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Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:59

Good morning Lesley, Clari and Fg 

What sort of dog Lesley?

Clari - I think plastic coops are the way to go - those mites can be such a problem.

Fg, glad your friend put your feet up for you - can you reach them and get them down now? 

Trimming Alder

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:55

The time to do it is after the leaves have fallen but before the sap rises in spring - certainly before the end of January.

There is information here on how to cut branches back flush with the trunk so that you retain a good shape without damaging the tree. 

I love alders - they're one of my favourite trees.


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:51

Hi Tomsk 

Tomatoes will need fresh soil/compost every year. 

togyenko at chelsea - moss balls and 'art grage' lighting

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:47

Yes, I too heard them say that you can get the moss balls from florists - I imagine that possible the more trendy city florists might be the ones to go to - don't think the nice lady in the little shop down the road has them. 

Minature Roses

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:44

Hi Dennygirl and Pauline

Can you tell us a bit more about your roses - varieties?  where you got them from, how long you've had them, what they're planted in and where (sun/shade etc).

It would be really helpful to see some pics to give us a few clues - to post a pic on here you click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions.

If it doesn't work let us know 

Poorly flowering magnolia

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:39

Hi Slappy Duck 

Could you post a pic of the tree for us - we need a few clues so it would be good to see where and how it's growing.

To post a pic on here click on the green tree icon on the toolbar at the top of where you type your post, and follow the instructions - if it doesn't work give us a shout! 

New Member

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:37

Hi Nicky and welcome 

When you come back to the UK, please could you manage to bring that wonderful climate with you from Antibes? 

Which general area in the UK are you bound for?

Rose with 7 petals

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:29

I think it would be quite possible to salvage that - I would hard prune it very soon, top dress it with Fish Blood and Bone and then a good mulching with farmyard manure.  With any luck it'll throw out some new shoots from below ground  - it's probably a rambler type and could be trained against the fence as a climber, or given a bit of support allowed to grow into a substantial bush. 

Rabbits (again, sorry) what to do about gates ?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:21

As has been said, rigid wire mesh fixed to the bottom of the gate AND then you need a substantial hardwood or metal 'doorstep' sunk into the ground between the gateposts - otherwise the bunnies will tunnel under the gate - it only takes them a minute or two and all your hard work is wasted.  

Don't forget the doorstep!!!


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:10

Good morning all 

Fantastic evening evening at the theatre last night watching amazing contemporary dance 

Now the sun is shining and it looks like a gardening day  

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 22:45

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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How to get around the current problem .... 
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