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first butterfly seen today

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 14:49

How lovely -  the only foodplant for the brimstone caterpillar is buckthorn.


We saw a butterfly in the garden today but it was over our heads and we couldn't see which it was - it could have been a Red Admiral - my 'Under Gardener' was emptying one compost bin into another and it may have been overwintering in the nooks and crannies there and been disturbed by him


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 12:59

We've been out in the garden - OH has turned the full compost heap into the empty one and incorporated some bags of semi-leafmould.  He's also dug the empty bit of the veg patch and removed lots of unwanted raspberry runners.  Love the raspberries but they're very invasive in a smallish garden. 

I've cut back a huge sage bush and started on tidying the rest of the herb bed.  I've also accidentally dug up one of my Sum & Substance hostas and had to replant it quickly.  I was looking for a place to plant another shade-lover and saw a bare patch of soil

It's been lovely out there - we were joined by a robin who loved the worms OH was turning up, and we had to keep backing off from the compost bins as they're close to the bluetit box and the bluetits are busy constructing a nest in there.

Now the cloud and damp is rolling back in and it's turning chilly again.


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 12:44

We were right!


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 12:32

I think it's creeping buttercup - dig it out with a fork and get all the roots out - learn the look of those leaves and get every little plant as it tries to appear!


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 08:47

I know that a lot of people don't, but I do.  I know that farmers used to 'roll' the fields of peas when they're around 5" tall to make the plants 'break' and grow more side-shoots, so I reckon that pinching out does the same thing.   Mind you, I don't grow the taller varieties - I only grow the short bushy ones that don't need support, more like the ones that farmers grow in the fields.

What do others do?


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 07:40

Morning KEF

I've just read back - I'd missed the bit about Chicky having a poorly back   take care Chicky ((hugs)) get well soon ((hugs))

Roses and Zantedeschia

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 07:38

Zantedeschia - I'd probably use a pot around the 2 litre size - they need planting at twice the depth for it's size (i.e. if the bulb is 2" it's tip needs to be 4" below the surface of the compost).  Keep it in a sunny frost free position and don't let it dry out.

Standard rose - lots of choice from either of these two superb suppliers

I need a 360 degree manure guide!!

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 07:18

John, Bob has it in a nutshell - just get that manure into your soil


Kev, those creatures aren't garden pests - they're helping to make your compost - it wouldn't happen without them.  Even the slugs will be the types that eat rotting vegetation, not fresh new growth.  You've got a miracle happening in there - enjoy

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