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Which birds nest is this?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 15:09

They didn't just mention the poo, as I recall the goldfinches demonstrated!!! 


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 14:45

Nearly 23C in the shade here in Norfolk Edd, and that's with a cooling breeze off the coast - it's absolutely glorious - the goldfinches are singing their hearts out in the ash trees and there's hoverflies and other buzzy insects busying themselves in the herb garden and al over the Shady Bank.  

I've just picked a bowl full of golden gooseberries and another bowl of raspberries.

Now it's time to put my feet up and watch some Wimbledon - life doesn't get much better 


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 12:56

Just a thought - the trellis behind the clematis - is that paint water soluble and have you had some heavy rain recently? 

Hawthorn Hedge

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 12:54

Good deduction Edd 

That would've been my guess too.  

Powdery mildew affects plants that are susceptible due to stress of one sort or another - often under-watering, particularly with something recently planted which has a lot of greenery to support, when its roots haven't really had time to establish.  

I would make sure that there's no grass or weeds growing around the base of your hedge, and give it a good watering once a week until the autumn.  If we get a prolonged hot dry spell do this twice or more a week. 

With a bit of care I'm sure your hedge will recover.

Good choice by the way - I love a hawthorn hedge 

How to tame a Hollyhock!

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:41

Got plenty here



Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:36

Morning BL and Clari 

Glad you had a good holiday BL Photos of  DA's rose garden are gorgeous!

Clari ((hugs)) 


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:23

Verdun, not really worth my while racing with Cornwall anyway - I know Norfolk's limitations   You're probably a month ahead of us!

By the way, I've been meaning to tell you - I'm growing Runner bean Emergo this year - I had to buy in plants as I had almost nil germination from half a packet of seeds of Wisley Magic left over from last year.  

I saw the Emergo in the GC and remembered that you recommended them, so we have high expectations!!!   Still only half way up the poles as of course, there was delay .............. 


How to tame a Hollyhock!

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:16

David, I've been looking closely at hollyhocks - it seems to me that hollyhocks growing in sites like the ones you mention, cracks in tarmac etc, are healthy rust free hollyhocks, whereas those in soil beds contract rust and deteriorate quite quickly.

Putting my thinking cap on I surmise that the rust spores probably get washed away from tarmac, concrete etc in heavy rain, whereas those that fall on soil remain there to reinfect the hollyhock.

What do you and others think?




Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:14

Have a good day Panda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:56

I imagine you are Verdun 

Mine's 9.5" from soil level to top, nice and sturdy with lots of side shoots, but no flower buds yet.  It's cooler here than in Cornwall.  She's had to contend with a few bits being chomped out of her by one of those slugs that we don't have in this garden , so to keep her safe from them she now sits in pride of place in the centre of the table on the terrace 

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