- I live/garden in central Scotland. A relatively newbie garden with lots to learn!I developed a bit of a thing for Snowdrops a couple of years back and just love how cheery they look when little else is in bloom.
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16 Jan 2018 16:13
Thank you Marlorena, yes not the greatest of specimens (yet, I hope) all the ones on sale were identical to this and the GC I bought it from is a good one, so I am hoping it becomes a lovely specimen in time, like yours is.
batwood14 - it is an odd looking 'twig' and to be honest, I was really none the wiser when I bought it just how it should look since I have only ever seen 2 mature ones. It is labelled from Hilliers Nursery, sold locally and a reputable place. I also wondered if perhaps it has been grafted or would the lower growth be older growth?
Please, can either of you explain just how I pinch out the tip? I've only ever pinched out bedding before. Thanks again.
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13 Jan 2018 19:50
Thanks Paul. I'm wondering now if I should chance it in the side garden. Although it can be windy Rhoddies, Camellias, Magnolia stellata and an acer thrive.
13 Jan 2018 17:52
After many years on my plant wish list, I finally managed to source and buy the afore mentioned Daphne. The instructions on the label are as follows:
So what exactly is pinch out lead growing point and what does that achieve? Also does the 2nd year mean after it has been growing in the garden for 2 whole years or the year after planting?
I understand that this plant may not be fully hardy up here, so I intend to keep it in a pot so I can over winter it in a cold greenhouse. What growing medium should I use? Many thanks in advance.
12 Nov 2017 15:05
You can buy feeders with trays on the bottom which helps cut down the amount of feed that ends up on the ground. Let your cats patrol but ensure they have bells on their collars. The bells alert the birds, I find it works. I have lots of birds visiting with very few casualties.
12 Nov 2017 14:51
I haven't used those particular ones Iamweedy. The ones I used were from B&Q and I wouldn't recommend them for a permanent non slip path, especially on a slope.
10 Nov 2017 15:48
I bought half a dozen to use as a temporary path when I was working in a very muddy part of the garden. They did the job temporarily but because in general the area tended to get very dirty and when wet I found they were very slippy. I almost did the splits on a few occassions. They do come with a textured surface that's supposed to aid grip but I didn't find that the case. I suppose in gravel they might do the trick.
19 Sep 2017 14:05
Thank you everyone.
Sheps, I am glad I am making a difference. I had a wee peep in the hedgehog house over the weekend and think there is a resident. Many leaves etc inside along with the straw I put in. I need to figure out a way to detect as I don't yet have a wildlife camera.
Mark56, I'm even getting the neighbours in on the act by making them all aware. Do you have any advice on how to detect if there is a hog in my box? I don't want to disturb and chase it away.
Danc - do you garden with them in mind? It might be a good way to encourage them in your current garden.
popsy06 - do some research and try to make your garden as HH friendly as possible. I first realised I had them around in the garden when I discovered their poop. There is lots of information on here and elsewhere about encouraging them.
phillipa smith2, I think, as you say, encouraging them is exactly all we can do. I have found that since cutting out chemicals, encouraging wildlife of all kinds in the garden, I am seeing less pests and things seem to be sorting themselves out.
13 Sep 2017 13:34
After losing one of our hedgehogs earlier in the year I wasn't really sure just how many were visiting. Often a single one is seen at a time and occassionally a pair. A neighbour tells me that she has seen a mother with a couple of young a few times but not regularly. It was about this time last year I noticed the mother and her young and set about feeding them up for winter. After seeking advice on here we managed to get them to a good size and hope they managed to make it through winter. I will never know if that was successful or not. I have everyone in the house on hedgehog mummy watch at the moment. I work nights so am often not around when they are. I will one day get myself a camera!
The other night, finally, 3 hogs were spotted in the garden at once and my son managed to get a quick shot of them. Not the greatest shot but it thrilled me no end to know that their numbers appear to be increasing by my efforts and gives me the encouragement to carry on. Here are the 3 amigos!
13 Sep 2017 13:15
It's just about time for the big plant pot shuffle so am now clearing out the greenhouse. This is my first year growing tomatoes and cucumbers, much to my surprise, they have done really well.
I understand that I can reuse the growbag compost (decanted into pots for growing plants) by spreading it around the borders. However, I remember reading somewhere once that tomato feed was alkaline rather than acidic. Therefore, if spreading on the borders should I avoid areas where plants that prefer conditions neutral/acidic grow? Will there be much trace of the tomato feed in the compost. I've spread compost from pots of annuals around the borders before with no consequences. Am I bothering about nothing?
Thanks, I hope this isn't too much of a stupid question.
04 Sep 2017 16:43
My wee grandson discovered this wee beauty in the garden yesterday. Since identified as a Ruby Tailed Wasp (Chrysis sp.) ask cuckoo wasp. They don't sting, however they lay their eggs in the nests of other solitary bees and wasps, especially the mason bee.
04 Sep 2017 14:16
Thank you Buttercupdays. I'll leave them well alone for the time being.
04 Sep 2017 13:17
Top one is Brunera, possibly Jack Frost. 2 is Pulmonaria (lung wort), may be easier to identify when it flower and 3 is Stachys officinalis.
04 Sep 2017 12:28
Some of my hellebores are looking a bit worse for wear. I normally wouldn't think about cutting back the old foliage until spring.
Would cutting them back now be wise? I also note that a couple are looking a bit nutrient deficiant, this one's even flowering. They were all fed with chicken manure pellets last spring, is there anything else I can use to give them what they need. Thanks in advance.
02 Sep 2017 20:13
you've done a great job cloggie. Just you wait, it won't be long until there is plenty activity in there. please may I ask what that grass is? It's a cracker!
02 Sep 2017 20:00
I agree with Hostafan1. I got a bit of a fright when I first notices the stems, thinking it was some sort of insect damage.
02 Sep 2017 19:27
right been out - not getting the almond essence. It's gonna come to me one day!
02 Sep 2017 19:14
I'm off out now to think almond essence! I'll report back in a mo.
02 Sep 2017 14:33
Fairygirl, I'm generally not that great with scent either but this one I can detect. No it's not the cat pee thing. I have a Salvia that smells of that! It's definetly a nice scent.
Me too Joyce21 - I've been getting wiffs of it all day and still can't quite put my finger on it.
Bee witched - I hope you've better weather today and can finally nail it for us.
Silver Surfer - yes, brunette is very similar.
01 Sep 2017 17:40
Does anyone grow this beautifully scented plant? The scent reminds me of something and I can't pin it down and it's frustrating me no end!!!!!!!
01 Sep 2017 17:23
Is this not just aging spots which you should expect at this time of the year.