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Hosepipe Ban

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 20:03
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when to take fuschia cuttings

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 17:35

I bought several fuchsias and the creeping lysimachia nummularia from my local garden centre four weeks ago - 75p each - and two weeks later took three cuttings from each. They have all rooted and the parent plants are now bigger than ever and ready for some more cuttings. 

You can do the same with petunias. I once got around 30 plants from one tiny one bought in February, producing 6 first generation cuttings, and the rest second generation. I then sold them at a plant sale in June at £1 each! 

bald !

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 17:29

I am reliably informed that chicken manure works. Give it a go! 

Which tree won't drop sap or berries?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 17:21

Many trees that produce berries don't cause any problems. You need to avoid the likes of elderberry, but sorbuses, hollies, cotoneasters (the tree forms such as 'Cornubia' ) and the amalanchier mentioned by Lilylouise  don't drip sap and don't drop soft berries that stain.

Elderberries are the worst for berries because the birds eat them and then drop purple poo away from the tree. 

Lime trees, maples, walnuts are some of the worst for dripping sap. 

Bluebells- Spanish or English?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 17:12

I use glyphosate, doctored with a few drops of washing up liquid as a wetting agent. I use a hand spray (an old glass cleaner handgun) and gently squeeze a few droplets down the V in the leaves, so it runs down to the base. If you have a lot and they are mixed in with more desirable plants  you could use a rubber glove on your right hand, dip your finger and thumb into a bowl containing glyphosate solution, shake droplets off into the bowl to avoid accidental dripping, and then rub finger and thumb along the leaves to smear them.  That worked a treat for me on MIL's garden a few years ago. It also got rid of ground elder in her lawn! 

Posting messages

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. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

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. 

http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/environment/water-resources/4025142DE63E4E96897DAC2FE1E519CE.aspx

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.  

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