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Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:11

Leopards and spots, philippa?  


Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:09

I'm with Obelixx and the others here. If you can get a balance by encouraging birds in, they'll do most of the work for you. Surely the dog isn't out in the garden all the time? 

A few hanging feeders will get these in - they love aphids 

Any big infestation - usually early in the spring when you get a lot of fresh new growth on perennials - can be washed off as described, with water on it's own, or with a tiny bit of washing up liquid in it. An old washing up bottle when it's empty is ideal for the job. Then you can let nature help you.

It takes a little while to get a balance Keith - but it's worth doing. 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 17:56

I take it you meant Siskins as well LP...or were they in a 'chapel'..... 

Lovely woodies. Haven't had any here, but I hear them over in the woodland and the NT garden 

Haven't seen a siskin in this garden (yet)  but I came back from work and filled up the cage feeder, and a  few minutes later ...these arrived....

The robin looked a bit perturbed, but they went in and a little feed together, and flew off again. We used to get them quite regularly round the corner, but it's the first time I've seen any in this garden. I'm stupidly thrilled - they're one of my favourite birds.

As Mr Costner said - 'if you build it...they will come'  

Mr and Mrs Oddbod were in for a little meal together too 

AIn't life grand sometimes 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 17:46

Evening all. Lovely to see spring pix - gorgeous Magnolia chicky  

Not terribly spring like here with the wind and an unpleasant sleety shower,  but I caught a pic of something better than spring flowers a few minutes ago which has thrilled me  

Sheer luck getting a pic. There's two of them in there....I'm ridiculously excited ....

Good luck with the greenhouse Wonks. Bit at a time remember... watch your mother doesn't fill it up when your back's turned....

Hi Mrs G. Good to 'see' you again.

Hope you weren't too worn out today Yvie. Not sleeping is horrible.

What a pain with the field Obelixx. Why is nothing ever straightforward? 

I think the daylight argument is tricky. I believe when it was discussed last year on the radio, someone said that parts of the north of Scotland would be in darkness till after 10 am. Never simple is it?

Seedling identity

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 08:08

It's ok - you can mow them with the grass - that keeps them at bay 

We had a huge sycamore inthe garden round the corner. I loved it and the seedlings weren't really an issue as they got mown. The new owners have butchered it - completely unnecessarily. It didn't affect light or anything else and was stunning in autumn. 

Removing last year's growth

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 08:05

Hydrangea pruning depends on the type, but you can take all the dead stems of Sedums any time. They usually just break off at this time of year. 

New perennial bed

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 08:03

Grasses will really help. Pick golden or rusty coloured ones as they'll work well with the colours you have in your perennials. Carexes are good - evergreen mainly, and plenty of choice. I also have a nice Uncinia rubra called Everglow which is a reddish/olive colour. I may have a pic...


Hackenochloa is another grass that's also good for using with yellowy planting. 

I'd echo using dark purples - especially for foliage contrast. That's a Ligularia (Britt Marie Crawford) behind that Uncinia. Great contrast with shape as well. It has lots of orangey/gold daisy flowers in summer. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 07:52

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there - I haven't read back yet 

Windy here too Dove. Washing also on, Joyce - it may need pegged on more securely today! 

I don't want to be running down the street after my smalls....

Seedling identity

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 20:24

Posted at the same time as you wakeshine. You're right  I can see it in the pic now you mention it! 

Seedling identity

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 20:22

I'd agree with Bob. I pull out loads every year round here!  I'd go with sycamore 

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