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Presents

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 19:09

smada_1, have a what Christmas? Is this a nautical term?  Anyway, assuming it is of a generous nature, you have one too!!  Meantime, a very happy Christmas and joyful new year to all our friends here on the forum.  

plant invasion

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 09:46

of course there is always the worst case scenario, that it is japanese knotweed, which can and does grow through anything.  Please don't let it be dry rot..........

front door

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. 

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