Dave Morgan

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Shrub/Tree ID please

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 08:52

 Hi all, I'm sure something similar was on here recently but I can't for the life of me remember what it was. You can just see the seed pods in the centre of the pic. An ID would be appreciated.

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 17:05

They'll survive if you can get them to germinate. It's been very cool recently even in the GH's.

This winter

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 16:55

According to this website http://www.ukweatherforecast.co.uk/ it's a strong El Nino year. They are predicting a a mildish wet end to the year but as from the turn of the year they are predicting colder weather to move in and stay. In past El Nino years we've either been very wet or very cold. As for the berries bit most of the holly around here is full of them as are the pyracantha and other assorted shrubs. I think I prefer cold to very wet especially as I have to work in it.

Japanese anemone - insect hosts

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 09:25

I regularly see bumble bees visiting them along with other bees in one of my clients gardens. Hoverflies and and other small insects visit them as well. So I'd say they are a useful source of nectar for some insects although I suspect they aren't as pollen rich as other plants. The recent weather hasn't been good though it's been too cool but on warmer days I do notice the the visits.

What are these

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 16:49

Has a similarity to Good King Henry. Not 100% though.

Olive tree

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 18:37

Best done in spring, it'll be growing slowly now due to the weather and you don't want to encourage new growth right now.

How can I deter frogs from my garden (for their own good)

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 08:11

There will be more frogs about than your cat can catch and kill, trust me. I find frogs everywhere in gardens, even found one in a box ball I was trimming the other day. Let nature take it's course.

peony seeds

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 09:44

Peonies need two periods of stratification, ie chilling, so chill twice for best results. This applies to all peonies.

Patio Roses in Containers

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:43

Jan, roses go dry at the roots very quickly, they're gross feeders so the top of the compost really is no guide at all. Soak them weekly, 2 gallons and let it run through. Right now the second flushes are coming through on most roses and the water will help them through it.


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:39

I use ordinary MPC, nothing fancy. Sometimes add grit if it's suggested on the packet, or I sow direct into the soil. It really depends on what seed your'e sowing.

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