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What's this?

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 17:38

It ressembles my viticella - a summer to autumn flowering clematis with small purple flowers.  If it is, it is so vigorous that I cut it right down to about a metre from the ground and it romps away (a mile a minute comes to mind).  It may not be possible to identify it properly until it flowers so I would be a bit careful how low I cut it in the first year.

Good online plant supplier and advice for plants to prevent tresspassing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 17:27

Lots of choice with rambling roses and many have vicious thorns, and Mahonia has very prickly leaves and beautiful scented yellow flowers in spring (much loved by the birds).  There are some very nice hollies too - I particularly like the hedgehog holly, though hollies are rather slow growing.

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 12:58

My problem is similar - ivy growing up into a dense holly hedge - lethal to get near so not too easy to pull out, and then the birds drop seed and it pops up all over the place.  I try to use a rake to get under the hedge and pull it nearer enough to grab hold of, and of course pull out all those pesky seedlings that come up.  For me, ivy in the wrong place is similar to brambles - persistant and reluctant to be culled.  I seem to remember somebody mentioning a gel that you could paint onto the leaves that would be taken down to the roots?

In contrast I do have some beautiful ivy clothing a six foot high fence between me and my neighbour.

Perhaps there is a place for both having where appropriate and not having where it's not wanted|?

Survey about gardening and its therapeutic aspects

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 16:28

Would love to see the conclusions of this research.


Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 10:55

Poured with rain all day yesterday and hardly a bird to be seen - just the occasional one dashing to the seed or fat balls.  It's pretty overcast today too, but I'll give it a go later on.  As you say it seems not to reflect the reality of bird life.  We now have red kites regularly overflying the garden, loads of sparrows and blackbirds chasing each other on the grass, and yes, we too have blackcaps.  I will try the count today (Monday) but am not optimistic of seeing the vast variety who normally visit.  Part iof the problem is the "hour" as different birds come at different times of day. But where are all the goldfinches?

Lupins or LUPINS

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 11:02

Tree lupins grow wild on the heathland around Woburn, amongst gorse and young fir trees.  Perhaps they are at their best in the wild?

Moving a rose

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:33

Due to loss of garden I was forced to lift all my roses last year and find them a temporary home in my daughters garden.  She has little time to spare so simply dug rough holes and shoved them in.  They all seem to be doing fine.  Even the Just Joey, here when we moved into the house 35 years ago, seems to be flourishing .  If it's a bush that is important to you just do it - now while it's dormant.  If it doesn't work out the way you had hoped you can always replace it later.   Hard pruning in spring will encourage new strong growth - wait until you can see the viable shoots.

I get very irritated with these TV gardeners who always recommend replacing, as plants these days are not cheap.  Try to lift with a good rootball and make the planting hole an adequate size - add some bonemeal to encourage root growth and hey ho, away you go.

Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:24

The one hour bit is always a problem as different birds come at different times of the day.

Right now I am over-run with blackbirds squabbling over the last remaining apples on the they'll be finished by the time the 29th comes round!  We have a great variety of birds who wait their turn in the holly bushes, but you can only count those that are actually static in the garden, and not those in flight.

We always set ourselves up with a pot of fresh coffee and nice biscuits to make the event even more special!

Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 12:53

I'm sure it would be OK in a largish pot until you can get it into the ground.  I have two in my garden because for me they are the ultimate shrub for bird lovers.  They do grow tall, but I make a point of completely removing the oldest (tallest) stem every year, definitely a leather glove and long handled lopper job.  Right now the blue and great tits are enjoying the yellow petals (but never enough to ruin the floral display) and later on the blackbbirds will be bringing their young and teaching them how to select the best berries.

just to check - you are thinking of the Charity type one aren't you, and not the lower growing Oregon Grape.

Hogitat advice

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 12:45

I'm with Dove on this one - under the hedge and half buried in dead leaves, though the birds might come poking about for grubs too!  Well away from a bonfire area or anywhere that it will be disturbed for whatever reason.

I suppose the proof of they're  being around is the lack of slugs.....that said the birds are having a whale of the time with snails in my garden right now...

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