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Any ideas????

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 10:37

We might if in factt here was a picture!! Try again, maybe next time the picture will arrive.  

To buy or not to buy

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:14

My cat used to kill and bring home rats that were equally as big, if not bigger, than she was. Amazing.  However, you certainy don't want them around your place - would you keep a small dog?  A Jack Russel will sort them out in double quick time!!  You can use poisoned bait, as long as you follow the instructions carefully and keep the dog and especially the children, away from it - some come in a sealed container which then you throw away, body and all.   Worth talking to your local counil, they should have 'rat catchers' and may be able to help. 


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:10

Can't see why this would work, but anything that helps has got to be good - do tell how you get on frankie - please.


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:07

£7.99 for a foxglove - someones having a larrf aren't they? 

Strawberry feeding

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:06

Yes, the plant puts alot of effort into fruiting so will appreciate some tomato type feed. 

Plant id please

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:05

At this point  it could be nearly anything small bulbous like.  Could be a snowdrop, a chinodoxia, a crocus with seed ball in the middle, an allium indeed, probably best to wait and see.  You can always dig it up and put it in a pot and wait till next year to see what happens - or you can leave it where it is and see what happens. 

Beech hedge infested with white fly

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:03

This is something that happens to just about all beech hedges, beyond not looking very nice it does the hedge no harm at all.  If you want to do something about it, get the hose out and give it a good hard wash, which will remove a great deal of the whitefly.  My beech hedge is near my greenhouse so I have to close that up tight before I wash the hedge,  as in the hedge is one thing, but in the greenhouse is quite another. 

You can hang those yellow sticky pads in the hedge too if you like, the aphids stick to those and when they are covered you can get rid of them.  However, as I said, it does the hedge no harm to speak of, just that sometimes we don't like it.  

tulips in pots

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:27

I actually put mine in the compost, on the grounds they are organic, and a miracle might occur and the compost will burst into flower next Spring!  It never has, but there is little much more organic than a bulb so in they go. 

Plum Trees Miniture

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:22

Much depends upon what it is doing now.   Plums are usually on big trees so I'm not sure how a miniature would behave.  Are the leaves green?  Scrape a little bit of bark off with your nail and see if the wood underneath is green/white or brown.  If it is brown then the tree is dead - but you didn't say the leaves were gone, only the buds

Young trees struggle when the frosts are late, so your plum may just have got it's buds frosted, or at leat very cold, and so they died off.  If the tree otherwise looks healthy, then give it some TLC this year, and hopefully it will try again next season.

Do you have it in a pot or in the ground?  Do you feed and water it regularly, or doesn't it need the water due to your weather?  Maybe a bit more detail as to its condition now?

tulips in pots

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:16

Welll, I have kept tulips in pots when I hve been delighted with them just as you have been, and they have never done anything worth looking at again - though a few of those in the ground have done, but not reliably.  Now I tend to take Monty's advice, empty the pots and enjoy starting over when the autmn begins.  I found it such a shame to wait - the greenery would start but the flowers never came good, a few tried by mostly just shrivelled up and died.   Better to start again, most bulbs are as cheap as chips, and then you can try other lovely colours and mixtures for next Spring. 

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