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tree bumblebees in a bird box

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 14:04

Thanks Dove now i know  Ladybirds are here in Hampshire but just a little late I tghink due to the weather this year. Have seen lots of larvae on plants.

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 14:00

Not read all this thread but has anyone mentioned pelleted lions poo? Sold at GCs no smell just sprinkle like fertiliser in the area you don't want cats.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 13:14

Looks lovely and lush Keen and the hostas so healthy. Beautifully designed too! Now gonna look up Reineckia...not heard of it. 

What are these?

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 12:57

Not willowherb leaves are serrated. 

Could someone help name this Shrub?

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 12:50

Looks like Phlox paniculata but could be wrong.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 00:29

Try and find room for a winter flowering honeysuckle shrub. Lonicera fragrantissima. It flowers on bare wood in the early spring and is always covered in the first emerging bees. Smells good too  Grow Helenium for autumn flowers. They love those too.

Mutant ninja rose

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 00:14

Sara if it does turn out to be a baddy the best way to remove it without damaging your tree is slowly!

Dig around the roots with a fork. Once you have uncovered a root that you cannot pull  cut with a good strong pair of loppers. Do this all around the root ball until the centre can be pulled away. Then deal with each root left in the ground. Time consuming but the only way to do it without damage. 

Hello :)

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 00:00

Hi Bev  Can you grow quite tender plants? 

tree bumblebees in a bird box

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 23:54

Tree bumble bees? Not heard of those before. My friend has a nest in her honeysuckle on her house wall. Thought that was odd as thought bumble bees didn't make nests and lived individually in holes in the ground! Are they something new or am I just ignorant lol 

Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 23:45

I'm with fidget. A garden centre should sell stuff for the garden. Maybe other stuff at chrismas but thats it. I managed a nursery for 10 years. What customers really seemed to value was that you knew about the plants and could actually help them with choosing.

Try and offer unusual stuff. So many times garden centres are much of a muchness. Keep the place clean, weed free, plant examples of plants you sell. Let them see size form etc. Offer bargains. If a plant looks past its best reduce it drastically. customers love a bargain. Seems in this area...Hampshire...a dire shortage of alpines find out in your area what people cannot get hold of elsewhere and stock it.

And avoid dutch plants like the plague. Die more often than not, have little or no info on labels and customers want a refund!  

Would love to open one too but can't see it happening 

Discussions started by addict

Salvia UFO

Need info! 
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Flowering out of season

Always nice when it happens 
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Last Post: 17/09/2013 at 21:36


Bent and need to replace 
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Not mine  
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Last Post: 12/08/2013 at 22:40


Lots of them! 
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Last Post: 16/08/2013 at 09:03

Black gooseberries

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Last Post: 01/08/2014 at 09:21

Morning Forkers query

How do I get to the end?! 
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Last Post: 07/07/2013 at 15:29

unknown shrub

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Elderflower cordial

Nows the season 
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Last Post: 04/07/2013 at 08:09

What to plant

Hide dieback of snowflake foliage 
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Last Post: 30/06/2013 at 21:33

Hello :)

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Last Post: 08/07/2013 at 09:21
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