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gladioli

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 12:50

It sounds like caterpillar larave and eggs. I would not have cut them down. Over wintering depends on local conditions. It rarely gets to below 0 where I live and (excluding last Dec), winter is not too wet, so Gladioli can be left in well draining soil. If not I lift them then place in a box wrapped in newspaper till March and re pot.

Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace"

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:31

Are you sure it was Black lace and not any of the green ones like Sutherlands gold? My Black lace has never thrown up green leaves, only dark ones.

Talkback: Horseflies

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:20

Seems to be a good year for Horsefly. I have been bitten and so has all my family this year. Sore when they do!

 

Rowan shedding leaves

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:18

Is the ground dry/very wet (perhaps a high water table)? I have a few juvenile trees that suffered by the low rainfall until very recently, though I would have suspected that a 20+ year old tree would have roots deep enough to sail through.

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:15

There are a few large ponds near my house (about 100 metres away) and my garden have 4 this year - 7 last, and one Toad. Scare the living day out of me at time when I am weeding and the jump, but welcome none the less.

Tree paeony

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:13

You never know it may come back - place it somewhere out of the way. If it comes back then good, if not them you have something to add to the compost.

Leylandii

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 17:12

If Leylandii are not trimmed regularly then suddenly cutting them just looks awful. I would just replace them with something more in keeping.

Flag stones on to grass area

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 16:04
Chris Trotman wrote (see)

Hi Ade, Can I suggest that you use both. 2M sq is quite big and with youngsters bouncing around in your wendy house this can add to settlement. I would suggest: remove turf, complact ground, lay s/sand, compact, scrape level with long bit of wood, lay slabs, get kids to jump up and down on slabs, check for levelness, if ok build w/house. The better the preparation the longer it will last.

Well said - exactly what I was going to write!

Young trees

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 13:16

Keep watering them and they may come back next spring. Sometimes the whole of the top of the tree dies back and growth is only at the bottom of the trunk.

Box Topiary dried out

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 13:14

Agree with fidgetbones though in my experience they never come back after drying out and going yellow unless you catch it early.

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