gardenning granny

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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

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 18:34

spare me from Christine Walkden - don't know what it is, but she irritates me no end.  I wouldn't mind Jekka, the herb lady, or Sarah Raven.....I suppose it depends on what they're going to be asked to do though

bulb id

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 16:17

That's a myth Lyn, I have several clumps of pink hyacinths that started as a group of 3 and have multiplied to be twenty or more.  They continue to produce full hyacinth flowers, perhaps a tad smaller than the original, in great abundance, after fifteen years.

white fly in please!

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 11:10

Bob that's a good site, thank you.

are there any controls that you water onto the soil?  I used to use plant pins for my house plants but these seem to have disappeared from the GC.  I now have problems with a tibouchina in my lobby - still flowering and getting the old fashioned "finger and thumb" treatment, but I think it needs a bit more than that.

bulb id

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 11:02

Yes hyacinth.  Plant out in the garden when it's finished flowering and mark with a label.  Wait until the flower head has died down before you cut it off and let the leaves die down naturally before removing the slimy remains - this is why you need the label, because after that it will have disappeared until next spring.

Be warned - hyacinths in the garden are a magnet for snails so you may need to check, and collect them up from time to time.  The bulb should then naturalise and the numbers increase, year on year.

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