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Posted: 18/04/2012 at 17:04

Hi Tom, 

click the dropdown to the right of your name in the top right hand  corner of the page, select your messages, and you can then delete. At least that's what I reckon, not done it yet as I am new to this site. 

Problem Ivy

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 16:37

You can start by severing the stems at the base. You can do that now and it won't affect birds nesting. I did that a few years back and it took at least three months before there was any sign of the leaves dying, because they got all their moisture from their aerial roots. I was able to pull the stems away from the wall and trees about six months later, without any trouble. You will need to check carefully to make sure you have identified all the main stems. 

Meanwhile, watch out for any new shoots emerging at ground level, and zap them with glyphosate. Young leaves absorb the stuff a lot more easily than the more mature leaves.

Birds can have more than one brood, so you should leave the  main clearance until August time. You can then treat the ivy more liberally with glyphosate. By then you will be able to spot which strands you have not already disconnected from their roots. You should add a few drops of detergent to the glyphosate to help it stick to the glossy leaves. The glyphosate will continue to work right through the autumn, as the ivy will still be active at this stage. Use a hand spray and take care not to get any spillage onto leafy plants. 

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Posted: 18/04/2012 at 13:43

 Calendula, your piccie has motivated me to update my avatar. This rose is called Goldilocks. I could have fun changing it again - how about a cartoon image of the fairy story character? On second thoughts.....................

Hosepipe Ban

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:14

Here are the guidelines from Anglian water. 

Although not specifically stated, I am pretty sure from the examples given, that a hosepipe with a trigger gun on  the end, used solely to fill up watering cans, is OK.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 10:57

Same here in Lincolnshire. We need it badly, so I can't grumble.  Just hope there are some spells of dry weather to get out in the garden and cut the lawn.  


Posted: 17/04/2012 at 09:26

If you have alkaline soil then make sure the planting hole is deep with a good base of moisture holding organic matter. Magnolias prefer acid soil but most types will do fine in mildly alkaline soil provided they have plenty of moisture until they are well established. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 19:11

Sorry David -  pipped at the post! 

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Posted: 16/04/2012 at 18:58

Next person to post will be the 100th posting! I reckon over 70 of us have made the journey so far, which is very heartening. And the more I see of the site the more I like it. I posted a query on this thread about uploading photos and the editor (no less!) replied within an hour, which was rather jaw dropping. I expect we'll see a lot more piccies of our favourite plants, problem pests etc than we did on the old Beeb site. I'm glad the Bee pulled the plug, otherwise We'd all still be stuck in the 19th century!

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Posted: 16/04/2012 at 10:58

Many thanks, Alina and Daniel! 

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Posted: 16/04/2012 at 09:43

Thanks Alina, but I have been able to do that ok. (My avatar is an image from 'Avatar' - thought I'd be clever - No?)  What I can't do is find a way of uploading directly into a message, and can't find the 'scrapbook' that I have seen mentioned. 

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