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Rat spotted

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 22:10

Well if we're swapping rat stories... I store my Christmas decorations in the loft, early one December I was lifting them out when I realised one of the  cardboard boxes had a hole chewed in it. Further investigation showed a stored away chunky red candle had been chewed to a core! No sign of the rat but a pile of droppings. No idea how it got into the loft, newish house with cavity wall insulation ah well It could have been worse.



Posted: 20/10/2014 at 17:01

I try and keep pot grown tulip bulbs from one season to the next. I feed with Tomato fertiliser once they are well grown  and if I've enough time and energy I lift and store over summer. That said I've a couple of big pots and I have left them for two years now next spring will be the third so it's fingers crossed. If I was you I'd gently tip them out and sort them,, they may have split into small bulbs which won't flower next year. If they look ok replant them into fresh compost. Many DIY stores and online companies sell off bulbs half price at this time of year so keep your eyes open for a bargain. 

Potting on Auricula's

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 16:52

I remember reading somewhere, I'll look for the book later,  that Auriculas are relatively dormant after flowering ie the summer and start re growing from the autumn. I have some in pots which are in my cold greenhouse now and they are starting to produce new leaves. If I was you I'd pot them on but not into large pots and keep them moist but not too wet. 

If I find out anything else I'll repost..good luck

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 23:07

Glad I'm not the only one who has recently had a rat visitor. I left a Tupperware container, remember them, filled with sunflower hearts by the back door as I intended to fill the feeders to start feeding the birds again. The next day I realised it was on its side. Ratty had chewed the corner off!  can't decide what to do, just ignoring things for now.

Anyone know what this is please?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 20:18

i reckon Echeveria too. GG I have the same three as you have in that lovely container. I've never been able to identify the full variety of the large one, the pinky purple one at the front is variety Duchess of Nuremberg the twisty silvery one in the middle is variety Topsy Turvy. It's true the aren't frost hardy but I enjoy growing them. Quite easy to root and grow on any offshoots. My only gripe is vine weevils seem to have a special liking for them, little devils!


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:59

Mixed observations from here in the NE, far less wasps in the garden but I've just discovered a still active wasp nest in my loft it's about 18 inches big! Don't know where they've been nipping off to!

am I right in saying the new queens will hibernate somewhere else ie not the nest and it will be safe to destroy it if I can reach it?

Orchid problems

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:48

I use a deep bowl, place pot in and fill with tepid water to rim of orchid pot, if it's deeper all the orchid compost will float out. When you look through the plastic pot what are the roots like. Healthy roots are almost pencil thick and white, dead roots appear brown. The roots I can see at the top of the pot look ok, 

the flower stem is now dead so cut it off, you perhaps initially cut it too far back. When it flowers again, fingers crossed, enjoy them then as the last flowers go over trim it to the nearest node, little bobble bulge, below the flowers. 

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 10:57

I too enjoy sempervivums in terracotta pots although mine are prone to vine weevil yuk. As I said I'm in the NE but my houseleeks live out doors against the house wall and do ok. I've stopped gritting mine as I found the off shoots didn't root through it and I wanted nice full cushiony pots if you get my drift. have you tried echeverias which look like big houseleeks? , I do overwinter them in my cold greenhouse and even the bedroom window sill. The have very peculiar flowers in orange red. 

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 15:46

my blackbirds are manic they'll pull out anything they can get their beaks on, my pots of cuttings and new beds all get festooned with wire netting squares to attempt to defeat them. At least I don't get bothered with squirrels, but I have had move burrowing in pots of've got to love nature to be a gardener I reckon.

best of luck with the cuttings

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 15:07

Just an update to my original post and again thanks for the info. My Aeonium has been out doors all summer and seems to have grown by about another 10 inches. It has a whole circle of off shoots but non grew big enough to detach so hopefully they will grow a bit more next Spring and I can propagate them then. I also bought for 50p a discarded Aeonium Kiwi, it's a sprawler. It's done well and when I accidentally broke a stem off I tried the tips as cuttings and they appear to have rooted ..yippee another free plant.

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