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Postby Luthien79 » Wed Aug 06, 2003 2:51 pm

Well, the UK gardens have been putting up with scorching temperatures. Today was the hottest day for 13 years here and was close to breaking the all time record. It was about 35 celsius where we are but hotter further south. I think that 35.9 celsius was the highest recorded temperature for today but the record may be broken on saturday when the temps rise again and it may go to 36 or 37. I think they said 37.1 celsius (99F) was the highest ever recorded here.<BR><BR>Very uncomfortable heat and also very muggy and makes you all sweaty and sticky.<BR><BR>Might sound cold to some of you over there in the states but it is more humid here which makes the heat seem worse. Lots of brits go abroad, including the US like Florida but they say that it seems cooler even though it is hotter because the air is dryer.<BR><BR>Well, some heat intolerant people didn't even want to leave the house but I was out much of the day suffering it. We went to a couple of garden centres too and I got another cactus for my ever expanding collection.<BR>I'm going to buy a second greenhouse this autumn so that my collection can carry on expanding next year.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>My Bonsai tree is also coming along great with loads of new green leaves and lots of growth. I pruned a few off yesterday because I want to start getting to grow into a nicer shape.
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Postby Lindonbayne » Wed Sep 24, 2003 1:20 pm

greetings all!<BR><BR>Speaking as a gardening newbie, (mainly due to lack of own garden <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0>) does anyone have any advice on planting horse chestnuts?<BR><BR>BB
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Postby Aiwe » Wed Sep 24, 2003 4:01 pm

Hello, Lindonbayne! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>The only seed I tried germinate that ever got damping-off (gray fuzzy mold that kills off seedlings) was a horse chestnut. So, I don't know if this is necessarily the <i>right</i> way to germinate a horse chestnut, but I'd recommend really good drainage, moderate watering (no complete soaking), and good air circulation (put it in a large, well-used room; I kept mine in my little bedroom with the door shut all day, and that's probably what led to its demise). Hope that's helpful. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>--Aiwe
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Postby mytherielle » Wed Sep 24, 2003 5:16 pm

Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone!<BR>It is lovely to find that there are similarly dirty-kneed people in this forum. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I hail from sunny Australia, where the gardens are native(well, some, anyway!) the spiders can kill you, and some of the plants give you nasty rashes (sorry, getting over a run-in with a grevillia <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>)<BR><BR>As the previous paragraph didn't really indicate, I love gardening, and am interested to hear from other parts of the globe about your trials, tribulations and joys in the garden.<BR><BR>May I join your conversations? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby Lindonbayne » Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:23 am

thanks, I'll try that.<BR><BR>Is it just me, or does anyone else love ripping out bindweed and stingers? I'm almost dissappointed when I've got them all
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Postby Luthien79 » Thu Sep 25, 2003 3:57 pm

We have grown some Horse Chestnuts so I'm familiar with getting those to germinate. Once they do, they grow like lightening.<BR><BR>My mum just placed them on moist multi-purpose compost in a pot with the rounded side facing up and the part where the shoot will come through facing the compost. Keep the compost moist (not waterlogged) to soften the outer case and stimulate growth. A green shoot will appear from beneath the seed and grow round the side of it and upwards. This is pretty much how things would happen out in the wild which is why my mum did it that way. It worked anyway. As for drainage, no drainage material was added to the compost. I'd try growing them in containers or pots at first and once they have germinated and grown a bit, take them out and put them in the garden where you want them. Be warned, these things can grow several feet in one season as ours have done.<BR>My mum never had a problem with rot and fungi with ours.<BR><BR>Good luck! I love Horse Chestnuts, they are gorgeous trees when fully grown.<BR><BR>Well, my winter and easter flowering cacti along with my epiphyllum and a few more plants have been moved back into the porch because we have started getting frosts at night already. Some of the earlier winter flowering cacti have buds on already.<BR>I'm also preparing my greenhouse for winter. I have the second heater and bought an extension cable with 6 sockets so I can plug bo9th heaters in plus a fan when I get one and will still have 3 more sockets spare for a 3rd heater maybe and other things I might need. An insect repellent device and a radio wouldn't go amiss, LOL.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>During next month, I'll also be putting up the insulation in the greenhouse. Bubble wrap (Tension sheet) up the vertical sides then muslin in the apex area.<BR><BR>Winter is always a worrying time for me regarding my cacti because some of them don't like the cold at all and with it also being moist here, that is even worse for them when it is cold.
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Postby Sardo_Solarion » Wed Oct 08, 2003 9:30 am

Hi everyone, I'm in Maine and until recently never had a chance to grow anything, my front yard was the sidewalk in Bar Harbor <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>. (I'd never even used a lawn mower until a year ago!) Never the less I have a new house and I'm trying grow a grenn thumb, however it's steadily turning brown<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> I'm still working on extending the house and barely have time to work on the yard but I have manged to build a small water garden as far as a 4.5'X12' pond and am working on making a stream into it. What I need is advice on low maintenance plants and flowers<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>Right now i have a dying dwarf Rohdadendrun, orange rose bush wich won't bloom but not dead, a japanese maple which is doing well, dead Azelias<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> and a thriving burning bush. I also had a blue magic columbine which thrived and suddenly died<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR>Some hints and tips would be much appreciated for this browning thumb!<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby Luthien79 » Fri Oct 17, 2003 1:50 pm

Hello.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Well, this autumn has been very dry and mild for the UK. We'e only had 34% of our normal rainfall for this time of year. It is all set to change next week by all accounts though. Rain and even sleet coming further north in the UK.<BR><BR>I have been putting the bubblewrap up in the greenhouse, preparing it for winter. Just a few bits to see to then the muslin will be going up. I'll be doing that this Sunday when I have a day off before the rubbish weather starts next week.<BR><BR>One of my winter flowering cacti has started to bloom in the porch as well.
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Postby Sardo_Solarion » Sun Oct 26, 2003 4:09 pm

