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Attacking pampas

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 20:56
Weather has been good to me today. I have made a good start in cutting back my pampas grass. It hasn't been cut down since I moved here over 10 years ago . I decided to start on this first otherwise My garden bin gets too full of other stuff And before I know it, it's too late and it has To wait for another year. A few cuts here and there but I think I am in the winning side !

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 20:45
My Sundance grew to just over 6ft but the wind
broke it this year and I had to cut it back to 1ft.
It grows back again, the last time I had to
cut back was due to the heavy snow breaking
it. I should have brushed the snow off quicker!
How about abelia grandiflora as an alternative ? It grows
to about 5ft and is evergreen with small
white flowers. Also has arching branches which
may not suit.

Talkback: Feeding birds in winter

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 19:47
Yes Nut could be the weather as I don't recall it being a problem last year . Although I do have more food variety to offer this year.
Thank you for the advice - reduced portions until the
Plate/feeder cleared. Nuts are too expensive to

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 19:23
If there is no life showing then I would attack
it to let it know it's not welcome. It will rot away eventually
but if you want to plant something else I guess
You haven't got time to wait. Drilling holes is a
Good idea or maybe an axe? If there is not much room to
Plant then plant something young and let it
Grow into the space. Roots will always find someway to

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 19:11
I plant my hellebores at the bottom of my escallonia
Hedge and they look lovely and fill the gap/messy bit at the

Talkback: Feeding birds in winter

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 18:59
I try and do my bit and the birds happily eat all the seeds and fat balls provided
However my peanuts are hardly ever eaten and go mouldy . They are in
a regular peanut feeder and in the same location as the other feeders,
Any suggestions ?


Posted: 19/01/2014 at 22:20

Obviously lol!

70 days until.......

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 21:39

Been out today to dead head primroses, trim a few conifer branches sent wayward by the wind and pick up cat poo left by visiting cat grrrrr. Need to replace battery in cat deterrent.  Had a lovely chat with as couple of dogs walkers who stopped to comment on the garden. Friendliness makes the world a nicer place .

Am I a sillee billee?

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 21:32

No money and now where to plants seeds or plugs. Saving for April when I will be tempted by seeds which you can grow direct in the soil. Always buy too many, thinking I have a garden twice the size ....


Posted: 19/01/2014 at 21:23

Are the 'traditional' English snowdrops small and perhaps bigger ones are imports ?

Have no evidence to back up this theory just a thought! 

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I try and do my bit and the birds happily eat all the seeds and fat balls provided However my peanuts are hardly ever eaten and go mouldy .... 
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Last Post: 13/01/2015 at 11:35


Snowdrops make an apperance 
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Last Post: 20/01/2014 at 09:17

don't waste my time plant!

What plants do you battle with each year and perserve with instead of letting go? 
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Last Post: 14/01/2014 at 17:29

winter jasmine

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Talkback: Rose pruning

I have a rambling rose that has appeared in my garden and I have let it stay even though I haven't seen it flower. It is already 8ft and cli... 
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Last Post: 06/01/2014 at 22:24

Talkback: Growing mahonia

I have two mahonias in my front garden Charity and an old fellow not sure of his name. He is very leggy and I as m going to have to bite the... 
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Last Post: 28/12/2013 at 15:35
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