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Witch Hazel

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:43

If you live in the country, watch out for deer. They have chomped most of the flowering shoots on mine. Only 2 high branches have opening flowers. I'm hoping it will recover as if it had been pruned intentionally!

Agree that flowernotes' plant should be planted in the ground if at all possible, and that they take quite a few years to establish. Mine grows only a few inches a year and it's in slightly acid soil and part shade.

Cost of bird food

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:34

Leadfarmer, please don't put breadcrumbs in your fatballs!! It has zero nutritional value and can reduce the birds' appetite by filling them up and then they don't get enough of the good stuff. Try porrage oats instead, and add a good amount of sunflower hearts or other proper bird food. Dripping can be added with the lard to make the fatballs firmer, especially in mild weather.

Cost of bird food

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:27

Try GJW Titmuss. I regularly check their prices and rarely get a better deal elsewhere. Some items are free delivery, too

Creeping buttercups..

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 07:39

We have decided not to aim for a pristine lawn and, instead, to go for a wildlife friendly sward. We just mow in the growing season at least once a week on the highest setting, so there is cover for frogs, beetles etc. We let the wild flowers grow too, for nectar-loving insects to feed from, so the "lawn" looks very pretty with buttercups, daisies, even violets, like a Medieval flowery mead. One plant I do control, though, is dandelion. I just pull off the buds and flowers to stop them spreading. Our "lawn" isn't like a bowling green but we get much satisfaction knowing that we are helping to maintain the natural balance, and love watching all the birds, beasts and butterflies that visit us.

Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 07:18
We have lots of established beech hedging in our "new" country garden near Alyth (Perthshire, Scotland), which we have pruned to about 2m high. I'd like to soften them and add seasonal interest with a rambling rose, and maybe clematis and honeysuckle. Can you suggest suitable varieties and colour schemes?

Talkback: How to grow lilies from bulbils

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
This article is just a "sound bite" - let's have a bit more depth.
Useful info would include optimum temperature for overwintering and alternatives of what to do once the bulbils are "grown on".
I live in Scotland, where a cold frame can reach many degrees below zero. On the other hand, a window sill can become quite warm. Would either of these situations be ok?
Also, can the plantlets be potted up individually and grown on until they make flowering-sized bulbs?
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