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Talkback: Growing summer bulbs

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
AFTER BULBS HAVE FLOWERED AND GONE OVER SHOULD WE LEAVE IN GROUND OR DIG UP AND STORE READY FOR NEXT YR?, AND I'M THINKING OF GROWING A PEONY, BUT KNOW IF PLANTED TOO DEEP THEY DONT DO WELL IF AT ALL, SO HOW DEEP SHOULD I PLANT THEM AND WHEN?, AND CAN YOU TELL ME THE NAME OF ONE THAT HAS NICE PARFUM?.

Talkback: Gardening theft

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I live in an old terraced house with a locked/bolted 6ft back gate and fence with spikes on it but my front garden is very small & is just slabbed over. I've had several nicely planted up pots nicked from this garden; pots picked up & then just dropped breaking them & spilling the contents over the slabs, road & path to the front door. I've had empty cans thrown into my front garden along with polystyrene burger boxes, empty cigarette & crisp packets & newspaper strewn about. I have reported losses to the police only to discover that other (semi or detached) houses in my road have had their back gardens raided with expensive garden furniture, large expensive to replace potted plants etc stolen so I guess I should consider myself lucky that these thieves can't get into my back garden too.

Talkback: Centipedes and worms

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
Isn't removal of shelter (in this case, your rotting raised beds) in winter a "death warrant to the torpid creature exposed to the bitter elements and roving winter scavengers eager for an easy morsel"? Or do you not practice what you preach Mr Bugman?

Talkback: Sheep, cattle and grass

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Talkback: Signs of spring

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
My snowdrops started coming in to flower yesterday, a week or so later than they usually do. I am after some different varieties this year, particularly ones with yellow markings. Can anyone recommend some good ones please??

Talkback: Garden birds and my Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
Thanks for all your comments, it's lovely hearing all your garden bird tales. Clematis - I have a lot of pigeons too, which trample over all my plants and have just knocked the off one of two emerging hellebore flowers, so I feel your pain! The only thing to do is to stop feeding - maybe wait until temperatures warm up a bit so birds will have a better chance of finding food if there's none in your garden. I don't mind a few pigeons but they tend to bring all their friends and we've had up to twenty at one time! When things get out of hand I just leave apples out for the blackbirds. The pigeons don't seem to like them so they go elsewhere. They do come back, but in smaller numbers. Hope this helps Kate

Talkback: Snowdrops

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I didn't really "get" snowdrops until I moved into a house where the garden (an old orchard) was absolutely full of them. There are thousands of them carpeting the ground - not fancy varieties, just the ordinary wild sort. They really are the harbingers of spring, and they flower when almost nothing else is out. It is the sheer quantity of them which is so cheering. I had also never realised that they had a scent (though you do have to get down close to smell it!) Their markings are subtle too, but very beautiful in an understated way. But I think that they do need to be grown in profusion (preferably naturalising) to be really stunning - rather like our native bluebells later in the year. I celebrate them as "Candlemas bells", their other traditional name, since they come out at Candlemas (Feb 2), which comes at the "cross-quarter day", halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, just when the lengthening days are starting to be noticeable. A cheering sign that winter is losing its grip! (hopefully...)

Talkback: Sowing seeds

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
as a follow up, if this is an indoor crop, sowing now is ok.... so long as you can keep them warm enough. x

Talkback: Newts

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:42
i forgot to say i sure my newts are palmate as they have an orange strip under there belly...and there face shape is a little differant.

Talkback: Preparing gardens for spring

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:42
Sarahallen, I think as long as they are removed from grass, they can be left on the soil to rot down. As well as gathering in bags for leaf mould in Autumn, I do a quick rake of the grass every so often and pile them on to the borders, bulbs do eventually find a way through :0)

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