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Woodland species that can tolerate strong sunlight?

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 17:56

They also recommend wood chippings for soft paths - I can't imagine what would like to grow in them.  Our local tree surgeons deposit their chippings in a nearby field - great mounds of them - and nothing seems to grow over the heaps, not even grass or moss.  I would have thought it would need a decently deep layer of soil over the top.  What does your "back to Eden" manual say Steve?

The forest floor is not made of wood chippings, but from well rotted leaves.....isn't it?

Poor quality clematis?

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 17:45

Clematis always look dead in the winter, though it could by now be showing a few growth buds.  Montana is pretty vigorous so should throw up a new shoot or two in the spring.  On older plants you have to be careful when you tie the new growth in as the stems are very brittle and break easily.

Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 17:41

That's gorgeous.

The bulb iris' are spring flowering and often appear with the snowdrops.  Some of mine are flowering too.  Don't worry about the foliage - it will follow and that plant looks healthy enough to me.  The only problem is later on in the year when you forget where you planted them and dig them up by mistake.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 17:37

been gardening today - and there were all the robins that weren't there for the count, and the wren, Still not a goldfinch to be seen.

I wonder if the birds hide and count us  instead?

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 14:35

We did ours yesterday morning, when the sun was shining - fortunate as it's wet and windy today.  We do have a very different reading from the last few years though.  We have not seen any goldfinches at all and we used to have them nesting here, and flocks of them around the niger seed.  No redpoll. No siskin for years.  We do get a huge variety over the days, including greater and green woodpeckers.  For the hour though it was mainly sparrows and dunnock which have been increasing each year, great, blue, and coal tits, blackbirds and a thrush.  As Milton Keynes continues it's march towards us we have lost so many birds.  So many new houses with the tiniest back yard, and the original gift of a tree for the front garden has long since disappeared as the houses no longer have front gardens to plant them in.

It's my birthday

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 10:10

Yes Happy Birthday from me too - and the sun's shining so hope you get to see as many flowers as are around here right now.

Looking for a Rose

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 13:24



etoile de Hollande is a big blousy scented red rose - vicious thorns - it grows on my front wall in the tiniest of spaces and looks good against the white background.  It gets a handful of granular feed and a bucket of compost once a year - that's it.

Sorry the pic isn't that brilliant - it has the early flowering Frances Rivis clematis growing through it.

Twisted Gladiolis

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 12:40

Like you I have heavy clay.  I have great success with the cheapest gladioli corms from Lidl.  I plant in 2 litre pots of ordinary multi purpose (or home-made if I have it) and tuck them away in a sheltered spot, or cold greenhouse, until they are well grown then plant them where they are needed - still in the pot.  A little comfrey fertiliser if they look as though they need a bit of a boost - an excellent results.  Easy to lift and store afterwards (if I get round to it).

Fishing for sympathy!

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 12:30

That's an original way to "put your feet up" on your birthday - many happies for yesterday, and don't be tempted to start digging too soon, even if you feel able and know it is exactly the right moment day to get going.....that's the frustrating bit - seeing the fine weather and stopping youself from doing anything in the garden.

Tree suggestions

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:26

guess it depends on your situation

i garrya eliptica too small? - very attractive evergreen with its long catkins

I have one to conceal the end of a large shed, but that bard looks enormous

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