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Talkback: Escallonia

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 21:57
Hi Katie,
This shrub is a great one to have, hard as nails, lots of flowers nearly all year, I have had them as late as December before,evergreen, and can be really hard pruned. The one I have now is a cutting of my very first one I bought 15 years ago, which I left behind 2 gardens ago. I took many cuttings off this last year, like you, and now have about 25 strong, healthy little plants which I intend to plant as a hedge and they soon ramp on when they get put in the ground. There are a few different colour pinks,and a white, which I am going to keep and eye out for to add to the one I have got already. A 'good-doer', as the professional gardeners would say,and as you have seen great for our bees....

Talkback: Garden birds and garden pests

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 21:35
Lovely picture of the Longtailed Tit above. I usually get some in my garden over the winter, it seems the colder the winter the more visits I get, unlike all the other varieties of bird that come all the time. They tend to swoop down En-masse onto the large fat balls there can be 16+ at times on 1 ball, with all those tails sticking up the ball looks like a pom-pom or feather duster, its so funny to see, I never have the camera nearby though when this happens...
Today I have had a pair of Greater spotted Woodpeckers in,one of each sex, so I am presuming that they have paired up to produce the next generation, so am looking forward to them bring the youngester in when it arrives. Is it true that woodpeckers only have one egg at a time?

Talkback: Monty Don

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 21:09

I'm another one who agrees with a hour long programme, after all what is one hour out of a whole weeks TV... if we were lucky enough ever to get an hour back it would be a great idea to have 2 main presenters, then those that are not to keen on Monty (I'm one), would be satisfied as well. Carol would defo be my choice, her sheer enthusiasm and the way she uses the English language to describe things is wonderful and makes me want to get out there in my garden no matter how horrid the weather is. Luckily where I live I get Beechgrove too, so in a way I do get an hour, but still, went compared how much air time is given to other interests us gardeners are grossly undercatered for...

Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 20:36

OOh, I didn't know flat worms had got this far up (I live near Forres,Morayshire), so will be keeping a sharp eye out for them Wyrtweard...

Talkback: Common daisy

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 20:09

I think the commom daisy looks lovely in lawn, I'm not a big grass fan hate cutting it, so the daisy makes it look more natural and an excuse to leave it longer before cutting, dont mind buttercups or clover either.

Gardner's World TV

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 20:05

Thanks for that, I like Sarah Raven, she has made me want to grow dahlias for the first time, got some tubers starting in the spare bedroom.

Tesco foot christmas tree

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 18:53

Hi, Victoria

I was given a small potted xmas tree when I bought my one for indoor decorating, what I have decided to do with mind is keep potting it on until its got to a size where it will not get bashed by accident and big enough to see when Im gardening (clumsy sometimes), they look nice grown in ornamental pots. I will eventually permanently plant in the ground though. But I must add that smaller trees and shrubs do establish and settle in a lot quicker than bigger ones. But I am sure he will be fine to put out, as long as you remember where he is and not at risk of getting damaged,its getting to that planting time again anyway.. hurray!

Talkback: Plants for bees

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 18:34

I noticed last year that bees adore red/white flowering clover, I have a patch of lawn that is hardly used or walked on, so this year I am going to lift it, re-seed with red clover and leave it for our fast depleting bee colonies to feast on. I have read that it only needs to be trimmed back a couple of times a year (another plus) to re-vitalise the flowers, and I am sure will look pretty too. If for any reason this doesnt  work then I will dig it back in cos its a good form of soil improver, high in nitrogen, wish me luck

Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 18:18

Sorry meant oak killing caterpillar that are the most toxic, though they do turn into moths, of course.

Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 18/02/2012 at 18:15

Does anyone feel as I do about, not just these flat worms, but all the other 'imported' pests and diseases, that the powers that be, that are meant to be keeping a vigilent eye on imported plants, trees etc are not doing a very good job! There has been so many plant devasting problems that it is hard to name them all, the one that sticks in my mind is this oak killing moth, not only is it eating its way through whats left of our oak trees it is toxic to humans, animals, land and crops, and could be fatal. Nothing seems to kill these things and they multiply at a rate of knots. You can google it the info is scarey! At the moment the authorities are squabbling over whos responsible and who is going to foot the bill, in the meantime  these things have eaten another oak forest! These trees were fetched in by a london coucil, from a broad, probabley to save a few quid, but now someone is going to be faced with a bill for millions to get them under control, do we not have fantastic tree growing nurseries here, of course we do, so why are they not being used... I think they should do as they do to with imported animals, and quarrentine plants for a while so they can be sure they are not harboring unwanted problems,  but what about buying over the net!!

Phew!! rant over, but I do feel passionate about this subject, and although there are many beautiful plants world wide that we would love, are they worth it at the sacrifice of our own nartural plants...

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