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Latest posts by Flower bird

Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 16:18
Thanks Verdun. That makes sense about the birds eating the slugs. Will put nematodes down then when the weather is a bit warmer.

Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 15:38
Am thinking of getting nematodes to deal with the mass of slugs I am expecting again this year. I can't use pellets because sometimes there are children in the area and also they think birds may eat the pellets...has anyone else heard that.
Last year the slugs nearly murdered all the bedding plants in the raised beds, I am not going to let them get away with it this year. If you use nematodes do you need to change the compost later in the year or can you just put fresh compost on the top?

Potting on or Planting out?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 15:26
I am just hardening off my geranium cuttings which have been inside all winter. I put them out in the morning and bring them in again about 5pm, I will do this for two weeks. If it is windy I will shelter them and also from hard rain but touch wood we haven't had any rain since I started putting them out. They are doing ok.

Advice required for low maintenance raised beds?

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 15:15
Not sure if all that is for you fabio, but I hope it may give you a few ideas.

Advice required for low maintenance raised beds?

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 15:09
I look after raised beds for a nursing home, some of the shrubs are hydrangeas, azalea, pieris, and a few others which I can't remember off hand, we do have a California lilac and fatsia japonica but they may be too big.......whatever, all these shrubs are pretty low maintenance, we have some blue bells and narcissus planted in there. And just to add a little colour in the summer I put quite a few annual begonias in, they look very nice and once again low maintenance, just a little water when they need it. Hope this is of some help, good idea to look at the labels on shrubs to see how high they grow. Each spring with most of the shrubs I care for I give a prune, I read up on them all to make sure I looked after them properly. I also give a general feed (slow release in the spring and an eracious feed on any acid loving shrubs in the spring). This may sound a lot but believe me it isn't.

No posts either

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 14:54
Hi chris, I had a problem posting a few minutes ago on one of the discussions, didnt accept my reply. Hopefully this one will get through.

New bed is on a layer of paving about 12-18 inches deep -help!

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 14:40
You could probably put annual summer bedding plants in there, but very doubtful for shrubs.......see what others say.....ther must be soil under the paving, could you get someone to break up the paving for you?

Lavender

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 18:28
Thanks figrat, chopped up the soil alot , will keep an eye on it.......have got a load of grit, should have checked this out before planting.....could always go back and put some grit down tomorrow.

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 17:16
I love the pots with the blue hyacinths, they look lovely, x

Lavender

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 17:13
I have moved my lavender into the garden today, planted it in our clay soil, hope it takes, was looking a bit worse for wear in its pot.....hope it settles, I know clay soil isn't the best, put some compost round it so will see how it goes.

Discussions started by Flower bird

Plagues of caterpillars each year on our geraniums

How to control or prevent them 
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Last Post: 10/04/2014 at 10:46

How to save my geraniums form crawlers eating them

Pests 
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Last Post: 23/07/2013 at 09:46

Leaf yellowing

Geraniums 
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Last Post: 24/05/2013 at 19:53

Spellcheck taking over and no emails

Difficulties with writing on posts 
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Last Post: 28/04/2013 at 17:19

Talkback: Spring jobs in the garden

Hi Pippa, enjoyed your blog......I went to see the garden I look after today, I haven't been there for a few weeks so it was a nice surpris... 
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Last Post: 26/04/2013 at 18:17

Bedding plants

Safe to take a chance 
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Last Post: 25/04/2013 at 22:33

Hardening off

Geranium cuttings 
Replies: 3    Views: 347
Last Post: 07/04/2013 at 11:01

Top soil feed for shrubs

Slow release feeds 
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Last Post: 06/04/2013 at 20:05

First day of spring

Replies: 11    Views: 431
Last Post: 01/03/2013 at 18:06

Continuation of slugs

Can't kill em 
Replies: 19    Views: 746
Last Post: 09/02/2013 at 14:59

Busy Lizzies

This years seeds 
Replies: 6    Views: 838
Last Post: 19/04/2013 at 21:18

Winter feeding of cuttings

Geraniums 
Replies: 18    Views: 662
Last Post: 25/01/2013 at 09:53

Winter feeding of cuttings

Geraniums 
Replies: 0    Views: 234
Last Post: 20/01/2013 at 12:18

New to all this this

Photograph uploads 
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Last Post: 15/01/2013 at 17:54
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