Cat attack! I just got a cane plant for inside and my cat has decided that it taste great! Is there anything I can put on the leaves to keep her away or should I just keep attacking her with water? Home Depot had a sale and I just couldn't resist, appaerently neither can my cat.
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Postby Aiwe » Sun Oct 26, 2003 6:35 pm

I don't know much about keeping cats away from plants, but unless you have already done so, CHECK and make sure that your new cane plant isn't a <i>daffenbachia</i> (Dumb Cane) or other poisonous plant! Pets will munch on anything regardless of whether or not it's healthy!<BR><BR>--Aiwe
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Postby theduffster » Sun Nov 02, 2003 5:15 am

Hey, gardeners! Wow, have I been busy. Gardening never seems to end, I just change the chores. Now I'm in "cleaning up before winter" mode, and I'd like to plant some bulbs before it's too cold. <BR><BR>Tough plants? Hmm, my hostas are pretty tough. I also like daylilies for sunny areas, nothing seems to faze them! And as for cats, I loved spraying our old cat with water when he tried climbing the screen windows. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> He was ripping the mesh, I would zap him, he'd drop to the ground all confused. It only took a few tries for him to learn, hopefully yours will learn too.<BR><BR>Nice to see this guild still going strong, with many new members. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>
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Postby Sardo_Solarion » Mon Nov 03, 2003 8:40 am

Yes the water spray is working. She sees me going towards the bottle and she does her imitation of the flash <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>. I just got some hardy indoor plants and so far so good. My african violets are not producing flowers but the leaves are hardy and green, any suggestions.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>
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Postby theduffster » Mon Nov 03, 2003 5:09 pm

Ah, african violets! I love them, but know next to nothing about them. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> My attitude is: water them, and be very surprised if they flower. Sorry I'm not much help!
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Postby Sardo_Solarion » Thu Nov 06, 2003 8:19 pm

At least the leaves are beutiful!<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby Sardo_Solarion » Wed Nov 19, 2003 10:09 am

I have a prayer plant that isn't dying buts it's not doing well either. The leaf tips are constantly brown. I water regularly with plant food and give it plenty of sunlight. Any hints?
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Postby lisapizzapie » Sun Jan 25, 2004 5:17 pm

Brrrrrr...January <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR>I just ordered my roses for this year. We you can't garden, dream of gardening <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR>The two that I'm most excited about are Variegata di Bologne (a striped bourbon rose) and Belle de Crecy (a gallica that opens bright pink and turns violet)<BR>Anyone else getting ready for spring?
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Postby Môrdil » Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:41 am

This seems quite like the place for me<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-devil.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I actually work at a manor, in a 17 hectar garden during the summers. I have a crappy garden with like no opportunities at all myself, but Ijust adore gardening! And yes, I have dirt under my nails.
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Postby lisapizzapie » Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:28 pm

17 hectares? *drool*<BR>I wouldn't care who's garden it was if I had 17 hectares <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>...and there's no such thing as a crappy garden. In the city, I'm limited to planters, and at the family cottage I have solid granite rock as a flower bed. One becomes extremely creative when one has granite and a handful of pots to work with. Roses in granite is interesting to say the least <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0>
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Postby Sardo_Solarion » Mon Feb 02, 2004 1:10 pm

Believe me I know about granit. Mount Desert Island is made of granit, soil is an accident around here <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> I have 3 windows in the house wich get sunlight and they are currently covered in plants <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Unfortunatly the cat is in competition for the sunny spots <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby lisapizzapie » Sun Feb 08, 2004 1:54 pm

Any little dip or crevass in the granite is a potential home for a plant in my books. If you have any loose rocks around, you can build a bit of a retaining wall for a pocket of plants.<BR>If you have some level ground, you can start piling yard waste there, crunch it down for a couple of years, and make a nice little mound to plant on
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Postby elfetawen » Thu Feb 12, 2004 11:00 am

Pretty much the way I see it too. The rock makes for great natual water features though so I've started a little pond and am working on a stream for it. I wand to build small retaining walls in front of my house for planting though because we have no porch.
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Postby Sardo_Solarion » Fri Feb 13, 2004 8:54 am

Sorry the previous post is by me <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> My wife forgot to logout.
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Postby Tookish_Traveler » Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:21 am

So, where the heck is theduffster????????????<BR><BR>They are talking about ponds here, duffy.<BR><BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0><BR>
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Postby Angvill » Fri Apr 16, 2004 11:17 am

I tried making a pond last year, with one of these expensive plastic mat-things you put in the bottom and fill sand over...and then our local GESTAPO, the geese, sabotaged the whole thing by digging and scratching the h**l out of the mat.P) This year i'm thinking about using concrete, has anyone here tried this?
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Postby Sardo_Solarion » Sat Apr 24, 2004 8:19 pm

Mine is a soft tarp pond but you can buy hard plastic ponds also, it's cheaper than concrete.
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Postby wisteria » Fri May 27, 2005 4:51 pm

So how did the ponding work out? We put a pond in a few years back...if we can keep the neighbor kids from throwing things at the fish, it works out all right. But too often they throw leaves and dirt in, which clog the filter and... you get the picture.

Yes, we've put up a fence to deter them, but their parents don't pay any attention to them and we can't be out there 24/7. Almost took it out this year, but figure they're a year older, so maybe...

Anyway, if anyone's still around and wants to talk all things green...
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