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Unusual bird behaviour

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 20:55

We have a fine 'crushed shell' finish on the houses here.  I've even seen magpies trying to hang on to bits.   The blue tits manage it no bother 


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 20:52

I like that saying KEF 

Although I do like weasels ..... but I couldn't eat a whole one.. 

Glad it's progressing fidget. I can understand the problem with the driving. I wish someone had taken my Dad's license off him in later years. It's about independence though isn't it? Very difficult. 

How on earth do you cook meals with only one pan bekkie?  

Clearing a garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 19:46

Calm your jets Mr T!  

I wouldn't worry too much about going on it to do a first cut. It's not going to look like Centre Court by next spring anyway 

Seriously - you might want to leave over sowing of any bare bits still spring. Grass seed sown in the next couple of weeks may not germinate very quickly,  and you may find the grass gradually creeps into those areas anyway. Depends on weather conditions and temps too, of course. 


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:47

It won't be the best site for a phormium but they're pretty tough. Just a thought  - I've found it to be a much more compact variety than many of the others, so it may be a bit lost there unless you have something else in behind it as well. That could be tricky with the conditions you'll have.

Ugly structure in garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:41


It'll probably need a sand down Peter just to get a good key for some paint - it looks a bit green and faded because of the aspect it's in. It could be very pretty with a bit of a tidy up. Nice to sit in with a morning coffee to plan your new plot  

Hydrangea help!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:36

I have quercifolia which is flowering just now.Just deadhead after flowering as they also produce next year's flowers on the previous year's growth. Don't cut back too far in case you remove the wood which will produce the new buds.

It's easy to tell if it's this type as the clue's in the title - the foliage is the shape of oak leaves! 

Ugly structure in garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:22

Hi Peter - my first thought would be that it looks like it's in the shade of that tree as it's very mossy, and that's not a great place for decking. 

If you want to keep the little summerhouse, perhaps you could think of taking the rest away and simply changing it to a more suitable surface and some planting. Is there a reason why it's raised up on a platform? Conditions underneath it for instance.

A few more pix would be very helpful as BM says, but perhaps you're not in the house yet!  Any extra info you can offer will help though  


Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:15

They like drier conditions anyway grandma, especially over winter. The shade will be more of an issue than the soil I think. It may lose a bit of it's colour which would be a shame. I have this one and it's particularly nice. Mine is in a raised bed in full sun although I mostly grow Phormiums in containers and I always make sure they have good drainage as we get a lot of rain. I'd add a bit of compost to your soil just to give it a boost, and retain a little more moisture if you're worried about it  

Is it the shade of a tree where it's going?

Verdict....your new plants this year

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:07

Verdun - you're right. It isn't Durban.   

I had that a few years ago so that's why it came to mind. It's Tropicanna Gold with green/yellow foliage - not the red of Durban. Flowers are too wishy washy for me. I'll find something else next year that will have better flower colour to put in front of it 

My deep red nasturtiums - 'Black Velvet' are beautiful though and I'll save some seed. They match the lily I got as a bargain in spring. Deep ruby red with dark yellowy/orange throats. They'll work well as part of a hotter area I want near the house, once my building work's done. 

Hedging plants

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 12:48

You don't want much Lou! 

Hebes if you want flowers. Or Euonymous.

That's all I'm saying 

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