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Posted: 15/08/2014 at 07:55

Good morning KEF 

I think I've got Salvia-itis at the moment 


Posted: 15/08/2014 at 07:37

A lot of singers avoid dairy before a performance as it can 'clog' the respiratory system. 

Squirrels, what to do?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 07:33

Would Velcro work?  They'd stick to the velcro and then ............................. 



Only joking folks


Posted: 15/08/2014 at 07:32

Take care of yourself Clari - stay off dairy - it can promote snot 

White Garden

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 07:26

I know a lovely front garden on the coast which has a posts with holes drilled through, and nautical rope from a ship's chandler threaded through, a bit like this 

It looks really effective. 

Rose id and mystery shoot

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 07:10

We'd need more detailed  photos of the blooms in bud, just opening and open fully, plus time of year when it flowers and other information to identify the variety.

However, the new shoot is just that, a new shoot and is Good News!  When the bush is pruned I would prune the new growth lightly and prune the old growth more severely.  Pruning stimulates growth so the old growth will grow more strongly and the shape of the bush should even up.

It will be happier if some of the planting around it's base is cleared and some slow-acting fertiliser applied in the early spring.  

What's causing this?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 07:04

Definitely not birds.

I'd  suspect a rat. "....rat holes generally have a fan-shaped mass of freshly dug soil outside.... " 

Squirrels, what to do?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 06:58

Hanging bird feeders on long cables was one of my methods of outwitting the squirrels - they couldn't get at the bird feeders like that.  But the cables have to be long enough so that the squirrels couldn't hang upside down from the branches and reach the tops of the feeders and pull them off.  Also I wired the tops of the feeders shut - it took ages to refill them. 

I've even seen squirrels shin up the Shepherd's Crook type poles to get at the feeders - greasing the pole with cooking oil foils them, but the poles need re-greasing every day.

The look on the squirrel's face when he jumped onto the pole and slid slowly down to the ground was priceless 


Posted: 15/08/2014 at 06:51

Good morning all 

Blue skies and sunshine here this morning - highest temp yesterday 23.8C and lowest last night 12.2C  - not bad for what is beginning to feel like autumn.  

Remember those free species-type tulips from last year?  I grew those in pots - I'm going to plant them in the front border this autumn - they usually keep going nicely - I think it's the tall Darwin-types that don't last more than a couple of seasons. 

Sansevieria woes - am starting to yell at them - help please!

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 06:31

I once had a similar problem - tall sanseveria leaves bending in the middle and flopping over in a previously very healthy plant.

I eventually realised what the problem was - we'd moved house and the window sill where the plant now lived no longer received as much bright sunlight as the plant was used to. The leaves grew taller searching for the sunlight and eventually couldn't support their own height.

I cut off the flopping leaves at the base and moved the plant into a sunnier spot.  When new leaves grew they were shorter and sturdier.

However, my plants didn't have problems at the roots, as yours do. I suspect that planting them too deep has caused this.  

I would re-pot in a really free-draining compost (at least one third vermiculite or similar), and make sure that it's not planted too deep.  Place in a really well-lit windowsill, water once and then not again until the compost feels really dry an inch below the surface.

I hope that helps - good luck 

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