gardenning granny

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Shrub or hedge leaf ID

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 18:07

I had one for many years but ultimately found it boring - the birds didn't like it and it just took up a lot of space with it's dull green leaves.  I think if you get the one with extra long catkins in the right place it's stunning, but mine finished ujp in the wood-burner!

Happy New Year to you all too.

Best Garden related Christmas present

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 18:02

just love those egg cups - oh and real fresh eggs (I remember them!)

and the lilac shuffle-shoes - well I've had them since B & Q closed down a few years ago and sold them off for a pittance.  I was dubious at first that they would not stay on my feet, but several years of digging, mowing, hoeing etc later I can say they are worth their weight in gold.

I got a triple pear tree - Williams, Comice and Concorde to plant in front of the side of next door's garage, and a dual plum - Victoria and Oullins Gage.  I'm hoping the weather will be suitable to plant them out soon as they are currently residing in buckets of soil in my new super-duper Vitavia greenhouse.  I'm looking forward to a really productive year of seed-sowing and cutting-taking after having an enforced two year break from gardening here.  I wonder how long it will take the fruit trees to bear fruit?  They will brighten up the garage wall anyhow with the hope of years to come and delicious fruit.

OH got a variety box of RSPB bird seeds and two bird houses.  Not quite sure where they are going to go, and I have an insect-hotel to re-site too.

All in all it's going to be a good year I think.

Feeding the birds

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 16:14

After years without a rat problem, this year we have them.  A rat-box under the shrubs near the main feeder seems to be working, fingers crossed.  The niger seed is untouched again, like last year, but I have never seen so many sparrows....who said they were scarce?  We get the usual blue and great tits, the occasional coal tit, but whole flocks of long tailed tits, so cute with their pink tummies.  At the moment we are feeding fat balls, peanuts and the unused niger seed.  I have also seen wrens and of course robins and blackbirds.  I think our biggest asserts are the two large mahonia bushes which the birds love - the tits take the flowers and insects at this time of year and the blackbirds bring their babies in the spring to feed on the berries.  The ground feeders are having a ball in the dead leaves under the holly hedge.

We used to have a lot of goldfinches, but their numbers dropped last year and I haven't seen any this.

Don't forget it's the big RSPB Bird Count weekend at the end of January.

Bareroot shrubs and trees

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 15:56

I've just received four trees and I've put them in large buckets covered with soil in the greenhouse.  So long as they don't dry out they should be OK.  The nursery suggests heeling them in at an angle if you can't get them in their proper positi0ns straight away.

Ceanothus Tree blew over!

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 15:47

Ceanothus is amazingly temperamental - you've got a 50/50 chance of saving it.  Prop it up with a really stout post, but without wrenching it.  The ground is so wet it should go back to it's original position without a problem.  If you can put a support stake on either side while it settles back in.  Make sure all the roots are covered by soil again.

My ancient ceanothus appeared to die and OH was about to take the axe to it when I noticed tiny new growths on one of it's old stems.  As a result other old stems were removed but that one left and the shrub has made a good recovery.  You just can never tell!


Posted: 04/01/2018 at 15:41

I'm afraid my window-sill heated propagator was not much good, but I invested in a super-seven set of seed trays.  It consists of a windowsill tray, a raised platform covered in capillary matting and seven quarter sized seed trays with clear covers.  I have complete success with this and have grown all sorts of different things at the same time.  As soon as the seedlings are big enough to transplant the little tray is ready for more seed.  Because each seedtray in independant the rate of germination of individual plans is no longer important.  I think Crocus sell them, though I've been using mine for many years now.

What have I unearthed?

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 12:35

oh the saga of dug up bulbs!  it happens to us all when we are messing about in the garden.  Some bulbs are pretty obvious - crocus - daffodills and so on, but there are many that are easily confusible.  My solution is to pot them up and top the pot with a little gravel so that rain does not disturb the soil. I then sink the pots in a bit of unused garden and wait and see what comes up.  You can then site the pots exactly where you think they ought to be and plant the contents out.

Personally I would bin the cherry - you have no idea what variety it is and it will take years to grow into anything worthwhile.

If you want cherry laurel, those bits should grow away and give you a hedge.

Overwintering a chrysanthemum ball

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 14:55

I have the very pot standing by!  Not bad for a fiver was it?....reduced from £15.  I reckoned that even if it only lasted as long as a bunch of flowers it was worth it.  Fingers crossed that I get something next year - that really would be a bonus.

Overwintering a chrysanthemum ball

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 12:34

Many thanks Flumpy - I'll do just that and see what happens.

I've had several goes at attaching a photo but the camera icon does not seem to understand uploading from the computer.  I thought I had succeeded by cut and paste but it seems to have vanished.  I'll have one more go and then I'm afraid that's it.

Overwintering a chrysanthemum ball

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 15:44

In a weak moment I bought a huge chrysanthemum ball from the chucky out bin at the GC.  It is stunning - covered in three different coloured flowers.

Should I just enjioy it as it is for the moment and then cut my losses and compost it, or is there a way to save it and get some flowers next year?

I'm not sure it will go through the door of my new greenhouse,. or if it's worth even trying.

HELP please

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