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New Clematis Armandii

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 09:49
john colquhoun wrote (see)

As we are on subject, can anyone recomend a nice clematis to grow through a plum tree ??. Was thinking a group 3 ?

How big is the plum tree John?  A lot of the Group 3s aren't terribly big, 'cos you cut them down every year - C tangutica Bill Mackenzie is often grown into trees and gets taller than most Group 3s.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 09:38

Lily - snow - in Sussex???   We've got wall to wall sunshine - which direction is the snow coming from?


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 09:36

Edd, it was the CTRL and the Windows key -  I should have asked him if this cold I've got is an internet virus


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 08:42

Oh dear! Just been having a real giggle   A nice young man phoned me about my BT internet connection (we're with Virgin) - apparently he can tell that every time I switch my computer on I download viruses

I was very concerned - it must have made my voice go all 'little old lady-ish'. He said he could help me if I pressed some particular buttons on the keyboard - I told him I'd done it but the screen just went black - he said I'd done it wrong and I was to do it again but every time I did it still the screen was black  He was very puzzled and eventually said that I'd have to re-start my computer.

By that time I was bored so somehow my normal voice came back and I told him I knew it was a scam. The line went dead. 

How do I encourage hedgehogs into my garden?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 08:25

I've just had an email from Hedgehog Street with the following information on creating a Hedgehog Friendly garden - thought you'd find it helpful

1. Cherry (try varieties 'Stella' or 'Sunburst') A good urban tree: pick the right rootstock and it will fit in any sized garden. The leaves are the right size for hedgehogs to make their hibernation nests from so this will provide a ready natural source of bedding.

 2. Thyme Plant this between the cracks in your patio or in on the sunny edge of a bed. Aside from being incredible on roast chicken, it is the foodplant for several moth species = caterpillars = hedgehog food.

3. Willow One of the best plants there is for encouraging insects, it ranks up there with the mighty oak. For smaller gardens consider growing a willow structure or maintaining as a coppiced plant to keep in check.

4. Bird’s-foot-trefoil This legume is the foodplant for the common blue butterfly (and five others), and will also be very attractive to flying insects when in flower. Does well in a perennnial wildflower mix.

5. Honeysuckle Aside from the glorious nectar-rich flowers, this plant keeps its structure during winter which makes it attractive as a nest site. Grow it over your log pile to maximise the potential of this feature.


Visit this page to see more things you can do to improve your garden for hedgehogs...




Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:56

Where's the doom and gloom?

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:11

Use a proper rat bait station and pets will be safe

Hedgehog or rats

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:02

Rats are very crafty.  When I've had a rat problem I've used one of these

It sorted the problem within a few days.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 06:53

Gemma If carrots disintegrate within a week of purchase then there's definitely something very wrong somewhere!  It needs to be taken it up with the Veg Manager at the supermarket/s concerned. 

deliberate or not

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 06:47

Hopefully the new neighbours will be an improvement

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