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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 15:58

Mrs G: I agree: Inspirational! Transformational! (and no doubt Perspirational!) 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 23:14

Matty2 - how do you know whether or not to dig up iris clumps to split them?

Ive got one clump growing really close to a pine tree. I only got one short lived, but beautiful dark blue flowers from it this year but the rhizomes look quite big.

How deep should I dig / replant?


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 22:34

Dove - on my iPad I can control spellchecking features by going to Settings, then General, then Keyboard.

You then have a number of options which you can turn on or off eg Autocapitalisation, Auto-correct etc


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 22:20

Can't stand the incorrect Spell checking though


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 22:19

That looks OK - perhaps the secret is to crop off some of the size.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 22:18

I shall see if my iPad can post a picture of a James Grieve apple that fell off my early prematurely. It is still undersized and shows thaI the apples are still getting a condition knoan as bitterpit. Well, here goes...

Well first of all it was upside down (nothing new there) then I tried again with a cropped version -  it still looks distorted but I haven't yet submitted.

I'm pressing Submit reply now...





Posted: 12/08/2013 at 23:53

Thinking of the devastating bee colony failures that started to occur a few years ago I've been really pleased recently to see just how many more bees have been in my garden this year compared to previous years... Then yesterday I found a bee looking very sluggish and wondered whether there was something serious happening again or whether it was just 'having a rest'.

I've also wondered about  bees being adversely affected by extreme heat - We did have several weeks of unusually high temperatures recently. I know they can get dehydrated.

I remember a few years back I found an almost comatose bee and suspected dehydration because of the heat. I mixed a tiny amount of honey in a teaspoon of tepid water and poured a little pool of this homemade 'nectar' next to the bee. I then gently nudged the bee up to the pool until it could feel the liquid with its antennae. After much immobility (the bee!)  I was so gratified to see it eventually take interest. I was absolutely thrilled when, literally within minutes, it had recovered and flew away. 

This may not be what's been happening to the many deadbees StillLearning found but it is a 'feel good' story that might help other 'thirsty bees who just can't find enough nectar to sustain the immense energy usage they expend in just flying!



Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 07:29

Thanks for that good idea MrsGarden, now I know how it behaves I can 'tell it what to do' next year a bit earlier on.

debra - they really look good enough to eat! 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 00:19

No, I won't cut them all off now but I will tidy it up a bit. Might find some useful space under it. Thanks for the advice.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 21:57

Thankyou lovetogarden and Mrs Garden. I'll watch for those brown flower heads. Could I reduce to now to get it off surrounding plants, do you think, or would destroy age it in some way?

My lavender is doing something similar - spreading massively but happily. Don't want to ruin next years shape but they are all a bit out of hand smothering surrounding areas. 

Discussions started by Birdy13

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Just another plant ID request please. 
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Last Post: 17/12/2014 at 22:00

Do Bramleys get bitter pit?

What is this condition that has affected my Bramley apples this year? 
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Last Post: 20/11/2014 at 14:45

Weed or flower?

Plant identification please and advice on planting under an apple tree. 
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Last Post: 14/11/2014 at 11:07

Cotoneaster, ferns and Cotswold stone

Effect on plants of the limestone 'mulch 
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Last Post: 31/10/2014 at 20:47

Is it too late to cut back lavender?

Pruning lavender 
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Last Post: 08/10/2014 at 20:03

Service 503 Unavailable

Can't post photos 
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Last Post: 25/09/2014 at 01:43

Propagating Stephanotis

Can I take cuttings from my Stephanotis house plant? 
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Last Post: 27/09/2014 at 21:39

Advice needed on Strawberry leaf disease

Appearance of what looks like rust on newly planted strawberries 
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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 22:08

Dianthus reborn?

ID needed for unexpected trough contents 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:29

Fern flourished through mild winter.

What should I do about fern whose foliage has not died down as normal? 
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Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 22:35

The Bully and the Policeman

Garden pests (human - but only just!) 
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Last Post: 14/10/2013 at 20:54

Can't find toolbars, icons or post photo?

Absence of necessary Toolbars 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 20:47

Cistus pulverulentus (sunset)

Frost damaged - should I cut back 
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Last Post: 17/07/2013 at 14:33
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