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Violas attacked.

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 17:57

Any suggestions as to what is making holes in my violas? They have been reduced to ragged shadows of their former selves. I can't see any obvious culprits and as I try to be organic I don't want to spray them. A different variety of viola remains unaffected.

twine + tits = damage to plants

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 17:54

Funnily enough, the tits in my garden have been attacking the natural twine I used yesterday to tie in a climbing rose.

ID of plant growing EVERYWHERE!

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 17:52

If it is rosebay willowherb then it's a beautiful plant evn if it is everywhere! 

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 21:57

Have you looked at the RSPB's online catalogue? They sell all kinds of devices to keep squirrels and larger birds at bay e.g. you can buy a ground feeder cage which will exclude starlings or even a feeder which will defeat the dreaded parakeets.

Personally I'm cleaned out on a regular basis by jackdaws and squirrels.Also I don't put food on the ground because my neighbours are so worried about rats. (The woodpigeons pretty much hoover up instantly anyway).

Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 21:36

I too have grown these from seed very successfully and have then had them pop up all over the garden (and in the containers). Perhaps it depends which part of the country you're in. 

Having moved house and left my established plants behind I found some scruffy left-overs in a garden centre "reduced for quick sale" section and snapped up three large pots for 50p each. With a bit of tlc I thus have a fine clump in my border.

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 21:34

Aha, maybe I am missing a trick by not growing on poundland plants in pots first. I'm having mixed success with my purchases. Forsythia romping away, iris coming up but no sign of life from the anenomes or lilly-of-the-valley I put into the borders. The climbing rose I bought was zapped by frost and I think it's dead.

Help needed in identifying mystery shrub.

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 21:42

It's not Jasmine (I have yet to tackle the horror that is the overgrown jasmine jungle). If I get time I wil upload a pic tomorrow. Thanks anyway.

Help needed in identifying mystery shrub.

Posted: 17/03/2012 at 18:54

I have been out in the garden today restoring order, including cutting back and extraordinary tangle of dead branches and shoots muddled up with the rambler I am retying to its supports.

It has stout pithy stems, reminiscent of elder, mid-green leaves, some of which have survived the winter, and in October, when I moved in, it still had loose sprays of small white flowers.

It's multi-stemmed and is coming up in the border, from INSIDE the wall it's growing against and appears to be shooting from a buried stem almost like a runner. Most extraordinary is the way it's roted itself into the wall where there are loose stones, about seven feet up. 

Any ideas?

Pruning standard roses

Posted: 01/03/2012 at 21:50

Thanks, Emma. I'm feeling a bit chicken about this. They are the first thing visitors to the garden see, flanking a weathered brick path. Whilst they have been trimmed to keep them roughly in shape, without leaves it's evident that they haven't had a "proper" prune for some time.

Any advice on hand-push lawnmowers?

Posted: 29/02/2012 at 20:56

Thanks Beltane.

I'm also looking forward to a flymo-free existence. No more pesky noise, cables or dratted grass all over the place...


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