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If you could have any plant / tree in your garden

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 08:54

As many Camellias as there are at Bodnant, ditto Eucryphia and most of all any Stewartia. None of these will grow here, we are just too cold and windy for them.

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:07

In answer to Jennifer,  it is  all to do with interest. You see something happening in the garden and go and find out from books, real experts or these days the Interweb thingy, what it is.

Two years ago we had a bee colony living in the roof space. There is only  a couple of inches between the ceiling and the roof tiles (just enough to be filled with insulation and the plasterboard inside is the insulating type) and the bess managed to get in between the tiles. Now we like having bees around the garden, but when they are nesting just above your head it is a bit more of a problem. When it was hot they fanned their wings to cool it off and the noise was tremendous. If you banged on the ceiling the buzzing was very loud and took ages to go down. We had to sleep with ear plugs in, as the noise they made went on until dark and started again at first light.

We were very glad when winter came and they died off,as they do. Also rather pleased that they were not honey bees. We did have visions of honey dripping through the plaster at one stage. Nice thing is that they do not return to the same place in the future. Good fruit set in the garden that year.

cow parsley and hogweed

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 08:52

It is called Hogweed by the way as the young stems were picked to feed to pigs. We have the red stemmed form as well as the green one. As you say, it is a flipping nuisance to get rid of and it grows so big and fast too.

cow parsley and hogweed

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 21:18

On Cow parsely which is biennial, probably. The Hog weed is likely to act like a dandelion and regenerate from any bit of root left in the ground. I paint the leaves of it with weed killer.

Plant ID

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 18:03

Unless of course it is Phlox douglasii!

That new roundup gel

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 21:21

There is some evidence emerging that it is not as inactivated in the soil as Monsanto claim. The answer to that is simple, don't waste it by spraying it on the soil.

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 20:45

Mining bees, do exactly that. they dig out a chamber and lay an egg and raise one offspring in that chamber. We have hundreds of them in the garden and very welcome they are too, even i it does mean we have to hand weed the cobbled paths as they nest in between the cobbles.

Frequemtly asked question at this time of year is about the tiny mounds of soil people find in their lawns. Not worms as sometime suggested, but these mining bees.

Plant crates

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 17:32

We used to buy them From Gordon Rigg's near Todmorden, but never seen them on sale anywhere else.

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 12:27

Sorry, did not see this. We have all three. V. Mohak is probably the best of them, though V x juddii is a close second. Mohawk starts of with red buds, opens pink and then fades to white. The scent is fantastic.

Juddii is equally scented, but pure white and not as free flowering.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 08:54

Not from that place...........They wanted £9.99 for a plant I bought elsewhere for £4.50 and they were selling at £6.99 plants I have just spent hours digging out and composting.

To be honest we only go because they have a decent car-park and toilet.

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