Latest posts by Bookertoo

Fish thieving magpies!

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:31

That's the trouble - I really wish to feed the birds, but what with magpies, squirrels, and pigeons really feel I'm onto a losing battle!! There were 6 magpies in our garden this morning, two trying to balance on the feeder (luckily they can't eat from it, it closes at their weight,  but they scare the small birds I do want away!).   Our robin follows me down to the greenhouse to complain if they hang around too long, so that I will go and shoo them off so he and the other little ones can feed.  If I could find something that would render the 3 of them sterile I'd use it like a shot - as it is, just keep fighting the good fight!

Any ideas what this is?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:27

Whatever you do, do it carefully as the tiniest bit of stem or root will generate a new plant.  I did not have it until the last 3 years or so and now it is becoming a dratted problem in the fruit cage - where i cannot dig or poison - grrrrrrr……...

Red valerian

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:24

Indeed, but with buddleja you need to pay for specific colours and smaller sizes - as yet, these have not leaked out into the wild as the basic purple one has done - and they can get very tall, where some of the hybrids are smaller and may suit some gardens better.   InFrance they are identified as an invasive weed.   However, buying valerian does seem a little unlikely …………..

Dividing perennial geraniums

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:20

To be honest, they are such willing plants that I feel you can do it whenever you like!  Ours are all in full flower - see if you can find an edge piece with few if any flowers, dig it out and plant it - what have you to lose bar your empty patches.  They'll get there anyway under their own steam given time …….


Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:18

Pop it into a pot and keep an eye on it until you can be pretty sure which one you have.  They are lovely but some are indeed thugs of the first order!

Red valerian

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 11:17

When mine arrived I kept pulling out all the white and red ones, and now have a lovely spread of red ones - you do have to keep an eye on them though, as any stray seed or seedling can undo your best efforts,  They are lovely at the front over an old stone wall - and in front of the unused garage door!

ID would be great

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 11:22

It just cannot 'mind its own business' which is why it needs careful consideration before planting it!  I have variegated ground elder (on purpose!) under my red sycamore tree, where it lights up the area beautifully - but I know it must never escape those harsh conditions.  It tries to hitch a lift in pots now and again, but so far I have caught it out.  All flowers are removed as soon as they show their heads, and so far, so good.  You will need to be equally on the ball with your solaria - it does make a wonderful looking 'Japanese' look garden e.g., but don't let it escape into good soil or light - you cannot keep up with it.  Meantime, enjoy.

Tomato feed

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 14:21

I chuck around a quantity of organic pelleted chicken manure - serves just about everybody - about now.  The only thing I have special feed for is clematis - hungry beasties that they are.  I keep some liquid seaweed concentrate for topping up anyone who looks a bit sad and hungry as the year goes on.   

Is talking aloud madness?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:42

How on earth do you get to agree with yourself over something you want to do /do not want to do/buy/invest in/ ignore - unless you talk to yourself? 

Talking to plants, garden machinery, trees, birds in the garden etc. are all signs of a good healthy connection with the wider world - enjoy it. 

Paeony flowers

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:34

25 years sounds more like the lifetime expected rather than the wait!! Though some live for more than 5o years.  However, it is true that some can take up to 4 or 5 years to flower - so much depends upon the age of the plant when you got it, is it a cutting, a root cutting - or grown from seed?   Also the type makes a difference - sorry, no easy answer to that one, but 2 years is not long to wait for a paeony t do its thing.  

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