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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.

Forum names

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 23:06

Loving this thread as I did the equilivant one on the old beeb forum.

My name comes from a Camellia in my garden whose name I could never remember and came over with me from the beeb site. Never tried to use my real name - Janet, but by the sounds of it, I might have needed Bev to help me with the numbers needed to  follow it.

My Camellia usually flowers in April - possibly later this year... I'll post a picture or change my pic.

ground cover

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 21:56

I'm on London clay and mine does really well, I have underplanted with daffodils for spring colour and the leaves die down as the geranium flowers take over

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.


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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