Latest posts by BobTheGardener

wireless thermometer for g/house

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 22:39

Nice find, Pete!

Guess the name of this

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 22:34

Superb, GD!

Magnolias are indeed prehistoric and one of the oldest of flowering plants.  They were around during the Cretaceous period so were seen (and no doubt eaten) by dinosaurs!

Last edited: 05 March 2017 22:37:44

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 22:31

Wrens eat mostly insects and I believe spiders make up much of their diet.  I suppose you could try meal worms but they would need to be on the ground as I don't think wrens will visit hanging feeders although I might be wrong on that.

Pruning fuscias and roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:44

The roses look fine.  Once the last frost has passed you can prune the fuchsias further back to just above one of the buds further down near the base if you want to tidy them up.  Remove any dead stems (ie ones with no buds) right back to the base.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:26

Same in Leics, Dove.  Both goldfinches and greenfinches love the sunflower hearts I use in one of my feeders.

Guess the name of this

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:18

Dove .  Lucky GD!  My magnolias are quite some way from opening.

Guess the name of this

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:01

One of the purple magnolias I would think.  "Black Tulip"?

privacy fast hedging

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 15:09

Fully agree with Dove.  If you take up one row of slabs along the line of each fence, you will have room to erect tall trellis (eg 8ft/2.5m) by setting in posts.  Looking at the way the fences have been built, with the 'good' side facing your garden, those may belong to your neighbours so I wouldn't attach trellis to them directly, unless your neighbours agree.  You can then grow a multitude of climbers including clematis, roses etc.  Together with a pergola you can achieve this sort of thing:

Last edited: 05 March 2017 15:13:40

wireless thermometer for g/house

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 14:29

Have a look through these products on this site where I got my wireless weather station from:

The WS9160, for instance, says 100m in 'open field' conditions so will probably work at 120ft with the base station in your house, but you may need to position it so as few walls as possible get in the way.  My weather station base is on a bedroom windowsill so the signals only need to pass through glass from the GH which is about 60ft away..

You may be able to find the same products cheaper on other sites of course.

Removing Leylandii

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 12:47

Sounds like a plan to me, lubega!  As hogweed said, it will be a lot of hard work but worth it.  I would use well-rotted manure as it will improve the soil for many years and also mix fish, blood and bone into the soil as you dig the area over.  Dig a circle around the roots of the leylandii the best you can (the mattock will be a great help) then chop into the thicker roots and use the leverage the remaining trunk gives you to rock it back and forth until it 'gives'.  Hope it goes well.

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