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Eranthis cilicica (one of the Winter Aconites)

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:41

Don't wait for them to turn brown though. Gently stroke the seed pods and if they open then take the seed while it is still pale coloured. Sow straight away, cover lightly and keep moist. Rodents love them so take care. they do not need any heat, just keeping moist.

Not so black and white

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 08:44
Wayside says:

@Berghill what do you think is the trick with the bottles?  Why do badgers dislike them?

See original post

 Absolutely no idea, it was something told to me by another badger sufferer. We also hung strips of plastic on the fence as the flapping is supposed to spook them.

We have 5 setts within a mile of us.

Rosadendrum help

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:21

Stop watering with tap water. If you must water it then only use rain water. I would give it a dose of Sequestrene to counteract the effect of the tap water. BUT only if the soil is very dry. They do not like to be waterlogged.


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:02

Good time to feed them too.

Not so black and white

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:00

Very difficult to stop them. We lost over 3,000 tulip bulbs t them last year. All you can do is find the point of entry and block it off. I have had to put a couple of hundred metres of wire netting fence around the perimeter.

We were told that they would not dig where there were empty (well half full of water to stop them blowing away) clear plastic bottles. Looks a bit odd, but they have not come back in since we put up the fencing and placed the bottles round the base of it.

They are creatures of habit so if you can break the habit of them coming into your garden then the problem may well go away.

Most of the things suggested on the Web are actually illegal so take care.


Posted: 21/04/2017 at 14:37

The active ingredient is Cypermethrine which is a pyrethroid and thus toxic to Bees, Fish and Cats.

Turquoise berried shrub

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 21:13

We have one and it berries without another in sight.

Turquoise berried shrub

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 15:36

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion has odd coloured berries and is not too large.


Posted: 20/04/2017 at 13:56

The first 2 need very little doing. You can if you have the patience go over them and remove the finished flowers. I never do. If happy they my well seed around for you. If the clumps get too big then it is easy to pull out the offending bits.

The Saxony ones need the same sort of treatment too. Just go over them with a pair of scissors and cut off the dead flowers. Or not, if you are time pressed.

These are so called Mossy Saxifrages by the way,

Last edited: 20 April 2017 13:58:11


Posted: 20/04/2017 at 11:46

That depends on which Saxifrages you have planted. There are different types and each requires a different method of growing.

Can you remember the names and add them to this question?

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