Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

An out of the Blue invite

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 11:18

I sometimes find profiles useful, I look at them from time to time.

Mike used to have a profile but it seems to have disappeared, maybe when the new format of the forum came in.

Mike, I agree with some others that your grammar and punctuation are a bit strange. It doesn't flow and makes you seem abrupt which can make people get the wrong end of the stick. A lot of your sentences aren't really sentences. It's a shame because I don't think you are really like the way your posts come over. I know you loved your wife very much and she died, Valerie, I think. I think people are fierce with you because of your style of writing and sometimes I think you like to provoke because you like to get a response.

Pruning honeysuckle

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 10:55

It looks very bare on the lower part, has it had enough water as it is close to the wall, where it can be dry, or have you pruned it all off?  Don't cut the flowers off! Honeysuckles are pruned in late summer after they have finished flowering. Old plants that have got straggly or full of dead bits can be cut down to about 2 feet tall in the spring. They will regrow and be re-generated. They are pretty vigorous and grow back.


Posted: 30/08/2017 at 10:43

Did the tree have thorns? Sloes are from thorny blackthorn, damsons don't have thorns. Damsons hang down more like tiny plums.

Shrub needing identification

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 10:40

I think you are right, Paul.

Is this a weed

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 10:36

I know you are right! I have one and it has seeded itself so now I have two!

Red Robin new leaves

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 10:32

Mine tends to grow new red leaves early in the year, but not later.

Bats in my parasol!

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 10:24

How sweet! I live in France so my house has wooden shutters. I can't shut them in summer because the bats shelter behind them. In winter they prefer an old stone storage room on the end of the house and the garage.

Watering pots

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 10:21

I wonder where you are, Pierre, you have a French name. I live in Dordogne. I have roses and blueberries in pots and I give them a good soak every other day, but not in winter when they are dormant. I water in the evening as it can get hot here in the day, then the plants get a chance to soak up the water at night.

Blueberries are acid loving so mine are planted in ericaceous compost and I only water them with rain water. Our tap water is hard and they don't like it.

As they are in pots, not in the ground, I feed them more often than usual, especially the roses which can be greedy plants. I feed roses in pots with rose fertiliser every 6 weeks through the growing season. I feed the blueberries with fertiliser for acid loving plants, such as azaleas.

Moved to new house - Cutting Back old plants

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 10:04

The white flowered plant is bindweed. It has white roots that crawl around under the earth and other plants roots and is almost impossible to dig out. Every bit broken off and left in the ground turns into another plant. It's a very common weed.

It does respond to glyphosate weedkiller, but so do roses - so you mustn't get it on the rose. Unwind as much of the bindweed as you can and stuff it into a clear plastic bag, then spray into the bag with glyphosate. If you are anti- weedkillers then just pull off all the bindweed whenever you see it, all through the season, which should weaken it.

programmes to watch

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 09:36

I prefer to have a telly and choose whether I watch it or not. I don't watch a lot in the summer.

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