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Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:58

Lots of strings of spawn this morning - 32 toads and counting ... A really wonderful sight. I'll see if I can get some photos tomorrow.

Name that plant/Weed?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:52

It's garlic mustard. Self seeds everywere and smells like garlic when crushed. Easier to remove now as it is quick to flower and then you will have a lot more of it! As nutcutlet says not too difficult to remove.

New Yew hedge, does it need more watering ?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:46

Is the damage on one side of the hedge - might be a prevailing cold wind (we've had a lot of that) or frost damage to the tips? 

What kind of soil are you on? Heavy, clay, free draining?

Also all nutlet's questions are relevant to help establish what the problem is.

Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:40

Thanks Sue. Not sure about some of the iris colours...but some lovely roses and clematis.

Is this spring worse than last year's?

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 22:49

Spring officially arrived today - I took my coat off while gardening today!

I do hope that is the end of that east wind as it has been so cold for so long. Planted marigold seeds today and have moved some seedlings out of the house and into my unheated green house.It was into the 30's in the green house today and the automatic vent opened for the 1st time this year. Things are on the up!

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 22:38

My toads have turned up today and are 'very active' - all paired up and at th bottom of the pond or sitting at the surface. Really pleased to see them as in all the years I have kept records they have never spawned in April, never mind half way through the month.

The frogs too have produced some more spawn other the last few day.s

 Spring is here!

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 21:20

I have had some more frogspawn in the last few days while the earlier lot seems to be suspended in time and hasn't developed very much - waiting for warmer weather like the rest of us...

I, however, haven't seen a single toad this year (so far). They usually spawn a couple of weeks after the frogs but so far not a single toad, never mind strings of eggs. My newts are now active  and hopefully they are  'doin' their thing'.

 

I don't think a visiting heron and now a pair of mallards from the local park is helping with frog/toad/spawn survival much either this year!  

Aldi garden stuff

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:52

I agree with Red Dahlia, the Garden line seed/cutting compost is lovely. Got 20 trailing lobelia plants for £2 - great plants that should be flowering by the end of the month (sunshine permitting!)

Begonia Aricot shades

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 21:55

I keep mine from year to year. I do  it the lazy way - I remove the dying foliage and then let the tubers dry out in their pots under shelter. I check for any dreaded vine weevils around them before putting them in the garage under some cardboard for insulation until spring.

Then I dig them up and start them in fresh compost in the greenhouse disgarding any soft or rotten ones. Usually have a good percentage that survive. Hopefully I'll start them off ths weekend -- I can't wait any longer and it will be in the house this year too - now, that's a first!

What annuals can I sow for summer colour?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 21:47

Cosmos, marigolds, nastursums. Go for open flowers not doubles or pom poms to attract bes.

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