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by Lys
Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: how to keep slugs & snails out & the cats alive
Replies: 22
Views: 1115

Re: how to keep slugs & snails out & the cats alive

For a source of coffee grounds call into Starbucks, they are giving them away! They are packaged in large brick sized bags, near the counter and labelled 'Free' :D I picked up a bag that I intend to water in around a plant which tends to get scale - apparently used in the USA against scale and mealy...
by Lys
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: begonia luxurians
Replies: 26
Views: 1822

Re: begonia luxurians

Dave - I know this is an older post but was looking for info on B. luxrians...then I saw your photos. Third photo, right hand corner shows a lovely dark leaved variagated plant. Please can you tell me what it is and where you got it! (I have been looking for strobilanthes last year with no success a...
by Lys
Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: musa sikkimensis
Replies: 28
Views: 1864

Re: musa sikkimensis

I know its not a M. sikkimensis but still lovely foliage..... I contacted Easy Tropicals afew months ago about availability of E. Ventricosum Maurelii as plug plants. I had a couple of them last year, they grew to be lovely healthy plants. They advised that they would be back in stock again from mid...
by Lys
Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: More additions....
Replies: 8
Views: 628

Re: More additions....

I've been looking at some of those rhizomes at harts very tempting :D I was tempted and succumbed...C.Stuttgart, C.Russian Red, C.Grandiose. In my garden canna foliage shreds less in the wind compared to banana,(not that I've removed the Ensete from my to buy list). Cant wait to receive them and ge...
by Lys
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Looking for Tradescantia Spathacea for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Looking for Tradescantia Spathacea for sale

You could contact Shrubland Park Nurseries. They list it on their web site, though listed as 'temporarily unavailable.' Let us know if you have any luck - the plant looks great!
by Lys
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Planting After Scale
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Planting After Scale

I am planning on removing an outdoor grape vine, which has had a series of scale insect infestations. Its days are up as I've been given a Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'. I wondered if there's anything you recommend I should do before I plant the Campsis? Will the insect be able to overwinter ...
by Lys
Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:57 am
Forum: Growing tips, hints, and discussions
Topic: Plants That You Would Like To See On The Market:
Replies: 22
Views: 2023

Re: Plants That You Would Like To See On The Market:

Many of the plants already mentioned, also Clerodendron, Justicia, Musa, Strobilanthes. Both Impatiens niamniamensis and Solanum quitoense are already on my list of plants to look out for/grow this year :) Generally speaking I would be particularly interested in somewhere supplying plug plants/corms...
by Lys
Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Plants for THIS year.
Replies: 62
Views: 2743

Re: Plants for next year.

New decking required. A new tree fern. Also plan to sink my old dead tree fern trunks and grow clematis up them. Hopefully manage to chill out there for once. Have you thought about having a tree fern going through the decking, as if you built the decking around it. I haven't but I like your thinki...
by Lys
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Solid cold frame/growhouse?
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Solid cold frame/growhouse?

Tom what did you end up with? I'm looking around for something this year. After several years of using the 'tiered mini greenhouses' I've given up on them. I've had the whole thing blow off like a huge balloon. and Last year after weighting it down had the 'sturdy tubular steel' behave not so sturdi...
by Lys
Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Gardeners World 2013
Replies: 116
Views: 6987

Re: Gardeners World 2013

Found & recorded ''Montbeliardii' Don's French Gardens' (1/3) on BBC2 this morning. Doubt they'll be much if any tropical planting shown, but so few gardening progs on at the moment. :? Anyone else found any?
by Lys
Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Digitalis (ahem) illumination.
Replies: 1
Views: 480

Re: Digitalis (ahem) illumination.

Hi Stephen, How did you get on with this, any piccies? Thinking about adding Digitalis ‘Illumination Chelsea Gold' to my seed order this year (alternatively I could try Digitalis canariensis). Any thoughts? EDIT: Can only get Digitalis ‘Illumination Chelsea Gold' as 9cm plants from T&M (they are com...
by Lys
Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Kangaroo Apple (Solanum laciniatum)
Replies: 29
Views: 2909

Re: Kangaroo Apple (Solanum laciniatum)

I cut all the ripe fruit off mine as highly poisonous to stupid dogs, I find that odd, as the berries are glutinous (which I presume is a substance to induce dormancy in the seed - assumption based on that being the case in other genus), strikes me that its a failure of evolution? Surely it would b...
by Lys
Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Lillies
Replies: 15
Views: 690

Re: Lillies

Have you tried Pravado spray Lys?
Thanks Kata, I'll try this next year! They have a reprieve from the compost heap. :wink:

NB Friday's Gardeners World had a lovely selection of lilies.
by Lys
Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Lillies
Replies: 15
Views: 690

Re: Lillies

I adore lilies, and have several different varieties in the garden: Netty's Pride, Henryi, Martagon, Nepalense and my favourite African Queen. But there's been sooo much lily beetle this year I may dig them up this autumn. Just fed up of having to crush the beetles or pick off the muck/larvae. I eve...
by Lys
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Euphorbia mellifera.
Replies: 18
Views: 2164

Re: Euphorbia mellifera.

Called into Special Plants, near Bath yesturday and picked up a E.stygiana. Apparently a cutting from the plant in Oxford Botanic Gardens!!! Loads of interesting plants (also found a Amicia zygomeris which I've wanted for years), would recommend a visit! :D