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BobTheGardener


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Camera Corner

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:18

My Japanese plum "Lizzie", absolutely smothered in flower buds:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39208.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Hope there are no late hard frosts!

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 18:51

 

 

 

A couple of commas (no pic) a few small tortoiseshells and several peacocks plus a few bumblebees today:

Small Tortoiseshell:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39205.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Peacock on snowdrops:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39206.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Spring!!!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:35

20C here too!  Just removed my (almost) dead Acer palmatum and replaced it (not in exactly the same place) with a dwarf magnolia which has spent a year in a large pot. Magnolia are listed as resistant to Honey Fungus (but not immune.)  Used plenty of root-it mycorrhizae in the planting hole in the hope that it has a little underground fight with the HF!

Quite a few butterflies about, so taking camera out in a mo.

Newbie

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 13:26

If you don't have access to a PC or laptop, you can upload them from your phone to a photo site like picassa, then paste the picassa links here.  Folk will have to click the links to see them though so the PC route is best, then the photo's will appear in the thread.

new lawn on clay soil

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 11:02

No cheap & easy answers, I'm afraid.  The only way you will get to use it this summer is by turfing it.  If the clay is compacted, you'll need to use a rotavator to break it up, add grit and organic matter (mushroom compost will likely be the cheapest) to improve drainage, then level it with a rake, tread it down, rake again then turf it and water it every week for the rest of the year.  You'll need to  keep off of it for at least two months. 

Awkward Soil Patch

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 10:53

Thyme naturally grows in such conditions and is available in a wide variety of forms.  It won't grow very high but once established will act as ground cover and provide nectar for wildlife as well as being available for the kitchen.

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:45

I'm envious of everybody who doesn't have Honey Fungus!  Discovered today that my favourite Acer (a beautiful red palmatum dissectum which had grown to about 6ftx6ft) has succumbed over the winter.

I'll have to hoik it out tomorrow but at least I can get to that area without stomping on too many bulbs and I have a new bit of space for something else.

semi-rigid-plastic-sheeting

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 20:33
Frank Moore wrote (see)

I am looking for a supplier of thin semi rigid plastic sheeting to make some replacement doors for a small lean to aluminium frame green house. size 120cm x 60cm

 

Can anyone assist.  Many thanks

Hi Frank, try C & A plastics - look under 'solid sheets' or 'roofing materials' if you want twinwall etc:

http://www.cabp.co.uk/

 

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:00

Dove is right about the spacing;  Due to the thorns they can be tricky to pick and you need manoeuvring space around them to avoid excessive blood loss!  Also, they crop so heavily that the branches bend under the weight of fruit so get about 50% wider near harvesting time.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 09:51

Mornin' all, had a bit of a lie-in after a hard week at work but was woken by the delivery of a couple of Hibiscus, so starting the day off in a good mood!

Now watching the sunny gap in the clouds approaching on a weather radar site and will be posting on the envy thread in a bit!

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