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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!



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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! 

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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.

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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. 

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Posted: 17/07/2013 at 19:39

On a different note can anyone identify this yellowish plant for me please?

 (I think the photo may be a bit distorted)

it came from 'nothing' (ie was not visible last winter) and at first gave a nice bit of structure and colour. At first was attractive and  fairly compact but has now collapsed outward s onto everything around it:

I'd like to have it show again next year but with a bit more understanding of how to control it. I wondered at first if it was a weed but it is clearly not spreading - except by collapsing. A name might be useful if anyone recognises it. 



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