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Latest posts by Green Magpie

Weird mutant bluebell?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 09:42

Perhaps if I act quickly I can set up my garden as a Bank Holiday attraction and charge my neighbours to come in and view the Mutant Bluebell.

Actually, the grandkids are arriving soon but I doubt they'll be interested - they're more intrigued by the electronic cat-scarer, because they can hear it and I can't.

Weird mutant bluebell?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 08:53

Aw, that's a shame, Tetley, I was thinking I could collect the seeds and make my fortune!

Asparagus New Shoots

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 18:50

I wouldn't risk hoeing until the plants have revealed where they're going to surface. Best just weed by hand at first.

Fish thieving magpies!

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 18:08

The electronic animal scarers seem to work well. You can get solar powered ones  on Amazon for about £ 14, and they can easily be moved around to other locations as required.

Petunia surfina Baskets

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 18:04

Agreed;  they may well be trailing plants but the last two are not petunias. I would send the photos back to the supplier and ask for replacements.

Weird mutant bluebell?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 17:59

We have loads of bluebells running wild in the garden. They're probably a Spanish/English cross. Today I found one really strange one, which has grass-like growths protruding from the flower head.  Has anyone seen anything like this before?


Planting out tomatoes

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:08

I planted my tomatoes out last Monday (11th May). I knew it was a bit early but they were over a foot tall and looking great (I live in south Devon). The forecast said nighttime temps would be about 9, which is just about Ok. Then on the late forecast he said there might be FROST!  So there I was at 10.30 pm, out there with a torch, throwing fleece over my plants, worried I would lose them all.

It didn't go down below 5, and my plants have been unprotected since Tuesday morning. I have to say they are looking very happy and green and healthy so far.

The same can not be said for the few French beans I put out at the same time. Big mistake. Luckily I have some more in the mini-greenhouse.

fruit question

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 10:07

This year I mulched the rasps with a pile of thatch and moss that my husband had raked out of the lawn. It seems to have worked well, as it was drier and less inclined to go soggy than grass cuttings. But some years they have done very well without mulching.

Repotting - a word to the wise

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 09:51

Oh, here's another tip for double-layer pots, or even pots in drip trays: before you fill the pot, place a layer of J- cloth or a scrap of horticultural fleece in the bottom of the pot, covering the holes. This helps exclude the creepy-crawlies, stops the pots making a mess, and still allows drainage.

Repotting - a word to the wise

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 19:50

Yes, I agree, any double-layer pot arrangement leaves a gap likely to be favoured by the enemy. You need to check and remove them from time to time or put in some slug pellets

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