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How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 12:58

I've a Xmas Cactus that someone gave me when I was first married in 1971. It's a bit of a monster now but still blooms . So that's 44 yrs old.

hyacinths

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 12:46

I've always put mine in the garden after flowering, and I have a lovey show each spring. In fact one pink one I had in a pot about 10 years ago has made babies and I now get about 5 stems of bloom on a clump from just one bulb!

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 12:42

My red robin always looked untidy, as only 3 years old and straggly. So I chose the strongest upright stem and cut all the others off at ground level. I now have a standard one that I can grow bulbs under. I'm slowly getting it into a lollypop shape, and each time I trim a bit off it shoots lovely bright red leaves. A really nice show through dull winter months. 3ft tall now.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 12:34

We lived with my grandparents till I was 5 and they had a long skinny garden with a path down the middle. One side was all flower bed, and the other was all veg, so I used to go and pick gooseberries for a pie. I hated that bit because of the prickles, but loved picking the peas as I ate most of them before they reached the pot!

Granddad also had an allotment which was behind the abattoir. I didn't like going there with him as I hated the noises that came from that place. He would get me busy finding the potatoes he'd dug up in the rich soil, and picking the caterpillars off the cabbages to take my mind off the noises.

Memories that are still so clear in my mind 60years later! Shucks, now I've given away my age!

Polish Spirit pruning

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 12:56

My clematis usually gets pruned in March, but this year as it's been mild here in Essex it is starting to show new growth about 1ft from the ground. Should I cut it back now or is it too early? One year I left it  by mistake and decided not to prune at all, but the flower show was poor. Not sure what to do , any help please?

Dealing with garden drainage--clay soil.

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 12:49

I live on the top  of a hill of clay, and the problem with  standing water is bad here. When we moved here we hired a borer and drilled down holes 20ft deep all over the back garden and filled them with stones. Sadly we never came to the bottom of the clay and were just lifting out slices of stuff perfect for making pottery! An old gent who had lived in the village all his life told us that the whole hill was a lump of London Clay and we would never get to the bottom of it. How right he was as 45 years on and we still get flooded every winter. The only help we found was to plant a twisted willow tree at the worst part. This must suck up gallons, as overnight that side of the garden becomes flood free after rain. We even dug a large pond which kept it's level all through the summers despite not having a liner at all . We had a frame over it when our kids were small but filled that in when the grandchildren started arriving.

Hope your clay is not as deep as ours. Good Luck!

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!

Discussions started by diggingdoris

Clematis problem

Clematis ahead of themselves 
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evergree trellis cover

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repotting fig

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Early Hyacinth!

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Colditz escape!

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Confused Crocus?

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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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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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