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Latest posts by diggingdoris

Rose pruning and frost

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 12:28

I also was wondering about the pruning as my roses are shooting lots of new growth, much earlier than usual. I do them in March each year but as most stuff in the garden is ahead of itself I wondered if I should do them. They are in a south facing bed so they get lots of sunshine all day.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 22:57

I tried that by sticking newspaper all over one side of the patio doors, but guess what, he just moved to the other panel. But because ours are sliding patio panels the seal of one has to slide over the other! I've tried all options. He goes to the meal worms each time I put some out, so I'm now feeding him a little bit several times a day, to distract him. It's working well as he now comes to the window sill and does a little Bob up and down dance each time he's run out of food. He's getting nice and fat!

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 12:01

GG I would worry that he'd attack the glass even more as the RSPB says he's attacking his reflection to scare it away. Just hope he starts nest building soon to keep himself occupied.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:44

Hello Dove, no I tried that and it made him worse. This week he has slowed down a bit, but is still there by the window all day, only hitting a few times per hour. Don't know where he goes to after dark, but he's back there each morning. If I stopped feeding him maybe he'd choose somewhere else, but I've become rather attached to him!

Lily of the valley

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 22:47

Right, as soon as I can I'll put the ones in the pot into the very dark patch behind the greenhouse. That's about the only bit of the garden that I haven't tried. Wish me luck!

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 13:17

My pied wagtail is still hitting his reflection at the patio doors. Has been doing it hundreds of times a day since Xmas. The window looks a mess, but I'm loathe to clean it as he'll be able to see 'that other bird' even clearer. I understand that he's doing it as he's chosen my garden for a nesting site, and is scaring away any other wagtails. They nested under the solar panels last year.

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 12:26

I'm a florist and I can confirm that daffodils should not be put in with other flowers. The cut stems leak a latex sap which can block up other flowers stems so that they can't drink.

The red and white flowers story is an old one. Some grandmothers are horrified when brides want red and white bouquets.

I don't know where the May blossom story comes from, but I remember as a child living with Grannie and coming home with a bunch of may I'd picked. I was only  allowed to have it on a windowsill outside, not indoors as it was bad luck.

only leaves

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 12:11

I bought a cheap one from Aldi this year, and it has a lovely fat bud on it. But the one I had from same place last year (also bloomed well) has only shown leaf shoots this year, although I did as recommended. Rested then fed, but it's had leaves on it the whole year round, though they turned yellow and dropped off.

Maybe last years one wants a rest this year. I'll feed it and nurture, with fingers crossed for next year. I can be patient where my plants are involved.

water butt tap not working

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 11:55

Having  read all these posts the suspense is killing me! Did the butt tap get sorted  yet? So many great ideas. Who would have thought that you could write poetry about such a problem. Made me laugh, but PLEASE hurry up and sort it, as I'm dying to know what the blockage was!!!

I usually read James Patterson if I want a thriller, but this is almost as good!

Lily of the valley

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 11:39

I want lily of the valley in my garden but I've never managed to keep them. Each time I plant they just disappear. Maybe the clay soil doesn't suit. I've tried in pots as well, but just get a few leaves and nothing else. Are they tricky? I thought they are a bit weed-like , as my grandmother had them running all over her flower beds.

Discussions started by diggingdoris

Can you identify?

pink and purple wildflower 
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Weeping fig losing leaves

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yellowing leaves on bay

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unused tea bag uses

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Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 22:36

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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Last Post: 06/05/2015 at 23:11

Polish Spirit pruning

Too early? 
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Last Post: 18/02/2015 at 18:00

Orchid type?

can you identify please 
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Last Post: 03/02/2015 at 10:33

Fuchsia identification

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Last Post: 17/11/2014 at 17:46

Hebe Black Knight

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scilla peruviana

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Last Post: 26/07/2014 at 22:03

Day Lily bud problem

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Last Post: 22/06/2014 at 20:24

Too early for beans?

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