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Posted: 16/04/2015 at 06:56

How lovely Chicky   I have a Daniel D, purchased with vouchers as part of my retirement pressy - He gave us some lovely blooms last year - according to instructions he has been cut hard back (the winter after planting) so hopefully he'll put on a lot of growth now

Copper tape

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 06:13

We have lots of birds, hedgehogs, frogs and toads - and we don't suffer too badly from slug damage - however copper strips around the pots would be a simple additional safeguard, if they work   I may will get some and see what happens


Posted: 16/04/2015 at 06:02

Good morning Fritillary and everyone else when they appear

Have to head into the city this morning to get my hair tidied ready for Pa's send off tomorrow, so no gardening until I get back from that   I found it difficult to sleep last night as I was just too warm - is it time to get the summer duvet out or will winter return?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 19:45
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

I was doing some light hoeing by the pond and spotted a pair of newts. I can't tell you excited I was.

Love newts   We had loads of Gt Crested Newts on the smallholding - we watched the males doing their courting display in the ponds flashing their tails - wonderful some of them aren't terribly bright though - every winter we'd find some squashed ones as they tried to hibernate under our kitchen doormat No wonder they're endangered!!!

I've weeded most of the front border today - while I was doing that I found a hellebore seedling underneath H. Tutu - I've potted it up and labelled it and am growing impatient - how many years until I see a flower .... someone???

When does cherry blossom?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 18:30

We're in Norfolk - some are out now, but not all of them by any means - we get chilly winds in March.

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 18:11

OK, 2'6" then - have a nip of something 'strengthening' before you do it, then do the first one - that's the only one you have to be brave for - you'll have to finish the row then or it'll look odd !  You won't cry - we'll all cheer and praise you and you'll be well on your way to being a gardener.

Fish, Blood & Bone is a slow acting organic fertiliser - you get it from the garden centre.  Follow the instructions on the pack re amounts etc.

The sort of mulch I would use would be composted bark - in bags from the garden centre - the bag should tell you how many square metres it will cover so you can work out how many bags. 

Honestly, if you cut it back as we say you'll get the most fantastic hedge rather than a mediocre one

P.S.  And a laurel hedge is so much nicer than a 'bog standard' leylandii-type conifer hedge - and much less trouble in years to come!  Good choice!


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 16:41

Pdoc - I know you warned me but those plants do have sticky labels don't they !!!

Somehow a Euphorbia martini and an Anthyllis vulneraria leapt onto my trolly with the bags of manure - no idea how that happened but you can't put them back once you've got to the checkout can you - tooooooooooo embarassing


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 15:48

Well, at this time of year the birds will be pulling it up for their nests and the blackbirds will be rootling around in it to find worms beetles and grubs

What are these?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 15:46

Yes it is Ceres I just came indoors from the garden to say that 'cos it came to me just as I was weeding the front border

Think Madpenguin has got his/her numbering confused - it's the third photo (second plant) that's the aquilegia.

What are these?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 14:51

Hi Cidermill

Green alkanet (I'd try to get rid of it if I were you - I'd give it back to the 'friend')

aquilegia - lovely

dog violet - lovely but make sure it doesn't spread where you don't want it

Not aubretia but my mind's gone blank for it's name - someone will ID it in a minute



Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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ID please

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Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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