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Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 09:51

A good place to see them en masse, if you are near enough, is in the winter garden walk at Anglesey Abbey.  Not sure when their snowdrop weeks are, but the iris arwe usually abundant at the same time.

Woodland species that can tolerate strong sunlight?

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 18:32

It certainly sounds impressive.  I shall look forward to seeing the pictures in the height of summer to see just what does like growing in this system. 

Good luck and keep us up to date please.

Another Vine Weevil warning

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:07

thanks for the reminder; I seem to have brought an infestation of some kind of greenfly in on one of my plants and that's spreading.....just found some little pest control pellets to pop in the soil so hope that;'s going to do the trick.

Oh no.....NOT AGAIN

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:01

you know they will be puny little specimens and they will arrive at the same time as the belated winter snow and frost so you'll not be able to do anything with them.  Be strong Verdun, delete the mail now and look at your own photo album of the fabulous things you grow without the suppliers help.

Now a chocolate biscuit will make everything all right again.

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.

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