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Posted: 14/02/2017 at 08:08

B,F&B for me and I've never had an issue with foxes in any garden - and there's always been plenty of them.

I use tomato food for clematis and any other heavy flowerers, as an extra to the BF&B. That's good if you grow annuals too, as they often run out of steam later in the season.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 08:04

Morning all/afties Pat. No wonder you don't know if you're coming or going with your weather! 

Supposed to be sunny here today, but it looks very grey - just like yesterday. At least the wind seems to have died down - the wind chill made it much colder than the four degrees it was. Higher than the previuous couple of days though.

CLari - sadly, the parents nowadays behave like petulant four year olds, so what chance have the children got?

Lovely pic Yvie - the markings are beautiful.

I'm running behind like the coo's tail, so I'd better shift and get ready. Blackbirds are chomping everything out there now that it's light earlier, so I'll go and top up their supply 

Have a good day all.

Japanese anemone won't bloom

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 07:58

Hi tanechka, as you've said 'fall' I'm guessing you're not in Britain, where most of us are! 

They don't usually cause any issues here, and some people find them invasive because they seed around. What's the ground like that they're planted in?

They're normally not fussy plants.A bit of sun is fine and shouldn't cause any issue. Mine are in damp ground as we get a lot of rain, and they get a sprinkle of Blood, Fish and  Bone in spring along with the plants around them, and that's it. No other treatment. 

Which tree??

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 21:53

Only something columnar would look ok too. Anything 'tree' shaped would have to be butchered constantly to fit. 

Is there a reason for wanting a tree? If it's for privacy, you'd be better putting a hedging plant in and keeping it pruned to fit. Hornbeam or Beech retain their foliage and are happy to be kept tight. Amelanchier lamarckii can be grown in a tree like way - ie  keeping a main trunk and having a canopy, but there really isn't much room for anything bigger to grow successfully, and even an Amelanchier would need pruning to keep it where you want it.

Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 21:43

Too late now I'd reckon - the birdwatch was two weeks ago...

The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:44
WonkyWomble says:

 spring is supposed to arrive Wednesday, so why not! I had my first snowdrop open today and first crocus also! 

See original post

 That's it - I'm moving south!

Even Joyce has got crocus open, and she's only half an hour south of me  

There's nae danger of that. Too far from the best hills. I'll get short shrift from the Welsh, Yorkshire and Cumbrian forkers now..... 

Gorgeous pix Salvia. Pond looks very established and settled. You must be thrilled with it. For 'novice gardeners' you're not doing too badly   

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:38

Trust you Hosta.... 

That's what worries me Firecracker. Being a Scot - I don't like the idea of spending money on something if it goes to waste....  

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:22

Are you north east England Zenjeff?

I've never seen them regularly in any garden I've had. Rural, semi rural - different locations, although all west of Scotland. Not really sure if they're  just not as common here, or whether it's down to the food supply and where it is. I do use sunflower hearts in my feeders.

I'm loathe to invest in them but perhaps I should give one of the niger feeders a go and see if I can tempt them in  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:00

Is that the exhaust of a car fidget, or his exhaust? I know which option would get the best result.....or the most satisfatory  

I sympathise. The tw*t that lives at the back of me is the same. I feel like saying why don't you fill them with petrol and double their value right away? Nothing a good flamethrower wouldn't sort. He's always faffing with them too - engines revving and God know what. 

I'm not sure how good some of these agents are either. You still have to be pro-active with it all. They'll shove anyone in if they can get away with it.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 17:54

Lovely to see those goldfinches Zenjeff. Never see them in gardens round here - saw a couple at my previous house round the corner, but it was a one off. Too much grub for them over in the NT garden across the road I reckon.

They're really pretty little things Liri. Goldcrests and Siskins! Haven't seen the goldcrests here this winter at all.

Nice box Hosta. I should really do something similar - I've got plenty of offcuts of timber  

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