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Latest posts by Bookertoo

small bird watch

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:19

Our resident robin sits on an obelisk which has a feeder hanging inside it.  He furiously defends it, while yelling at anything that comes near him, but seems quite oblivious to the fact the blue and coal tits just go round the other side and munch away behind his back!  There are several other feeders about, but that particular one he thinks is his property.  He and his mate (I am assuming the aggressive one is the male from what I have read), usually nest in a certain patch of ivy on a fence near the top of the garden, and if i go near there he comes and sits on a pot and grumbles at me, maybe he thinks I am going to cut down the ivy - which I will, but only after he has done with it.  

It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:12

It was a lovely day today, reached the giddy heights of +4 C, but there are many nights of cold to come yet, hard frosts and s strong possibility of snow - hold the secateurs aand the seed compost, keep browing the catalogues but NOT ordering yet - well, I suppose you can seeds, as long as you don't opent them!  Did trim some prunings from a while back to make plant supports, while listening to the robin telling me to fill the seed feeder before everyone came for the evening feed - so I did.

Wilting Geraniums:(

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:06

Must agree - sound like a case of overkindness - more plants die of overwatering than any other cause,  Let them drain, if the top of the compost is wet, maybe add some dry or a layer of fine grit - and put the watering can away.  They really do like dry conditions, treat 'em hard and they'll flourish for you. 

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:03

Yummy - I need to go and prepare out supper I think - it is likely to be fish, but won't look quite as gorgeous as that, but will be good anyway. 

Supporting plants

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:01

Pruings - you can use them wrong way up if they are things like quickthorn which will otherwise root instead of the plants you want.  ( Which is why I have several quickthorns in my front hedge rather than whatever I planted there several years ago -  but they are great so it doesn't matter - but it might if you are growing some nice perrennials or annuals later on.) Have just trimmed some prunings from the crab apple tree and a huge fuchsia - they will make good plant supports with raffia for tying in.  

A lad of verduns

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 17:58

Why?  I like the sound o a load of verduns, whatever or whomsoever they may be

Perhaps however, lets not get too excited about spring just yet, hard theough that may be, there are plenty of nights for frost and even snow yet - grit your teeth and hold your horses - hmm, sounds very uncomfortable that. 


Posted: 02/03/2013 at 17:55

When did you plant them into the pots?  We have had some very chilly nights, quite alot of frosts recently, maybe they are plain too cold - maybe cover them with some horticultural fleece, or n espapaer - but that you will need to take off in the day if it above freezing to get some light to them.  Possibly check the roots i for something nasty eating them?  Assume they are not dry - sounds cold to me. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 11:17

Damp, grey, miserable, cold - I really do hate February!!  

Paper pots versus what?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 11:12

Often I find that paper or coir pots don't actually degrade enough, and later in the season I find the roots of the plants going round and round and the plants not thriving.  I imagine they need alot of water to degrade, so last year may not have been a problem.  I remove the netting that bought in basket plants, for example, have around their roots, and since then have had much better plant growth.  Depends upon your soil etc., but I have given up on them and just transplant from potting on pots. 

Moving a rose

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 17:45

It's fine to move that young rose, try not to disturb any tiny roots it has made, and if you did not cut it back to a bud in November, do it now.  It will be fine. 

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