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shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:26

thanks Jess, very helpful.

I also have varieties of vipers bugloss - bugle - ajuga  reptans   and that spreads everywhere (varoeties include green leaves, maroon leaves, variegated white/green/pink leaves - a ground hugging plant with little spires of deep blue flowers, and creeping jenny - rounded leaves on trailing stems - quickly covers the ground somebody out there will give it it's proper name, I'm sure.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:49

diggingdoris - you can get a pack of bird silhouettes from the GC to stick on the glass. It works for me on patio doors.

I have blackbirds, seemingly by the flock, chasing each other all over the grass.  Is it mating time already?  They are also enjoying the tail end of the apples from the tree, saving me another messy job.

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:44

I have hostas, primroses, cranesbill geraniums and astilbes.... ever heard of the hacky thing - must look it up and see what it is.

only leaves

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 11:36

That is a stunning group little-ann - and all standing so nicely.  Mine always have a tendency to topple over once they start to flower!

My lidl one continues it's upward way - how much further can it go, I wonder, but the bud is big so I'm hopeful....

only leaves

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 13:06

Since being given the "hide under a brown paper bag" treatment both of mine now have flower spikes - one is last year's Lidl bulb, the other is this year's.  My two grandsons each had a red one - one has produced two enormous red spikes, the other only one.  My third grandson had a pink one, also from Lidl, and his bloomed at the beginning of January - shorter stem but beautiful flower.  The lesson to be learned, perhaps, is that each bulb is an individual and soem are more b****minded than others!

There's a lot about amaryllis care in the GW magazine online.

only leaves

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 15:44

panic not - the leaves will follow and then can be fed to produce flowers next year

Will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 29/01/2015 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: 28/01/2015 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: 28/01/2015 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: 28/01/2015 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.

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