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First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:50

Seems I'm behind all of you, and I thought it was really early! Still let's face it you can't beat the very first blooms of the season in your own garden. Shows the earth is stirring again despite all the floods and horrors. For budding travellers by the way - Brittany is underwater like Somerset. We were supposed to have a break there last week - Cancelled it and pulled the shutters down! Here in Normandy, we haven't had the floods, but this wind just doesn't stop.

Rose Pruning

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:36

Lawnmower's a bit drastic! Sounds like my husband, It never ceases to amaze me what he 'didn't see'!!

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:34

My Helleborus Niger are nowhere to be found and Cyclamen coum are waving a few pathetic leaves at me! You are so lucky! Just walked the dog and found first dandelion - Ok not a favourite with everyone but so cheerful and great for Dandelion Jam a little later in the year.

Homemade Cloches

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:08

After a Season at the Farmer's Markets I often find myself with cracked Plastic Storage boxes 3' x 2' - Rather than throw them away, I use them to cover tender seed rows, and in particular onion sets during the first few weeks  It doesn't matter if they get frosted or brittle through sunlight., because they would only have been thrown away earlier anyway, and I have been able to get them to last 3 Seasons so far. My only problem is that they are quite shallow, so only really serve well until seedlings are about 3/4inches high, but then they are usually able to be lifted off anyway. 

Share a wildlife-friendly plant

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:58

I got so fed up seeing bare space in my asparagus bed for most of the year that I threw a few annuals over it. Right in the middle of the potager it attracted loads of insects, and the asparagus did not seem bothered. Their furry fronds mixed beautifully with the field poppies and aquilegia. I have not weeded them out over Winter, let them seed naturally to have a wild flower garden in amongst the veg. Not only great for bees etc, but really pretty in the spirit of potager gardening.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:54

Lost my photinia Red Robin to the storms yesterday - up'd sticks and charged off down the garden - all 4ft of it! On extricating the poor soul from the shrubbery spotted my 1st Iris in flower (Wonderful sapphire blue) 1st Daffodil in flower. Definately not open the day before when I was weeding. Such a joy to see the 1st flowers. Anyone else seen their's yet?

Cheap veg seeds

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:47

Never thought of this. Glad I looked at this thread!

Hedging and Horses

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:33

Please, please do not plant blackthorn - The thorns are notorious for causing abscesses. We used to have terrible problems when the farmer trimmed his hedges, the thorns used to go up into the hoof - a blacksmith's nightmare and a vet's delight re expensive treatments!!

I too suggest a good gap between fence and hedge - Horses have long tongues as well as long necks and with the exception of holly, young leaves would be a delight!

I would suggest that you go to a tree nursery and get some really good well grown stock, so you stand a good chance of the hedge thickening quickly. Please don't be tempted to plant conifers - Colic and vet bills plus possible death if you don't know what you are putting in.

Good luck

Rose Pruning

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:27

I pruned my rugosas really hard last year and they were fabulous afterwards. Do I do this every year, or should I leave them until 2015 as the shapes are good. It is very mild here ( as everywhere I think) My neighbour succeeded in nearly murdering my roses last year when he tried to kill his conifer hedge. I lost nearly all my shrubs my side, so hesitate to prune too hard after this set back. Should I just tip to the nearest leaf bud perhaps?

Robins

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 14:18

I'm waiting for feathers to fly - a third one turned up this morning! Maybe last year's baby??

Talking of babies, 4 and a ' half pint' (a yearling) deer in the meadow yesterday. Had wandered down off the moor, stunning Roe Deer, Sprung up from the shelter of the blackberry hedge right in front of me. Wonderful sight.

Discussions started by biofreak

Sawfly

Moving Gooseberries 
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Figs in Pots & Mulberries

What Soil? 
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Greenhouse in Winter

What to plant/sow now 
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Broom

Pruning 
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Insect Eating Plants

What soil to use 
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Peach leaf Curl

Will fruit hold? 
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Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

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Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 21:52

Lavender

Dividing Plants? 
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Sawfly -Gooseberries

Prevention 
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Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 10:32

Garlic v Onions

To mix or not to mix? 
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Last Post: 28/02/2014 at 11:06

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
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Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:44

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
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Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:38

First Spring Flowers

Disappointment & Joy 
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Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 15:28

Robins

Husband and Wife or just 'pals'? 
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Last Post: 22/02/2014 at 15:48

Rose Pruning

Could I prune now? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 21:37
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