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Posted: 20/11/2012 at 09:44

Sounds like a lovely idea, when they are in flower - but what for the rest of the year? The leaves are pleasant enough, but nothing to write home about - maybe some annual climbers in their pots?  They will not disturb the roots of the clematis so much.

bluebells

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 09:42

Definitely a bad idea!! Make some with blue icing maybe?

Blasted squirrels!

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 13:41

It would probably work well for sowing peas etc., I recall my father ding that.  However, what I want to do is feed the birds!! I don't think I can give them paraffin? 

Blasted squirrels!

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 11:38

Sadly the squirrels are getting into the caged feeders as well - there are so many of them, and the poor birds really get hardly a look in.  If I thought feeding them (squirrels etc.) elsewhere woud help I'd give it a go, but in fact they just clear their rations and still take the birds food.  I shall keep on the good fight, if nothing else it gives one or two of my brain cells a work out from time to time!!

I simply don't believe it

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 17:37

Magnolias, like clematis and some other early summer flowering plants, do give a smaller flush of, often smaller, flowers later in the year.  This has been such a strange year weatherwise that anything is possible!  Just enjoy them, it will soon go to sleep, especially if we have another good frost tonight,  and flower again in the spring. 

I simply don't believe it

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 14:21

Good hard sharp frost last night, which I hope will help to set the plants clocks to doing what they should.  It is always nice to find the odd flower in a sheltered corner, a few campanulas for example, but flowers and red autumn leaves on the forsythia is rather odd!   Our very odd years weather has upset many plants and some birds, who were chasing each other in a very unexpected way for the time of year a couple of weeks ago - but seem to have settled to eating and getting fat again for the winter. 

Gunnera manicata

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 14:17

Fold the leaves over to protect the centre, and,  if it gets very cold, a layer of fleece might help.  They do get very sad looking in the winter, but unless it is very young it should survive - new shoots will probably arise next year.  I'd love to have one but no space for such a wonderful specimen - good luck. 

Wheres my berries???

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 14:15

Have you ever had berries from it? Were there any signs of flowers earlier in the year? Just wondering if you have a male tree - if that is the case, then no berries ever.  If unsure, try planting a female tree near at hand (if you have room for another), something like Golden King ( which, in spite of it's name, is a female), or any other female tree that takes your fancy.  

We have several holly trees at the bottom of our garden, including Golden Queen, which is a male - just to confuse the issue!!  You do need both with in a fairly small area to flower and berry well - we have quite a good crop of berries this year, which rather surprises me considering the dreadfully cold spring we had when the pollinators shoud have been about.  If your tree is female and a neighbour has a male then you should get berries - even the so called self fertile ones do better with a male for pollination. 

Blasted squirrels!

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 14:01

As ever there is this myth around that squirrels don't like chiili - oh dear, I do so wish it were true!!  We have a batch of squirrels in our immediate area, who watch me when I plant bubs and are digging them up before the back door is closed - prickly cuttings from the pyracantha and holly hedges stuck in the ground or around the pots seem to help, nothing else does.   They are particularly fond of purple crocus bulbs, and yes, they can tell them from the other ones - they probably smell differently.

I soaked my caged 'squirrel proof' feedrs in chilli paste and oil, and put the powder in the feed,  they sniffed at or a day or two, then came back and licked and chewed it all off with signs of great pleasure.  The birds come and tell me now when the feeders are full of squirrels!!  I have managed with one where the holes seem too small for the adults, but this years young - told by their less bushy tails, so they look even more like rats than the older ones -  though of course that is all that they are, can get inside.  If the house door is open I can creep out and spray them with water as one does with cats, they're not too keen on that.   We have tried the above mentioned chillie, white pepper, garlic, soap amd just about everything else you can think of - and probably a few you haven't.  Stll they eat several pounds of seed feed a week.  i am reluctant to give up feeding the birds, but feeding the squirrels was never on the agenda.  

Pease do not tell me about squirrel proof feeders that slide over the food, they know all about those and how to evade them, they can climb under domes, go up and down the poles until the grease or oil is off then climb up or down and feed - I reallly don't want rats in the garden - if anyone has a new idea that actually works I'd be delighted to hear about it - but so far nothing we have been offered deters them for more than 24 hours.

 We have been fighting this battle for 15 years, and so far it is squirrels 15, us 0!!!!

container

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 13:46

Indeed, you can gorw anything in a pot, as long as a) the pot is large enough, and b) that you are willng and able to provide for all the plants needs. This means watering, feeding, pruning, insect removal where necessary, changing & topping up compost and so on.Some plants adapt to living in pots very well, others take a bit more persuasion. We have over 400 pots in our garden, with ] a range of plants from an oak tree, to little sempervivums.  Many of my spring bulbs have been planted in pots, thoough by no means all.  Fruits do well in pots, if you want to grow trees that are potentially very large, you can use a root bag to contain the roots, thus keeping it smaller thanf it would otherwise be. 

Pot growing is great fun, but does need alot of attention, thus we do not go on holiday from March till October, you cannot ask a neighbour to pop around and water your pots at these numbers!!  Go for it, but don't say you weren't warned when you get hooked!!

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