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getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 11:33

I've just registered for the RSPB annual garden bird watch, and for the last few days a green woodpecker has been visiting the old apple tree to breakfast on the last remaining apples, whilst a fieldfare has been content to sample those left on the ground.

I bet they will be nowhere to be seen on counting weekend!

and where have all the goldfinches gone?  we had a couple  arrive one day on the niger seed, but mostly none at all.

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:32

plant them in pots, cover the top with gravel, and put them somewhere sheltered - you can't lose.  If they don't come up - compost heap, if they do dob them in where you want them as they come into flower.

I've just been doing my last few and it's amazing how quickly they come up!  Good luck.

New Year Gardening Resolutions

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 10:28

my notebook has only managed to record the names of some of things I have bought before I lose the labels....and of course I know what the two pots of seeds on the kitchen windowsill are....don't I?

as I watch bulbs coming up in countless pots my resolution is to actually plant them in the garden so that I don't have the annual autumn faff of trying to identify dormant bulbs and get them re-planted ....trouble is I know they will revert to their usual pattern of being dug up when I plant something later in the year.

Removing Ivy

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 23:00

You used to be able to get SBK brushwood killer in Garden Centres - I'm not sure if it has now been banned (most of the really useful things get banned) - it would work well if you have thick stems, also good for brambles.   I believe there is now a gel that you paint on, but it's pretty pricey and labour intensive if you've got a lot to treat.  Ground elder takes time - a lot of time.  Dig out as much as you can and burn the roots.  As soon as it starts to reappear spray the young growth, and keep spraying any new growth once a week.  You will conquer it eventually (years rather than months)  Unfortunately, like brambles, it's one of those things that loves to grow under a dividing fence so you may need to befriend your neighbour and get them to tackle it from their side at the same time.

Winter project

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 10:28

Four is a lovely age - I used to take the children for lion hunts in the garden when they were that age - amazing what a bit of rustling under a bush can conjure up in the imagination.  And then Grandmother's footsteps but "Granny you're cheating" as I disappeared behind a tree whilst they were advancing!

Now the youngest grandchildren are 11 but all know where to find the edible bits of the garden and which plants are horribly poisonous....something all children need to learn.

Enjoy you youngster....they grow up too soon.

Plant ID

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 10:21

stick with the name we all know and understand.....unless you're running a botanical garden and need a bit more precision

just fancy if we'd told Lynn that we thought her plant was a taramesalata thingy - though she'd probably have laughed!

Winter project

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 22:51

Oh dear - with grandchildren staying wioth me at present we've been maionly in the kitchen making gingerbread houses (two of those) stuffed dates and fudge.  I'll try to whizz round the garden tomorrow and take some patient, we grannies are very busy at this time of year!

Winter project

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 19:36

Sorry Star gaze - they weren't my grand children - they were three little girls. 

My three boys entertained me with a 2-section hippo (had to plant only blue flowers around to represent water) a mole (head - gap - feet) and two eyes and a mouth made of wood to nail to the apple tree. - oh yes and a large alligator which emerges through the undergrowth.  Boys have different ideas to girls!

how to grow Bignonia from seed

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:32

Thank you - I'm going to try the oleander seed - looks like feathers - I brought back too.  Let me know if you'd like some of those to try.  I love a challenge.

Finally got some of the caudatum seeds planted today, too.   Watch this space!

Finding a plant

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 14:17

I grow allium Christophii for my son, Christopher - will that count?

The enormous seed heads grace vases in several rooms....but continue to disperse their seeds at intervals too...untidily....just like my son!

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getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

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more seed sowing queries

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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When can I put the geraniums out?

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