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Latest posts by flowering rose

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 16:05
I had the green variety for many years then it disappeared.At the time it was very good ,flowerd well and divided well.must get another,red this time.


Posted: 16/10/2012 at 16:00

please tell me you don't throw the fruit away,even if they are deformed you can still use them.I make quince jam from both types of quinces...japonica and tree variety the name escapes me.The scent and colour of the japonica is lovely and if you have only a few you can add them to other fruit.

My japonica bushes this year were very poor and one died,,maybe too wet or cold.The tree produced very little maybe its lack of bees or combination of it all.

Reusing clay soil to raise patio level?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 15:51

I dont know about a patio but here where my garden is heavy clay ,houses have subsided when the clay dried out and I have a patio built by the last owner on clay and its not good.Admittedly I am on a hill but I think you might need a better shall we say base for the slabs to go on .


Posted: 16/10/2012 at 15:42

I saw this in a field and thought better not eat that,I don't know what type it is but there were lots scattered about

Talkback: Where have all the hedgehogs gone?

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 13:35

I have noticed a decline in my area mainly due to traffic and gardens being turned to grit or house extensions.When I here 34 years ago hedgehogs were common sight and all manner of wild life,but a lot were being killed on the road (it use to be a safe quite road alas no more)and their habitat taken over and of course the way people garden .Foxes also are declining due to the cubs being knocked down there was a high number killed by cars last year(I saw this as a nurse walking to work in the early hours of the morning)also on the common allot of the birds I use to see gather there in winter do not.We are blessed with a woods and wildlife but not quite as it use to be.I have seen the decline in hedgehogs and cant remember the last time I saw one.

Clematis Montana 'Pink Pefection@

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 15:20

I have had a very poor year with some of my clematis but others have done ok,like Elsa spath and Indian star but Nellie mos er was a pathetic and yellow leaved.They do suffer from  slugs etc and you must plant them deep and only feed when in flower.normally I have to water them daily in spring (not the early ones) but it was over board with the rain this year.Pruning you can do to soon and cut back to much so be careful.but montana's ( I have Elizabeth \and another that escapes me )do quite well in my clay soil.


Posted: 15/10/2012 at 15:12

I would say that last year I lost my rosemary to the very cold    and wet weather.They have in the past been fine in winter but too much rain and severe cold they could not take.fortunately I took some cuttings and also from my sons hedge and I now have replacements.I think with all plants if you take cuttings  at least you have a back up.

lemon trees

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 15:07

I have a lemon  and orange tree ,of which I have nearly killed several times.I have learnt,they don't like central heating and like living in the conservatory and to go out in summer.They  don't care to be harshly pruned,they like to be misted and fed a special feed one for summer and one for winter(although I suspect you could do your own).they liked to be watered when dried out and not so much in winter.good that your doing so well ,mine look hopeful this time and just might fruit next year!


Posted: 15/10/2012 at 14:57

I do love these plants just planted a different variety,but I like these.there is a field in Devon by a certain donkey sanctuary that looks wonderful in spring with these,a whole field full.a delight.

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 12:35

My daughter keeps 4 hens and they provide her with 4 eggs each day until winter or when they lose their feathers about 2 a day from each of them.She keeps them in a big enclosure with double wiring and protective roofing to drain excess water off.She lets them out to roam free around the garden each day (she does not clip their wings but best to as they do fly over the fence).She cleans them out regularly and feeds them with pellets ,corn(treat) and a mash with grit.Her biggest problem is rats and you must ensure any food is put into a steel bin at night and any left overs(rare) removed.Foxes do come in the garden but because of her locking them in a secure compound at dusk they leave alone.(my parents kept chickens in the countryside and did not secure them at dusk and ,yes ,on more).They often suffer with mites and sometimes their crop will get blocked but this easily remedy.Chickens are fun but must be cared for .

Discussions started by flowering rose

next season

those basement bargains 
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parks and commons

a haven for everyone 
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The demise of the front garden.

have we fall out of love with the front garden? 
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getting those plants in before the storm

wallflowers,persian carpet. 
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Last Post: 29/10/2013 at 21:43

the best buy

a bay tree 
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Talkback: How to tackle house plant flies

sounds good advice about watering less and covering with gravel.I had noticed it was better when I did this so good to confirm. 
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Last Post: 18/01/2014 at 11:39

perparing for next year

from planting to choosing the bulbs 
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Last Post: 06/09/2013 at 22:23

roundabouts and flowering baskets

the council have done a good job 
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Last Post: 31/08/2013 at 23:11


sparrow hawk 
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Last Post: 17/08/2013 at 22:48

Where you see us growing -beware.....

bog grass 
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Norfolk a haven of wildlife

Barn owls on the fens 
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Last Post: 24/06/2013 at 22:28

breathing life into faded plastic chairs.

new life for the garden set set. 
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Last Post: 09/05/2013 at 16:12

Talkback: Plant diseases and busy Lizzies

is it because we are inporting more plants and the movement of people round the world.we are no longer confined to area and this makes for v... 
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Last Post: 19/03/2013 at 20:34

is re-cyling your green bin ,a good thing?

Chemical found in lawn clippings set to contaminate for years. 
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Last Post: 24/02/2013 at 12:15

The weather

The lost art of observation 
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Last Post: 10/02/2013 at 15:14
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