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Wild orchids

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 15:44

Put it back and Mark it with a wire cage if necessary. Hand cut the grass around it. Lifting it may kill it. The seed is minute and won't germinate without certain symbiotic organisms. Let it cast its,seed around it. 

Summer fruiting raspberries

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 07:49

A picture would help, but the leaves do go yellow on the old canes as they fruit, they are putting all the energy in to the fruit. You cut those canes out after fruiting, down to the ground. The new canes should be a healthy looking green.

Plant ID

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 07:42

I think it's a type of verbascum. I have a violet one that looks similar. I don't mean the mullein type.

Have a look at Verbascum phoeniceum flush of white. 

Oh come on!

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 16:01

Licensing people don't believe you. Hubby had no TV in his old house. He wasn't there most of the time. He told them repeatedly he didn't have a telly. Still the demands kept on coming.

Oh come on!

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 15:59

I thinky Monty said something about you couldn't be self sufficient in this country in an average plot. He's right. No bananas, pineapples, no chocolate, no coffee, no tea.

He also said that home grown produce in season tastes better. I don't disagree with that.

I read an article last week, some journalist was only buying local.

He included chocolate made by some artisan up the road. Unfortunately the cocoa beans were probably grown in the same place as Cadburys. Whatever happened to Education.?


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:55

With water butts, a spot or two of vegetable oil on the surface will stop the breeding of mozzie larvae.

As dove says, tip out all other standing water, pot bases, bird baths need tipping out and cleaning regularly.

Hover flies are breeding in my comfrey water. I leave them.


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:46

My brother fitted a new gas boiler for me  yesterday. (Yes, hes a qualified gas fitter, on the gas safe register) Today he's coming back to sort the electric controllers out and connect the cupboard lighting in the kitchen. Handy that hes a qualified sparky too. it may mean I have no electrickery for part of the day, so have a good day folks.

  Its wet here, saves on the watering time.

Wisteria shrub

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:41

wisteria has to be trained and pruned to maximise the chance of flowers.

Either train over a pergola, as I have, or along a wall or fence, flat to it. I  have a friend with one like this, and there are some beauties around.   Without formative pruning and tying in, you just get a tangled mess which will take many years to flower

Overhanging neighbours trees

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:35

We paid £400 for careful pruning of an oak with a tree protection order. It took three men a full day,  two on the ground, one swinging from ropes in the tree with a chain saw, and a large industrial shredder. I kept the shreddings for mulch and the log pile for wildlife. They have to pay for training, equipment, specialist protective clothing and public liability insurance.  Bargain.

if you pay a man with a chain saw who knocks on the door touting for work, dont be surprised if it all goes wrong.

Maybe your neighbour hates the sycamore but can't afford to have it removed safely. Have you tried talking to him and offering money towards the cost.?

Where is the Gardener's World website?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 07:19

You need the bbc website. This is the magazine website. Try the following link.

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