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Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:48

The type are the ones that panda is cowering under in her avatar. They were here when I moved in, and I just spread them around a bit. I'm not  very knowledgable about snowdrops. I can identify single ones, doubles, big ones and yellow ones.  I found out the last two are too expensive for my pocket.

How to hide neighbours house

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:44

New houses are usually built on concrete rafts. Trees are much less likely to disturb the foundations than the old method of building.  I wouldn't plant an oak, but things like flowering cherries, or even a big apple tree on a vigorous rootstock such as malling 106 will hide a slab of wall, if you plant it say 20ft away from the building, leaving some room behind for compost heaps etc.

Or maybe you could get the owner of the slab to grow a climber up his wall to soften  the view?

Chicken manure - what should I do with it?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:35

Chicken manure will burn any plants it comes into contact with. It is stronger than horse manure. I agree with philippa, I would use it well mixed into the compost heap, and use it as an activator.  Once the heap has heated up, turned and heated up again, it will then be fit to use on the garden. If you're short of clippings to mix it with, rip the newspapers into shreds and add that as well as some water.


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 11:26

The book I bought yesterday has detailed instructions for hybridisation of hellebores. Apparently you pick the mother plant for the structure, so I'm going to use shooting star,because its really strong and the flowers face out and up. The fathers are going to be some of the new ashwood ones I got.  a double on a single only gives about 25% doubles, whereas double on double gives about 90%. I will also save self pollinated seeds off the choicest new ones, to see how they hold true. 3 to 4 years from seed to flower... watch this space.

 Very blustery here but dry at the moment.     All those going out, stay safe.

  Who was it wanted snowdrops in the green for the garden? I can bring some on Wednesday. Just standard singles, but they multiply well to give a good clump in two or three years. I did look at some choice varieties yesterday, but at £15 for a single bulb of wendys gold, and £4 for a sam arnott, I figured I wasn't going to risk them with the squirrels. They might not eat them but they seem to be fond of digging them up at the moment.

Did you know?

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 23:10

Mike, the roses---- I think they are hardwood cuttings.

  I thought that Irishmans cuttings were when you detach a small piece off a plant with a few roots already attached. I do this with Phlox paniculata plants in spring, just as they start growing. A sharp knife down the side of the plant detaches a shoot with a few roots attached which rapidly becomes a new plant after potting on.

More plants for free

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 22:44


I now have this impression of drunken mice staggering around the garden.

Insect repellant/deterrent

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 21:06

Citronella oil is used by horsey people to keep midges off the horses. It was always sold as insect repellant eg such as in candles, but the powers that be decided that it could only be used as perfume unless it underwent clinical trials etc and so you will only find it labelled as a perfume. I use it dabbed on wood or other articles where I am sitting.outside. It seems to work for me.

Insect repellant/deterrent

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 20:38

Citronella oil.( not a licensed use now,it is supposed to be a perfume only.

Avon skin so soft oil

Lots of vitamin b complex (water soluble so you cant overdose) or marmite or vegemite.

For hellebore enthusiasts.

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 20:27

I duplicated the picotee one I bought. I got a double yellow one.


Log pile

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 19:43

If you are worried about the logs rolling, hammer in a couple of stakes on each side of the pile. As for yew being poisonous, I hope the kids aren't chewing it? Its not poisonous if they leave it alone, or wash their hands after being in the garden.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

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Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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