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Golfinches have landed!

Posted: Yesterday at 17:39
Back in early January I had a flock of goldfinches here in my urban garden in the NE The fed on the sunflower hearts. So of course off I went and bought Niger seed. Then didn't see a one for over two weeks they did revisit last week but seemed as happy on the sunflower hearts. When the Niger is finished, should I saw if! I won't buy more. I don't buy mixed seed anymore the smaller birds didn't eat a lot of it but it really attracted the pigeons and magpies which I don't want to encourage particularly

Garden worms in indoor pots

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:09
Thanks for the quick reply. No sign of anything on the surface just fine the saucer.

Garden worms in indoor pots

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 20:58
I'm overwintering potted plants on a bedroom windowsill I've come to realise some of them have either earth worms or more probably brandling worms living in the compost. The plants seem to be doing OK but I'm concerned that damage might occur to plants in smaller pots before Spring comes. Anyone any ideas how I might safely eradicate them? Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks

Dutch Iriss

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 17:14
Hi Jason, I suppose it depends how bent they are, I'm pretty sure the flower bud is already formed in miniature and grows out the top of the stem as the season progresses. All you can do is wait and see. Perhaps you could push in some twiggy sticks to help support them. Good luck

Japanese Maple

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 12:59
I was too enthusiastic in buying and growing Acers. I planted them too close together initially about 15 years ago. I love them but do have to manage them as they are now growing into each other. I was advised about 5 years ago to prune or cut back in the depths of winter when they are dormant. If left until early spring they have a tendency to bleed as the sap rises. We have cut out quite large branches with no problem, just for info I'm in the NE.

Wilko Perennials

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 19:32
Don't know if they're in the shops yet but on line seeds are 3 for 2 and price is very reasonable at Wilkinsons.
Aldi has pot grown bulbs, seemed good quality, at ??1.99

Contorted Hazel

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 17:42
I'm sure it's best to pull it away but We find it impossible. Mine get cut off, my husband, the under gardener, has to slide underneath as if he was in the SAS(I wish!) mind they do grow back.
I know it's dull the rest of the year but mine is currently awash with baby catlkins, worth it just for that, roll on Spring. 2* here in the NE with a tiny sprinkling of snow.

Talkback: Looking back

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 17:36
Well you've pushed me in the direction of ending my subscription. As as way to fill these cold non gardening days I've been sorting through back copies of GW really intending to take them to our caravan. Well....very little reason to keep them, very light and samey, I have subscribed for many years but not really learning anything new although I do use the 2-4-1 card which saves me money.
Buttercupdays....I think I might give Which Gardening another subscription I sump scribed for years but then swapped to GW.

Vine weevils

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 15:51
Thanks for those timings Verdun I wasn't sure.
I have a memory of a post that suggesting standing a pot rim deep in water plus something else perhaps for 24hrs to drown the little devils. Can anyone through any light on this.

Daff & tulip shoots already?

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 23:07

Hi Tomsk, like you I was clearing up and I've got Muscari ( Grape Hyacinths)  flowering, luckily I've got big drifts of them so hopefully plenty of flowers in the Spring. Nature will do as she will re flowering times. A hard winter will slow flowering.

As for your dahlias mine were like yours but mine are now lifted and stored as I didn't want to risk losing them if there were heavy frosts. Check out other Dahlia threads for options.

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