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Posted: 28/04/2014 at 10:41

Take the plants out of the pots, wash the roots gently and pot up again in fresh compost - laying a piece of gauze, old nylon tight etc over the drainage holes in the pot.  

A pain the the btm, but worth it in the end. 

English bluebell,Spanish bluebell,scilla is it me or are these plants confusing

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 08:33

Your first picture looks a bit like an English native, but I think that the flowers don't all come from one side of the stem, and that they're not drooping enough.  This pic shows English native

 But as my earlier link says, the  colour of the pollen is the definitive difference, and the scent of course. 

As this link from the Natural History Museum states, "....The flowers are usually deep violet-blue but paler blue forms (rarely white and very rarely pink) do occur...." and I photographed one yesterday in the centre of a 125 hectare Ancient Woodland


Favourite Garden Pest

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 08:21

We don't have a lot of snails in this garden, but those we do have are mainly the lovely banded ones, that look like mint humbugs, they're so pretty

 We also have large red slugs Arion rufus who mate on our lawn on damp summer mornings - they are impressive, and as they eat the keel slugs and little grey ones that do most of the damage in the garden, I leave them alone.


What to plant?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 07:41

Six inches of land full of old tree roots is not going to grow anything of any height.  I agree with pansyface - I think a fence with climbers is the answer.  

We have a row of trellis on top of our fences to give additional height without it being oppressive, and we grow montana and alpina clematis there - they provide good cover quite quickly. 


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 07:24

It's noticing the detaisl that enables us to see the differences - and that only comes with time 


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 07:18

Good morning all 

Happy Birthday OL   Hope today is a lovely day!!!



Posted: 27/04/2014 at 22:02

That's sad Nut 

And yes, Happy Birthday for Tracey tomorrow in case I forget, as I'm 26 

I'm going to bed now - sweet dreams folks 

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