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Alnwick poison garden

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 21:24

When you get to Edinburgh don't forget the Royal Botanic Garden which is just stunning .... rhododendrons and azaleas out just now .... loads of lovely trilliums & epimediums ...   and the rock garden is just lovely.

If you are there on Sunday 8th May they have the annual plant fair!

drains need hiding but easy access

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 13:30

Hi Mo6,

I've managed to hide 2 large manhole covers and my septic tank cover.

I've created herbaceous borders which were deliberately shaped to be sure of including them. I then covered them with a couple of layers of heavy duty landscape fabric (I bought one that doesn't fray) and cut it to size with a generous margin around. I then bought danish trays from LBS Horticultural and filled these with compost and shallow rooted  / spreading perennials ( eg geranium biokovo) that will cope with a bit of a disturbance when needed. The trays then disappear once the plants are mulched. The septic tank has to be emptied every 18 months, but it's easy enough to lift the tray and clear off any soil ... then lift the landscape fabric to get access. Have had this in place for 10 years now and it seems to work for me.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 13:15

Dozens of housemartins arrived here (Southern Scotland) on 10th April ... a week earlier than last year. 

It's perishing here .... they'll be wishing they'd stayed back a few weeks on warmer shores!


Posted: 14/04/2016 at 13:04

I've also found that they provide good service.

The delivery guys are always pleasant and are happy to take back anything that I decide not to keep. On one occasion it was a box of chocolates which I was taking to a relative in a few weeks .... the use by date would have elapsed by then. They told me I could keep them anyway and still organised the refund.  Free chocolate ... what's not to like!

Grape hyacinths

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 13:50

Thanks Steve .... they won't spread too much if you don't let them seed!

Talkback: 10 plants to help bees through winter into spring

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 13:48

Hi All,

Good winter / early spring plants for honeybees are:-

Crab apple - nectar and pollen

Cornus Mas - nectar and pollen

Forsythia - nectar and pollen

Pulmonaria - pollen

Helleborus niger - nectar and pollen when there's really not much else around!

Winter aconite - great early source of nectar and pollen

also blackthorn, hazel, willows and field maples.

Grape hyacinths

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 13:27

Hi Steve,

Just to say, these are a fabulous source of both nectar and pollen for honey bees. Please don't throw them away but plant them up wherever you can. 

Gardens to compensate for increased building around me

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 13:04

Hi Katfish,

You could consider planting a range of willows in your paddock ... very decorative and easy to coppice every year. You get the added bonus of lovely stems for plant supports / flower arranging  / basketwork etc.

I have a very damp area in my garden that I rather grandly call my "osier" .... the willows are lovely and are very popular with our bees as a source of early pollen. The ground is still damp (but then the whole garden is wet at the moment) but the willow patch is far less squelchy since I planted it up.

I bought my plants from a company called World of Willows who were super.



Posted: 03/04/2016 at 12:44

Be worth giving the cardboard a really good soaking before you lay the muck on top, it will breakdown quicker.

Swallows, swifts and martins - have you seen them yet?

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:24

Hi Dove,

Usually mid-April here in southern Scotland .... will keep you posted.

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