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ground cover

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 21:41

Holle hock,  Geranium macrorrhizum will grow anywhere. I have it in growing in dry shade, damp shade and in sun. There are pink flowers in May, leaves take on autumnal shades in autumn, scented leaves and so easy to propagate. You just break off a piece and replant. Also easy to rid of (and you can't say that about too many ground cover plants. Roots are not deep and I just pull it out when it encroaches.

There is a varigated version and a smaller white flowered one too. I have found them alot less vigorous and not as good as the original in other aspects too.

Vistors had a party yesterday

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 10:03

I have had Lesser Redpolls on my feeders for the first time ever this winter.However, the Coal Tits and Great Spotted Woodpeckers seem to have deserted me. Several weeks ago, something - a sparrowhawk, I presume, grabbed a bird off the feeder before my very eyes with such speed I couldn't believe or id. it.

Duplex

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 11:09

Lots of good ideas given but a couple of things to think of before you go out and buy. What part of the country are you in? Is the terrace sheltered from drying winds? What way does the terrace face; how much sun does it get in a day -shady site, early morning sun, full sun etc... these factors will affect how successful or not many of these plants will be.

unwanted willow tree

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 21:39

There was a large willow tree in the garden when we bought the house 17 years ago. It is even bigger now and I love and hate it.

I love that it only ever is bare for one month -January. I love the colour of the stems and watching the buds swell in early spring. I love the catkins and so do the blue tits. I appreciate the shade and the shape of the tree. Woodpeckers nested in it last summer which was a joy.

I hate constantly having to clear up after it like a toddler - even half an hour after cutting the grass it has a light covering of leaves. Twigs fall from the branches after any wind. I have collected bags and bags of long whippy twigs over the winter - uncompostable, they just slip through my shredder and have to be recycled by the council. Nothing will grow under it, not even weeds - despite me trimming the lower branches so the kids can play under it. It takes up half the gadren and shades the other half!

I am however hopeful that it is not long for this world as when the woodpeckers chipped out their hole for their nest, the wood chips were all spongy... I just hope that it falls in the right direction!

Is this spring worse than last year's?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 21:08

 - thanks for that, Nutcutlet. You made me laugh and that is hard to do at the moment. All my facial muscles seem not to have thawed out yet!

 

Is this spring worse than last year's?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 20:59

I resisted planting my seeds too early after last year but still I have leggy seedlings, not enough room, the quandry of will I plant some more or do I wait...

Frogspawn late and now frosted, no toadspawn as yet...

Birds sound as though they are ready for spring (I certainly am) but are eating more now than ever - both me and the birds...and I can't get out in the garden to start working it all off.

The job list just keeps growing... I think it is definitely worse than last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Compost

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 21:25

Hi. If you put 'Which? compost' into the search box at the top of the page several  threads should come up. The one I started - Which? compost refers to composts available this year. Also the advice, this year in particular, is make sure you are buying fresh compost. Because of the wet summer last year alot of compost has been lying around since last summer. Look for bags that are undamaged and are not faded. Hope this helps.

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:01

Yes, I would say it is or was a wood mouse.

 

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 18:22

Along with my frogspawn has come a heron! I know it is nature but the way he is wolfing down the frogs is unbelievable. I have chased him a few times as I hate to see my thriving pond emptied but he has to eat too....   

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 17:23

Hi, thought it might be interesting to see the spread of frogspawn across the country in our ponds. Here in Greater London/Essex it arrived today - 9 clumps so far. I wonder how much of it will survive given the forecast for the weekend and into next week!

Anyone else with any frogspawn yet?

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