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Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:32

I suspect that getting rid of your briambles will improve matters - rabbits love to shelter in a briar patch - remember Brer Rabbit   They will be sheltering there and popping out to raid the nearby allotments.

Yes, the fencing needs to be turned out at the bottom in the direction of where the rabbits are coming from - some details here 

Help with choice of hosta

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:11

I grow 'Sum and Substance' and they are left alone by the varmints, they have mounds of big tough leaves.  Blue Angel does get attacked if I don't handpick around them in the evenings. We have hedgehogs, frogs and blackbirds in the garden and they certainly help keep slugs, snails and weevils etc at bay.  

I don't put slug pellets down but as soon as the hostas are peeking through the soil I surround them with a mulch of sharp sand and make sure there are no nearby leaves or stems of other plants which slugs and snails could use as a 'bridge' to reach the hostas.

I keep other hostas in pots and again, I inspect them regularly for lurking slugs, snails etc. 

Huge garden hedge

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 20:01

I would get professionals in to take the height down to about 8 feet, and to shape the sides properly.  

You might then be able to maintain it yourself with the proper equipment - you'll need a safe ladder system and powered hedge trimmer and you'll also need to study some information about how to use them safely - or you could get professionals in to trim and tidy it once a year. 

Don't let anyone cut it back hard at the sides - if you cut into the older wood it is brown and will not grow new green leaves again - ever! and you will be left with a very ugly hedge.

I am sure that your new neighbours will be very happy with you if you reduce the height of that hedge - it looks like Cupressus Leylandii which can grow very tall indeed and cast deep shade over neighbouring gardens - the tallest documented at the moment is over 100 feet tall!  

hydro help

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 19:53

I'm wondering whether, rather than use a water butt, you couldn't utilise one of these systems to send water to several of your box systems


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 19:48

Hello folks  tired snowdrop walking legs are up on the Brazilian leather pouffe 

Pictures of snowdrops, hellebores and Friendly Forkers are on the East Anglian Snowdrop Walk thread - there were so many hellebores - Nut took lots of photos of them, I hope she'll post some of them. 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 19:41

Any perceived dumpiness anywhere is definitely down to thick jackets Nut. 

Also, I hope you all realise that the wall to wall sunshine and no hint of any rain was down to my purchase of a jacket which is guaranteed to be 100% waterproof especially for the occasion 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 19:39

 Sorry, pic and names together in one post ....

Landgirl, Dove, Panda, Nutcutlet, Artjak 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 19:18

Yes, with the hat on - that's Panda 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:59

 Sorry, here we are 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:52

Hello - I'm home too   Lovely day, lovely flowers and shrubs and trees, lovely company, lovely sandwich - boring cake but my Foodie Friend went to the cafeteria management and explained that a Lemon Drizzle cake should contain both lemon and drizzle and ours had neither - we expect improvement next time



 Examples of different snowdrops.






 Snowdrops and aconites






 There were more hellebores than you could shake a stick at 






 Friendly Forkers 

Landgirl, Dove, Panda, Nutcutlet and Artjak

Don't know why I'm pulling a strange face  

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