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Talkback: Bats

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:00

Actually it's not that innoffensive - we had huge numbers of large bats in the roof of our house in Zambia, and their  droppings were anything but innoffensive!!  However, I guess that particular species, and the sheer numbers, are not likly to occur here! 

Talkback: Bats

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 19:17

There aes ome old buildings near us and we often see bats in the evenings.  I have put out bat boxes in the hope they might like to live with us, but so far they are - probably wisely - happier where they are.

Deformed beans

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 19:14

Nothing to worry about, as you know they taste normal and that is all that matters.  A touch of cold to make them grow quicker on one side than the other, a tiny knoock or bit in their extreme youth and this happens - the supermarkets make the growers throw these out as the little ignorant darlings, kept that way by the companies,  who buy them might not like the look of them - I won't say the words I think about that, this is an open site!!

Hydrangea Macrophylla.

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 19:10

Now you know why it is advised to cut back a third of the old shoots, if you do it all the bush thinks it is in danger and responds by sending up as many shoots as it possibly can - in the hope it can flower and set seed to survive.

Is this an ash tree?

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 19:07

Be careful if you buy this, it is indeed frisia robinia - the golden version.  I bought a grafted one, high graft, which did fine for a while, but after 3 - 4 years and a very wet cold winter, it separated at the graft and died.   I'm not sure if they are bought on their own roots, if so that would be better, or with a low graft if possible.   Does look stunning though, it does have long, very sharp thorns after a while, not numerous but very sharp.  

Gw subscription

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 11:05

Cake is excellent, no denial of that!  I had been having the magazine for many years, so it was hardly surprising that it repeated - it will always need new readers and as yet unexperienced gardeners to help.  i did like it alot until a couple of years ago when I found I just was not reading it any more - time to stop I thought. 

Unknown Fuchsia

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 19:04

There are literally hundreds of different fuchsia plant hybrids and cultivars about - I would agree with Paul N, take some very close ups of the flowers as well, and ask the good folk at Sutton. 

Gauntlets

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 19:01

A machete is a thing of wonder, but you've still got to pick up the darned branches afterwards, and the thorns are no less prickly for being detached from the shrubs!!  You can buy genuinly thornproof, virtually chainmail, workgloves from an industrial type store or on line, but they are incredibly expensive.  I find a good pair of leather gloves, really sharp secatures and a grippy thing to pick the branches up with to put them in the bin or in a load for the skip the best.  The grippy thing ia a cheap (£5) item  for people who can't bend well to pick up newspapers and smaller things that fall to the floor - it does work. I don't compost roses as the thorns just do not disappear in my experience. 

help

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:54

Must agree with Auntie Betty, you need someone to have a clear overlook, taking in what you might actually want - and then to suggest a plan.  Whatever you do, don't try to do alot at once. Start with small areas near the house, which you can see more clearly.  Paths and dividing hedges and/or fences may be ananswer, again, not all at once, relax, the garden won't go away - and each bit reclaimed is a victory.  Do agree not to fight nature, a bog garden is a thing of beauty, and if you already have the water, it's pretty well a no brainer isn't it.  Whatever you do, you need lots of pictures and measurements for someone knowlegeable to see.  Do you have a  college  of further education near you?  Ours looks for unusual shaped gardens for the students to study and draw up plans about as part of their education - and you don't have to take their advice after all. 

Spanish Bluebells Still on Sale

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:49

I found at a well run and xecent looking garden centre, a pretty little lattice with nicely spread out stems on it, a plant called fallopia - which is of course our dear old friend Russian Vine!!  Both this and the bluebells should be sold, if at all, with a  health of your garden warning on them, but the reality is that many people neither know nor care, and all the vendor is interested in is making money, so why would they worry about it?  Just avoid, and tell everyone you know - there are plenty of other invasive and dreadful plants still for sale out there, sometimes through ignorance, sometimes through greed - as in calling Russian vine Fallopia, in the hope that some innocent soul won't realise what they have bought.   

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