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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.

Egg Shells

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 17:00

Slugs will eat one another if they are injured. I tried the scissor method a couple of years ago and was horrified to see a dead one being eaten by his mates later on.! So yes they are not usually there on the morning after!

Rampant passionflower

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 19:06

I have a passionflower growing up through a tree which usually has it's foliage damaged in the frosts, so therefore stays a decent size. This year with all the warm winter weather it has gone mad! I have shots of it coming up all over the place, some even 6ft away from the main plant. It's even coming up between the slabs which form the path in my greenhouse. I don't want to damage the plant but wonder how I can keep it in check a bit.

choisya pruning

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:28

I moved my choisya at the end of summer last year and it has settled down well in the new position. I've noticed lots of new growth at the end of almost bare stems (nearly 3ft long) and as they look straggly I wondered if I should cut them down to about a foot to get them to bush out a bit. It has just finished flowering, so I  guess this is the best time to do it.

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