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Planting out Garlic

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 15:05

I'd get them out now if your soil's not too wet - we have free-draining loam so planted ours direct in the ground last autumn and now they're growing away nicely. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:53

Clari, wrap them in layers of soggy newspaper and put them in a cool corner. 

Congrats on having perfect vision - let me tell you, it's so annoying when that first sign of ageing makes itself known 

We have 'robin' in the front garden Fg , but when we get some undergrowth planted I'm hoping he and his missus will move into the back.  We've got lots of goldfinches who love the ash trees and sing to us most of the day.  We had a pair of bluetits rear two broods in a nest box on the other ashtree last year, and this year they're very much in evidence, with the male sitting in the ashtree warning off any interlopers, so hopefully they'll use the box again.  

Next door have two tiny ponds and get lots of frogs, who also visit our garden in damp weather - hopefully we'll see them more often if we provide more 'damp'.

OH is back outside digging the pond - I'm feeling a bit 'under the weather'  so have been sent indoors to put my feet up and watch Cagney & Lacey with you lot on the sofa.  OH very sensibly said that it's only just over 24 hours since I was running a temp and had horrid earache  and I've done a load of washing, baked a batch of bread, hoed and raked in the garden and done a lot of pond supervision - that's enough 

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:19

Don't think it's Knotweed - the dreaded JK has shoots and leaves growing alternately from each side of the stem - yours looks as if the shoots are growing in pairs.  

Are there any leaves we can have a look at?

Can anyone help identify what bird this is?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:11

Snap Obelixx 

Can anyone help identify what bird this is?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:11

Yes, it's a female Greater Spotted Woodpecker  the males have red at the nape of the neck.

Lucky you - if you want to put food out for it they really like those fat blocks in wire cages, the ones that have insects in the mixture.  

With a bit of luck if they know that the food is there they'll bring the youngsters to feed there later in the spring - the youngsters have red caps.

I used to watch a pair bring the juveniles each year to the feeders outside my office window. 

 

Bearded Iris

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 13:23

I wouldn't split the clumps now, I'd do it after flowering - discarding the older central rhizomes and replanting the newer ones, giving them a chance to grow on through the summer to build themselves up for the following year.  

The reason they're looking 'spread out' is probably because the older rhizomes are past their best.

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=526 

Apple tree

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 13:15

Can you post a picture so we can get some idea of where it's at?

If you've not posted a pic before click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions.

 

Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 12:58

There is a rosa Hanky Panky on Peter Beales' website  http://www.classicroses.co.uk/products/roses/hanky-panky/ 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 12:51

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http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39229.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 This is the job in progress - as you'll see we've got more space than some people, but we have to leave room on the lawn for lying on our backs gazing up through the branches of the ash trees and being swooped over by the bats (we have an SSSI bat cave just 100m from our front door)

The pond is 2.60m x 1.70m approx.

The area between the pond and the Shady Bank (supported by sleepers) is going to be planted to provide cover for the hedgehogs so we can use some of the topsoil there, and there are some other places we can put it, but we might have to get a mini skip at some stage.  

It's not the perfect place for a pond, as it's under the tree, but we'll net it for the short period when it drops its leaves.

You can see one of the hedgehog houses and the hedgehog gate into the next garden.  There's going to be a log pile behind the ferns near the garden seat eventually.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 11:40

Hmmn - pond's getting bigger - anyone want any topsoil? 

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