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Robins holding up business

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 17:47

But how lovely Verd  

At least they won't expect doughnuts from you...

The little house at the corner of my road, diagonally across the road, has lots of lovely shrubbery and fence covering climbers along the side of their property, so I think most of the robins and blackies etc are nesting in there. Much as I'd love them to come and nest here, I don't have enough cover yet, so I'm happy to supply meals and a bath for them  


Posted: 09/03/2016 at 08:04

Always an issue here with clematis Heyjude. Picking them off as new shoots emerge is the best way for me.  Initially, potting them on as young plants into bigger pots (to get a good sturdy plant ) before putting them out is also beneficial. Sharp grit on those pots. Easier to keep an eye on them that way. 

Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 07:56

Good advice from Verdun -  keeping it from drying out is the key. Be kind to it once you get it in  the new location. If high winds are likely in your area, it might be worth giving it some support initially too. It will be top heavy even with a prune.

I'm just wondering why the OP 'pruned all the flower buds' on his...

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 07:52

Morning all/afties Pat 

Keep your wind to yourself Verd ....I don't want it  

Take care on the roads you lot, if you're driving. Think it's wet down your way today. 

Sorry to hear your news lily. I know my sister lost a number of friends in their fifties. Not expected is it? We don't really know what's waiting for us...

New planting opportunity

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 17:34

More of a large deciduous shrub than a tree, but if size is a possible issue, how about Euonymous alatus? Renowned for it's great autumn colour, although it has small yellowy/creamy flowers. 

If you fancy a contrast, the ornamental pear is nice with it's silver foliage and weeping habit. Pyrus salicifolius.

Town or Country

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 17:26

Do you live in Guernsey then GD? ... 

Around 400 feet up, about ten miles south of Glasgow. West central belt of Scotland.

Now back in a small garden again ( about 10m x 7m,  near farmland, but residential ) which was all slabs and gravel when I moved in three years ago. 

Mystery Plant ID

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 17:21

They'd take over very quickly and spoil your planting QPootle. As Lyn said - they're very difficult when they get a foothold 

You did the right thing!  

Help with filling in a box hedge

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 17:15

You'd need to access them sam, which means some sort of solid footing - so you might be best with Tetley's suggestion.

Peonies are beautiful in that kind of situation,underplanted with bulbs for spring, and some smaller structural planting  with other perennials or annuals to follow on. Strong colour but all unified, rather than a bit of this and that. That gives a more formal look.

If you want a more informal look, that would work well too, but again, you need to get in amongst the planting for deadheading etc. Some structure will help set off the blousier stuff round it  

What is taking over my garden

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:50

Plenty of manure, compost and grit added to your clay will pay dividends MsGFingers. Add some every time you pant something new too.Those additions will really open the structure up and allow you to garden more easily.  

I've gardened on clay all my life and it's by far the best medium for plants if you get the structure right. Vital for me to do it because of the high rainfall and long, cold winters, which doesn't favour many plants. 

Plants resistant to slugs

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:44

I grow very few perennials now because of slug issues here. Makes life easier 

As Verd says, grasses are good  and I grow Astilbes and Jap Anemones, and Tiarellas as well as Heucheras. They don't touch them They don't seem to bother with Pasqueflowers (Pulsatilla) either - very pretty at Easter. Geraniums are good, Sedums, and they don't touch the Acteas either. I grow quite  plants hard too which does help a fair bit. 

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