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Moving peony

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 08:32

It could have been unhappy in the wet and cold springs we've had lately.  

Or has the top dressing meant that the soil level is now too high around the crown?

Nut is good at paeonies 


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 08:26

Think Hefty may have thought it was a Heffalump Trap 

All sorts of stuff going around the edge, there are already ferns, vincas, pulmonaria creeping campanula etc - at the back a tiny thicket of coppiced hazel is planned, and some sedges will find there way there too

The planting is going to go right down to the water's edge except where the pebbly gravelly beach is going.  

I've got some biggish holey stones that originally came from the North Norfolk beach (appropriated by my gardening Granny back in the early 60s when people could take stones from the beach)  these stones went from Granny's garden to Ma's garden and now to mine.  I've also bought some biggish pebbles which will go with them to provide perches for bathing birds with short legs etc. 

The builders are out there now, cutting back the liner 


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 06:57

Edd - we have some grazing marshes and a river etc just the other side of the hill - they're a local nature reserve - we've planned to go for a walk and dip a jamjar or two in one of the ditches - don't think there'll be a problem with that 

Hefty was out and about earlier in the week - the havoc in the garden may well have changed his routine perambulation around the garden last night - he'll be back, I have no doubt - he likes his banana chips and mealworms too much to miss them out for long

Moving magnolia

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 06:33

I think Wadie is referring to regulations and inspections around Septic tanks in order to ensure that they work efficiently and don't cause environmental pollution  - no need to be obstructive or to prevaricate and certainly no need to panic - according to the info in the link above you'll have four years to sort things out. 

Can you show us a photo of the magnolia so we get an idea of it's size etc - to post a picture click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

Daft thoughts

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 06:20

I did overhear a conversation at the hairdressers once - "I don't understand about days getting shorter - there's still 24 hours in a day isn't there?" 

Moving peony

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 06:19

The trick with paeonies is to make sure the eyes on the roots where the new shoots come from are no more than 2" below the soil surface - more than that and they will sulk and refuse to flower. 


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 06:12

Good morning all - blue skies - there was a bit of an air frost - I don't think Hefty came for his food last night - I have checked the pond - he's not in there - we did put in escape routes for him in case he fell in.  I think he was just snuggled down as it was chilly.  Either that or else all the soil disturbance yesterday meant that there were a lot more invertebrates around for his supper 

should i prune

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 06:08

This is a really good video on pruning climbing roses 

Lots of questions

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 05:58

1)  Red and green are complementary colours - which means that red will look redder on a green background, so I would paint the shed green.

2) Dodecatheon die down and become dormant through the summer.

3) I think that bedding lobelia seedlings need more protection than they would get in an unheated draughty shed.  


Meyer Lemon Tree Trouble

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 05:50

It looks to me as if the leaves that are yellowing are the older leaves - this may be perfectly normal, as the lemon will shed old leaves and grow new ones - it may have been accentuated by the shock of moving etc, and I still think that light levels may be playing a part.

I suggest that you don't water  any more until the top two inches of the soil are bone dry.  

It's a long time since I've grown citrus, and that was in a large conservatory so I don't know about supplemental lighting - have a look here 

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