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Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:09

Jays are even more bad news if you are a small songbird with a nest full of babies.

Grey Squirrels are rats with good P.R. Vermin with bushy tails. And rightly classed as such too.

weed taking over lawn

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 11:36

Just wish those weeds which I don't mind in the grass paths (refuse to claim them as lawns) would stay in the grass and not migrate to the borders where they choke out things I want to grow. They even have the nerve to grow in the Veg patches! Cheeky things.

The one weed in the grass which I do prefer not to have though is a flat growing thistle. The mower just goes over the top of it and barefoot walking is a bit painful to say the least. It has spines which are almost invisible so if you pull the plant up, even with gloves on, they go into your fingers, disappear and then turn septic later on.

I also tend to kill off the Ragwort which, despite there being none in the hedgerows or fields round us, seems to re=appear each year.

Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 11:30

Nature is definitely red in tooth and claw. The thing that upset Victorians most about Darwin's Theories was that he showed that Nature does not care. Life for all those creatures is one long struggle.

Having said that there are some creatures which can go struggle somewhere else, other than my garden.

getting rid of weeds

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 11:24

If it is as it sounds, Oxalis corniculata, then when you got it , you got it.  World wide, it is now reckoned to be one of the most persistent and pernicious of weeds. Weed killer will deal with it, to  some extent, but you need to keep at it and get every scrap of it, before it flowers.

Pulling it out just leaves lots of tiny bulbils behind which regrow. The seeds explode and spread widely.

I use a Flame gun weeder on the gravel paths. While it does not get rid of it completely, it has reduced the population.

Have fun!

PS. It also comes in the peat free composts as even the heat they generate does not kill the seeds. You also buy it when you buy plants as it is rife in Nurseries. too

Stone the crows!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 17:44

Mind if there are a crowd of them, then they are rooks not crows. Rooks will eat anything, but crows tend more to eating meat.

weed taking over lawn

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 13:58

Sorry, but that is Prunella, self heal rather than clover. Normal lawn weed treatment does not seem to work on it either. I ended up pulling it out and re-seeding the patches.

Garden centre recommendations

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 18:41

Forgot to mention Charley's in Welshpool,Shrewsbury and Queensferry. Very good for hardware etc, not so good for plants.

On the Wirral, Gordale is really nice, if a bit pricey and Premier plants is excellent as a Nursery.

Bridgemere near Nantwich used to be really good for plants, but now that it is a Wyevale, it has gone down hill rapidly. We only go for the other outlets there these days.

delosperma sutherlandii

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 09:12

Sadly Tetley T the troughs are home made sinks for growing Alpine plants in, not the beautiful Lancashire countryside.

delosperma sutherlandii

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 21:24

The Delosperma survives here in the troughs. Never planted it in the soil though. Really does need extremely well drained soil and full sun to survive over winter.

Garden centre recommendations

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 21:22

Best one near us is The Dingle Nursery in either Welshpool or Guilsford. Having said that the last time we went the prices were such that we could not actually afford to buy any plants.

Other really good one is Morrey's near Chester. Excellent quality and great prices, trouble is we have bought everything they sell over the years and they do not seem to change their stock that much.

We buy most plants these days from Plant Hunter's Fairs.

 

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