahonia Caress is flowering

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 08:48

Thanks Snow 


Posted: 26/10/2015 at 08:47

Last year I got a parking fine  but I had already paid.  

I always take a picture of the ticket inside the windscreen but when I got back to the car it had blown upside down and slightly out of full view.

I challenged the fine but was told I have to pay.  I emailed a copy of my pictured ticket and said I would fight....and win....the challenge on the basis of fairness and that I had paid and I was looking forward to court date.  A polite letter informed me the charge would be cancelled.  

Funnily enough I saw the traffic warden in that car park last week....not sure if it was actually same guy....and reminded him I have 15 minutes over my paid time now in law.  He said "10 minutes".  I said "minimum" and if he charged me for those 5 minutes it would be going against the newly established fair parking code.  "Ok" he said.  ....ha ha.  I have had some fun n games with parking guys 

so good  luck Jo 

Mahonia Caress is flowering

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 08:31

Yes Jo there is space for it to settle well there 

that "heading for the stars" Tetley, I like it.  I am hoping it will do that, i.e.  send spikes every year on compact foliage. That spike will be removed when flowering is over.  I wonder if there are different clones doing the rounds..? I also think it will also be bigger than suggested

Couch Grass / Twitch Weed

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 07:48

Think I understand Steve.......bit of a challenge and I like that too 


Posted: 26/10/2015 at 07:46

That's interesting welsh onion........might be a risk but I don't know.  Think I would simply take it to local dump.  

(I am wary of buying council compost these days because of the content thrown out by people.  How are we to know if jap knotweed, for example, is part of the mix?)


Posted: 26/10/2015 at 07:42

Its a patience thing Pat.....I don't have it alas 

Mahonia Caress is flowering

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 07:39

that sounds promising Supernoodle.  

just been out to take a picture....mine is just over 70 cm having just measured it. 



Posted: 26/10/2015 at 07:25

Morning aussie Pat and all

are the mornings getting LIGHTER?  This morning I didnt need my torch as I took Spike whereas last week it was dark.  Very strange 

not sure of forecast but it's warm, cloudy and dry right now

fiddly tasks like dealing with seedlings drive me up the wall Pat.  Sounds like you're winning though 

Mahonia Caress is flowering

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 22:42

Yes Tetley mine is seemingly a bit different.  I will try to post a picture tomorrow.  I have a single stem rising from low foliage.  

Mine spent the summer in a pot awaiting planting, along with a lot of plants this year

Mahonia Caress is flowering

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 22:19

It is a lovely foliage plant.......the flowers won't last too long.  

Jo, in a tub it will need good compost....john innes with prob dried manure added.

i think it's hardyness will only be established after a full winter.  

Size?  The tallest part is where its flowering, mine about 80 cm. this stem is way above the rest of the plant.  I will remove this stem after flowering this keeping it compact and anticipate several flowering stems next year.  there is not enough info about this plant so comparing notes will be useful 

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