fiona flox

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First earlies

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 20:17

My second earlies have been in the ground for a month now, and were growing well, but these last two nights of frost have caused the top growth, (about 10 cm) to be damaged.  Will they continue to grow or is it necessary to start again?


Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:36

Just to say that we have disposed of the mole, but not until he had caused even more devastation.  It was by the old method of a mole scissor trap.  Whether the chillies made him a bit woozy I don't know but at last we are free of moles for a while (maybe three years like last time).

The only problem now is getting rid of all the rats (including 9 babies) which have appeared in their stead!

Gardening is fascinating isn't it?!!


Posted: 16/09/2016 at 20:11

We have just returned from our holiday and lo and behold, 10 large hills in the lawn, well - it can hardly be called a lawn any more.  The orchard hills seem quite quiet, but I noticed some "movement" in the border of the garden.  Looks like it has come back, so thinking hats are needed, and will keep you up to date.

The elderflower mix might be worth a try.  At present we are too tired to do anything, but I will come back with any results over the next few days/weeks.


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 16:55

Thank you for your advice, Obelisk.  I think I shall have to try windmills even though I tried them before, but obviously from what I have read they need to be quite large.  We have exactly the same problem and I discover they have been "at it" underneath large shrubs so now spend most of my time looking under bushes, etc.  We have a mini-orchard and before going on holiday I noticed some hills there - goodness knows what I shall find on my return!

It very well may have to be a professional mole catcher ....


Posted: 15/09/2016 at 16:24

Having disposed of my mole in 2014, I now find that a new tenant has discovered my garden.  I feel sad that I had to kill the previous one by putting dried chillies down into the tunnels which appeared (this may not have been the case) to have caused him to go into hyper-activity, and on seeing the earth moving on the latest hill I grabbed a spade and demolished him.  I live in the country and there are plenty of nice fields for the little critters, but obviously my garden provides the best meals.

This one is doing the same as Steve 309, plus wrecking the lawn which now has bumps and hollows and is more like a battle field.

Does anyone know of a "humane" way of deterring them?

Climbing Roses

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:45

I have a Danse de Feu, which is three years old and although it does flower a little, I think I too have planted it in the wrong place.  It is against a tall (6') wooden fence and in front of it there is a large viburnum which loses its leaves in winter but flowers from September to Spring with wonderful scented pink flowers.  I feel that although several feet away it is obstructing the rose, especially since the rose faces north.

I would follow Obelixx' advice and plant in the garden.

Can I propagate wisteria and vines by layering?

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 16:41

I read the foregoing with interest as a neighbour asked me about propagating his very old grapevine which is spread even over the top of his large metal shed. He thinks I know everything - sadly he is wrong!  I thought it could be done by cuttings, so I have passed Fidgetbones' advice on to him.  Thank you very much.

Arum maculatum, cuckoopint, lords and ladies

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 11:15

I have the same problem and at the beginning there were only a few which looked quite pretty, especially with the berries (poisonous!!!).  Now they have become a real problem, they are everywhere, even in the driveway.  So far this year I have spent at least a week's worth of digging up as much as possible, but have had to dig up the smaller plants too to extract the bulbil at the root end.

Good luck!

Camellia - seed pods

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:21

Thank you both for all the above information.  I shall follow most of it as it is a trifle conflicting about the tap roots.  These seeds are pretty dry as their pod was very dark brown, dry and already split, so some of the seeds were missing.  The magnolia itself is enormous and flowers profusely with deep red flowers but I have no idea what it is called and I don't think the owner does either - it must have been about 20 years old at least.

Camellia - seed pods

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 11:01

Thank you Berghill.  I will do as you say and hopefully I shall be rewarded.  I wondered if it was worth soaking the seed before sowing and maybe "nicking" it as one would a sweet pea seed?

I live in Herefordshire and have one small white camellia (inherited with the house) and had brought with me a large pink one which sadly died in the very harsh winter a few years ago.  It would be lovely to succeed with this special one.

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Camellia - seed pods

Red, large plant with many seed pods 
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What is this plant please?

Ground hugging, variegated leaves and pink pom-pom tiny flowers. 
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I need advice on how to deter moles in the garden, the greenhouse, the lawn, the vegetable plot, oh just everwhere'1 
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Does anyone know the name of this plant?

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