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Talkback: Bluebells

Posted: 16/02/2012 at 20:58

My garden is full of the Spanish Bluebells in spring, and they are fantastic, the beauty of them is you can plant on top of them because they grow so deep, I've been down a full spade dept and still cant get to the bulbs---not that I want to, when the flowers go over I pull them up and about a foot of growth comes up I do the same with the leaves, so there is loads of greenery for the compost, and the following spring up they come again--as good as ever,

Talkback: Leafcutter bees

Posted: 16/02/2012 at 20:45

I have the leaf cutter Bee in my garden and find them fasinating, they do no harm to the flowers just cut a beautiful circle out of a leaf, I put a bee box on the house wall , the one with the canes inside, and love watching the busy Bees going in and out, they lay there egg, put a blob of honey in for the grum to feed on then seal up the cane with the cut leaf, then next spring the " Baby " grows and hey-presto a new baby Bee, 

NEVER,NEVER use PESTICIDE, you will kill all the Bees etc,

Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 16/02/2012 at 20:33

My son built me raised beds with reclaimed stone and bricks, they are just over 3ft high, and they are super, no more bending and stooping, I ordered 1 ton of top soil and spent a whole day shifting it by muck-bucket, it was very hard work and I sat down after every 10 buckets, but very satisfying and best of all the plants love it, they can grow lovely deep roots, and I don't need to water so often, also all the flowers are at eye level, which is lovely, last year I grew Cosmos and it reached up to the roof of the conservatory, and they were full of lovely Bees, I have never regretted having raised beds,

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms

Posted: 16/02/2012 at 20:18

I agree, the Sarah Raven programme was fantastic, and it all makes sence, just let the hedge rows/wild flowers grow,we have many baron fields around us that look dreadful so why can't they be ploughed then sewn with wild flower seeds, then left to get on with it, the flowers will look stunning then they will set seed, then the seeds will grow and the whole cycle starts again, hence lovely flower fields and more impotantly plenty of food for Bees etc, but then again it probably pays the farmers to keep the fields baron !!!


Posted: 16/02/2012 at 19:58

my hibiscus is about 15yrs old( it's redheart) I prune it lightly after flowering as the ends of the stems look thin and shriveled, then as the new growth starts I cut back to a good bud, the same as you would for roses, I've fed  it with Gromore a few times, but I never see any differance from that, it always has loads of flowers and it grows in peat enriched soil because 40yrs ago it was heavy clay, It could be that it's still a bit young, I have fun growing more plants from the seed, but they hardly ever come back the same colour as the parent plant, but it's great fun waiting to see just what colour the flowers will be,

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