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Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:38

Horribly cold and dark year so far?  If things get warmer and brighter they will probably bud and flower.  Would you do nice things if you had to live out there? Me neither!!


Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:37
CarmenM wrote (see)

If you find out the identity of the yellow shrub please let us know? I admit it , I'm horribly competitive!

I gave you this one earlier on! At 13.37 - if it is in fact kerria

Talkback: Blue tits and great tits

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 15:18

Indeed, why anyone would eat flying rats quite defeats me!  The pigeons that were raised for eating as as far distant from the detestable creatures hanging aorund humanity as wolves are from lap dogs. Your nice new leaves are sweet and soft, good grub for nearly everything, including, sadly, pigeons. 

a little tip

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 15:15

Agree a hundred percent re fruit trees, but it has never worked agains slugs or snails for me.  Maybe I am not generous enough?  Anyway, I would drop the pot when I tried to move it.  All 65 of my hosta pots have copper ings around them, that also helps greatly. 

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 15:14

One thing I would add, get the biggest one you can find a site for - anyone who has a greenhouse will tell you they wished they had a larger one!  I personally prefer wood from aluminium, I think it more sensitive to a garden, and it is always a couple of degrees warmer in winter than a metal one. 

Red Bugs on my fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 14:17
happycottontail wrote (see)

What a beautiful hosta, Gail.  Do you know its name?


PS I have this hosta, if I remember correctly it is called 'whirlwind'

keeping slugs off the hostas

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 14:15

Many of my collection of hostas are in glazed pots and they get eaten as much as the others here.  The only thing I have found works is copper, all pots have copper tape around them, that does help, as do the ferrous based slug pelllets which are not dangerous to other wildlife - though I would still take care with them when in use - children certainly should not be exposed to them, as large amounts of iron can be dangerous to small people. 

Red Bugs on my fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 14:13

I must admit as a pretty anti chemical gardener, I have been known to use Provado for my large collection of lilies, with very little conscience.  The darned beetles are not a natural species here so nothing recognises them as prey, that colour makes them something so self repecting bird would try - so we are stuck up a gum tree with teastrainers and /or provado!!

How do I encourage vigorous roots?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:53

There is a form of fungus used, mycorrhzae , it comes in a coarse powder form,  it is usually used for trees and more permanaent planting than annuals or small plug plants would suggest.   Plugs will grow on well if kept well watered and fed, not all plants develop large root systems, especially annuals, as they only need to last a short time.  Larger perennial plants will develop larger roots ans they grow and mature. f

Fuschia plants vary in their rate of growth, depending whether they are hardy and this will last for a long time, and can be planted outdoors when hardened off - these may well benefit from mycorrhzae, mnay others are grown in this country as annuals for hanging baskets and other summer displays.  Normal watering and fertilsing, with for example a seeweed fertiliser, will encourage good strong growth for their season.   If you want to grow standards you willl need to do special pruning for that, there are  web sites and books devoted to that art. 

Attract blue tits

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 13:45

They seem to be fond of any well planted area, they like plenty of available cover so don't feel exposed and threatened, though any feeding area should have good visibility all around.  The adore my silver birch, but the whole garden is playground to blue, great, coal and long tailed tits.  The siver birch seems to have a great number of whatever grubs and other livestock they are using to feed the young ones, and a little earlier than this, the small leaf buds appear to be a favourite form of food for all the titmouse family.   Any perennilas and annuals that have easilty accessible seeds are well liked, sunflowers are especially desirable and give the observer a great view of the birds feeding and their acrobatics.  Regulalry filled feeders all year round will ensure you always have a good bird variety in the garden, as well of lots of natural foods for them.  Wate is also essential, as drinking and bathing are needed... We have several designateded bird watering places, but the favourite for drinking at present appears to be an old jam jar which is acting a a stopper to the water butt just outside this window where the computer is - they come and drink there regularly, around 2 foot from me, ignoring the perfectly good water dish fastened to the wall nearrby Go figure as they say. 

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