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Posted: 29/04/2015 at 08:40

I wouldn't dig them up now, let them settle - mine are growing strongly now - I suspect the browning may be down to a bit of transplant shock - Sisyrinchium also dislike chilly winds so that may be contributing too if you're in an area where chilly winds have been a problem lately - here in Norfolk we've been getting some straight off the North Sea!

runner beans

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 08:27

Well, you can keep the roots growing for more beans if you want to, and I've heard of people who do - they are perennial (the beans not the people) - but as Verdun says the crops are reported not to be good. 

I find that when I leave the roots in the ground they do regrow the following year and it's a nuisance to keep weeding them out.

ilex kinme

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 08:21

All evergreen trees drop their old leaves and grow new ones - they just don't do it all at once in the autumn like dedicuous trees do - it sounds to me as if its old leaves are dropping, a few at a time.  If it's growing new shoots I wouldn't be worrying

Clematis problem

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 08:16

Has the fence been treated with anything? 

Which weeds do you tolerate

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:42
LYDIA RAIN wrote (see)

..... This year alkanet has appeared, and I wait to see how it behaves.

It has a well-deserved reputation - not easily controlled unless you have vast acreage!

Weed killing before turfing

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:39

There are basically two types of weedkiller - the ones that linger in the soil and the ones that don't - in order to plant after using weedkiller you need to use one containing glyphosate.  This takes a couple of weeks to kill the weeds, but after that you can plant/sow again.

Spray the glyphosate and leave the weeds until they turn brown before uprooting them.

Then you can prepare your ground for the turf.


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:34

Sunny here at the moment Verdun, but it's supposed to rain today - perhaps yours is coming our way.  We could do with some, the wildlife pondlevel has dropped by about 4 inches!


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:26

Good morning all   Hope you've all had a good night's sleep - I bet Wonky did after all her exertions!

Lovely to see OL popping in

The robin has got used to the fact that when we appear so do mealworms - as soon as I was at the kitchen window this morning the robin was on the grapevine the other side of the glass, urging me to move faster and bring out his breakfast - this morning I sat on the terrace while he took two mealworms from my lap

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:19

My first Orange-tip of the spring in our garden yesterday

Apple tree vs wildlife garden?

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:16

I find that the hardy geranium Phaeum is very happy planted in the shade of our large trees, it's already in flower and will be loved by the bees and hover flies etc all through the summer.   It's easy to grow and isn't eaten by slugs and snails, and comes back every year providing good groundcover - it spreads gently without becoming invasive.

Another one for nectar for early bees is pulmonaria, as long as the ground isn't too dry.

I'm sure others will come along with more suggestions. 

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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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ID for hardy geranium please

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Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

I couldn't resist ..................................... 
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Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

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