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mulch query

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:15

MrsG - what is Strulch? Is it a straw based mulch?


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:13

Hope Ma is ok Dove. Always a worry when these things happen.

doc- shame on you...I won't say another word....

Had a good few hours outside. Nice to get my hands properly dirty although the organic compost has a strong whiff of cow manure - don't think the girls will appreciate it - I potted on my canna and it's on the kitchen table 

Got lots of things planted in the border along back fence and put in some of the native prims I got and a few little pots of crocus. Swapped a few things around too. Will hopefully get back out tomorrow after work as it's to be nice again. The dunnocks were happy when I came in - they wanted to get to the food among the pots but I kept going back and forth and disturbing them. Compost's good - nice and crumbly. Will check what make it is and let you all know. Off to make dinner in a moment.

Bearded Iris

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:50

You can split them now - it  just means you won't get any flowers till next year. As Dove says, the big bits are past their sell by date, so it's best to get rid of them and keep the new, younger bits. I split some when I moved here at this time last year as they were in pots and very congested, and they wouldn't have flowered much anyway.  They've grown on well and I should get a nice lot of flowers this year.

i dplease

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:45

Yes azalea Alan. It would probably be happier out of that pot I think! 

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:41

If it's in various positions around the garden it might be worth asking other neighbours if they have it too. If they have, and you're in any doubt, I expect a call to the council would be worthwhile as they might come and take a look to put everyone's mind at ease.Depends how nice they are!

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:35

Yes the leaves grow alternately on JK Paul. My ex husband moved into a new house  a year or two ago and there was JK on the adjoining, council owned, woodland. It's been chemically treated.

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:27

I think the stems are a bit redder on JK.  Is there a lot of it Paul, and what sort of height is it just now?

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:16

I had the same problem at a previous house LH. The little mouse came out during the day to pinch bits and pieces. He made a little nest in the garage during the winter with some leaves in the corner of some polystyrene I used for the bottom of pots. It must have been nice and cosy! I'm not sure of the best way to prevent it especially if you're bringing the feeder in at night. Do you use a bird table for the blackies or do you feed them on the ground? Putting out small amounts - little and often on a table - might help so that it's all eaten quickly and there's very little underneath. The trouble with hanging feeders is that bits get spilt all the time so it's hard to avoid stuff on the ground. Perhaps if you only have a table for a while it might help. Even a kind of makeshift one  

Music in the Garden

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:06

I meant to tell you last week doc - the Pixies were on one of the Sky Arts channels in concert. If you've got cable tv it's bound to be on again at some point 

Plant suggestions

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:02

 If it's covered in moss - it a bit shady  Dan? Heathers prefer a bit of sun so maybe that's why it's not doing much. A pic would be great if you can manage it. 

However, Periwinkles will grow there - Vinca. The flowers are shades of blue or purple and there's also a white variety. Hardy Geraniums will be happy there whether it's sunny or a bit shady and they come in lots of colours. Easy to obtain and maintain. Euonymous are variegated shrubs which will be happy there - no real flowers but evergreen and easy to keep. Brunnera is another useful low grower and is also evergreen - small blue flowers on those usually -  it likes a bit of shade but it doesn't like it too dry so if you can give a bit more info on the conditions that would really help. Lamium also likes a similar situation to Brunnera. Small  purple/pink/white flowers depending on variety 

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