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Camera Corner

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 14:07

 One of my own seedlings that I moved into a more suitable position last year.

 Shooting star.

 Left to right H. niger , local nursery £2.50. H niger  T&M £16 plus p & p. Shooting star GC £15 The ones on the outside, I figure you get what you pay for. The one in the middle, does not look so good value to me.

A confusing tree

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 13:59

Squirrels eating all my camellia flowers.


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 13:57

I've had a walk around the garden, picking up bulbs that have been dug up or otherwise decided to leave the earth and lie on top. The blackbird is singing away, but no haggis to be seen. The overwintering brassicas are doing very well, some sprouting broccoli and kale picked this week. I gave them a feed with some nettle stuff i had left over as its so mild.

 The bulbs I have put in pots, mainly snowdrops pushed out of clumps,  I can replant them/give them away later.  Bulbs are emerging well. The first pulmonaria is flowering, and the squirrel has decided to eat the camellia buds. I might as well chop it out. The squirrels eat all the flowers before they open.

 I'm going to put some hellebore pictures on the camera thread. I'm thinking of pollinating "shooting star" with a double red that is about to flower. I know Verdun will say thats a bit of a long term project, but I hope I have a good few years in me yet. My parents are still alive in their eighties, My great aunt Mabel died at 101, (on my dads side), my dad has a 92 year old cousin still driving, and my mums Aunt Sylvia asked me to her next birthday party when she came to my mums 80th. She's 98 next and still going strong.

It must be all those gardening genes keeping us fit.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 22:32

excellent news, Pentillie and for you too Busy-lizzie.

5 Bed Crop Rotation

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 16:20

Potatoes, legumes, brassicas alway follow peas and beans,  root crops, last.

 So if you swap 3 for 2 , you have the right order.

Would like a artificial grass course recommendation please

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 16:17

Snap , thats just what I thought, LOL

how do you attach a photo on this forum as its not on any of the icons?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 21:35

Maybe the tree icon should be changed to a camera icon? This seems to stump everyone until its explained.

I need to prune mature apple and pear trees that have not ever been pruned

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 22:30

Summer prune new growth in late August. That way it will make fruiting spurs.

I have hardly ever pruned my worcester tree, and it is laden every year.

I see wild seedling apples at the side of the road that are laden every year and they never get pruned. Maybe we try too hard with pruning, and certainly worry about it too much.

help me

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:47

If the roses are outside, you could try hanging a fat ball over the plant on a string. The blue tits will come for the fat ball,and while they are waiting their turn, they will eat your greenfly as well.

help me

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:45

Very quick. Aphids breed faster than rabbits.

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