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Latest posts by diggingdoris

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:20

My lilies are about 4 inches tall so I must start giving them a look every day. Would the birds eat the ones I squash? I believe in re-cycling!

I keep seeing this plant, is it a weed, i thought it was primula at 1st

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:14

Yes I was going to say the same. I have it and it comes up like a weed. Someone once told me that if you keep a few sprigs in a vase in the kitchen in the summer it keeps the flies away. Anyone know that story?

help!! old fashioned 'proper' carnations needed

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 11:11

I have several plants growing that have come from the off shoots you get on some shop bought carnations, but all mine are from the spray type. i.e. one stem with lots of flowers on, not the single big flowered type. I always thought the big headed ones were greenhouse grown, so not available to grow in our gardens. But I could be wrong.

Camellia flower problem

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 16:28

Mine is doing the same. I had the first 2 flowers open up beautifully then the rest have done this. I think it's because the nights have been so cold, not quite frosty. Whereas earlier on the weather was much warmer, hence the flowers opened up quite happily. I may be wrong, hopefully someone on here can advise us both. Roll on the warm weather I say!

Jack's Magic MPC

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 15:46

I've just bought a sack of this from a garden centre. I have not seen this brand in previous years, so I wasn't sure what it would be like. But after some of the disastrous mixtures in recent years I must say I'm pleasantly surprised. It's fine and black and soft, without all those bits of bark, straw and wood that have made up some of the useless stuff I've bought in the past. The proof will be in the growing of course. Have any of you used it before or is it new this year?

Filling plant pots

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 15:22

I have used bits of polystyrene for years and find it keeps the pots lightweight. The trays the pizza or meat products come in from the supermarket are good as they easily break to whatever size you want to cover the holes in a pot. Also unlike crocks and stones they don't take up much room so there's more room for the soil/compost.

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 18:30

Many thanks for all your suggestions . Have them outside for the weather to take some of the smell away before I start crunching them. Watch out slugs , here I come!

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 15:17

I've just tried mussels for the first time and now that we've got a big bowl of empty shells I wondered if anyone had ideas on what I can use them for in the garden. My only thought was to crush them and sprinkle round the plants that the slugs like, same as I do with egg shells. But I wondered if there were other uses.

Cats

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:48

As our borders are all waterlogged my cat is finding it hard to find nice soil. I my greenhouse has become a favourite this winter, so I'll have to do a soil swap it seems. unless I want tiddle flavoured tomatoes! But I am annoyed with her as I've bought 10 lovely new polyanthus and filled my trough with new compost in readiness for planting. But guess who's taken it over as a toilet? Yes, so I dare not plant them as she'll be watering them for me!

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:34

I've got 'Spot'. He has one light feather on his chest like a badge. Poor chap has a damaged beak and is unable to close it. He manages to pick up food by turning his head sideways. I feed him every day as I think he must struggle to survive otherwise. He cannot poke his beak into the soil to get worms as it won't close, so he'd just get a beakful of soil. Poor chap. Hope I can keep him well fed. he loves meal worms.

Discussions started by diggingdoris

Tulip type name?

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Anyone bought a bargain?

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Adding photos problem

Odd message 
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Can't load photos today

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Polish Spirit pruning

Too early? 
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Orchid type?

can you identify please 
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Fuchsia identification

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Hebe Black Knight

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scilla peruviana

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Day Lily bud problem

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Too early for beans?

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perennial red salvia leaf

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Ear fungus

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Aquilegia shapes

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is this clematis cirrhosa?

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