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Will my orchid flower again?

Posted: Today at 10:01

If there are no new buds towards the base of the stem then that flowering stem is finished and will die back to the base (or you can cut it back).  A new flowering stem will eventually appear , probably between two leaves.  It sounds as though the plant is healthy and it may well develop aerial roots first.

You definitely need patience and optimism but have a good chance of being rewarded.

Golfinches have landed!

Posted: Yesterday at 16:58

oh the goldfinches - we've been inundated with them for years, nesting in the wisteria, feeding from teasel heads in autumn and nyger feeders in winter, but despite it not being all that cold we've only seen the occasional solitary one this year.  Loads of blackbirds, and surprisingly house sparrows increasing year on year.  What I have noticed this year that we have fewer birds on the feeders, but many more in trees and shrubs, and eating the fallen apples I left on the ground.  My theory is that there are more insects surving and seeds and berries remaining so they don't actually need the feeders....yet.

Our greatest pleasure this years has come from seeing two tree creepers on the apple tree last weekend and i can't recall ever seeing them in the garden before - but then they are secretive little birds so perhaps we just missed seeing them.

Rats feeding on bird food! What to do?

Posted: Yesterday at 16:45

we did the same as you Lulu - attached a very large plant saucer (even bigger than yours) under the feeders but we actually sat the feeders on the saucers.  Before attaching them we cut out 2cm diam. holes and covered with mesh to allow surface water to drain and keep the seed dry.

These days the pidgeons clear up anything left by other birds that manages to reach the ground.


Posted: Yesterday at 16:34

I usually check to see if the roots are starting to come through the bottom of the pot and then gently shake off all the compost and separate them, pot on in multi-purpose and water from the bottom.

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 13:02

It's had a good soak and has now gone off to the GH which meant taking something else out....a pot of daffs whose roots were through the bottom of the pot despite only having an inch or so of growth on top!    Fingers crossed for next year - though as I only paid £1.50 (it was marked £9.99) it will not be the end iof the world it isn't too successful.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 12:58

what's Molly-in-a-bucket Chicky and Fidget? - sounds fascinating.  Lots of buds on my hellebores but they are mainly very ordinary ones, white with red speckles, and shades of pink, but the two doubles I have are a bit slower into flower.  So glad I raked off moss the other day, because the snowdrops are now appearing from the soil it was covering.

Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 12:50

Marjoram grows easily from seed and spreads rapidly - I throw loads away each year. I don't suppose you live near enough to me for me to pass some on to you?

Catmint is, as it's name implies, loved by cats.  Whist my cat was alive  I had to put a little mesh fence around mine as she would eat the new shoots down to ground level - indeed I first grew it from seed and planted out young plants to create a patch. I couldn't understand how one or two plants simply disappeared each day....until I found my feline culprit.  Later she would sleep on top of the plant!  Having said that it was pretty hardy and I love the scent when you brush past it whilst weeding.

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 10:01

thanks everybody - I think Verdun's experience is what I would expect.  It is very shrubby from a single stem and has obviously been cut back.  I think a sheltered sunny spot and lots of good drainage will be the answer, at least for the first year but it's in a very big pot and has now had a good soaking as it was very dry.  It will go up to the cold GH for now and not go into the garden until it warms up a bit.  Verdun - does it lose its leaves in winter?

Bee Friendly Garden 2015 - Ready, Set, Go!

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 09:55

and don't forget marjoram

Are you brave enough?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:09

I've just taken the bull by the horns and cut a winter flowering viburnum down to 12 inches.  It had been growing (6 -7 foot tall) and making thickets around itself for about 15 years and I was reluctant to lose the winter flowers.  I discovered that there was a flower bed in front of it which had been completely covered, and I can see daffs coming up now.  I hope the drastic cut will not mark the passing of this shrub - fingers crossed it will regenerate in a more sober form.  Meanwhile I have lots of ideas for how to replenish the lost flower bed.

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