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Stone the crows!

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 22:18

Well, well, I just go away for a couple of days and come back to find that my thread has been hijacked, with a fair bit of unpleasantness along the way. So I want to say thank you to Northern Lass for the helpful link about dead crow decoys, and to Jo47 for gently trying to get the topic back on track.   

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 16:46

Thanks Verdun.  They are in clay soil and get sun from first thing till about 3pm.

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 16:18

Is it quite common for the leaves at the bottom of the stems to turn yellow?  I have two of these beautiful perennials, but only one is affected.  Though I think I have treated them both the same.  Should I have fed them regularly with Tomorite? 

Worm casts

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 14:07

Just google some domestic lawn care companies.  Some of them do say they are able to deal with worm casts, and it's not all that expensive.  Have a look at  for example.

Harlow Carr

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:52

Yes, there is Gertie Grass!  Don't know if there's a Cheshire Cat.  You'll have to report back.

Plenty of benches around Gertie.  Also, 6 manual wheelchairs and 3 mobility vehicles are available.  If you think something like that would help you, you will need to book.  Ring 01423 724681 for more information.

The Gardens cover 68 acres, but you don't have to see everything on your first visit.  Enjoy!  We look forward to your review!

Harlow Carr

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:24

When you arrive be sure to pick up a plan of the Gardens - it's a big area, and you don't want to miss anything.  And don't be surprised if you bump into a big White Rabbit in a tremendous hurry.  

Stone the crows!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 18:03

No there is usually only one, sometimes two, Berghill.  Jo, which are the ones that like stale scones?

Stone the crows!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 17:50

Ah, I didn't know that Berghill.  I'll have to have a look at some pics.

Stone the crows!

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 14:32

I live close to woodland, and often crows come over here and perch on the house roofs, cawing away and keeping an eye open for any tasty morsels to swoop down on.  I have a medium sized apple tree.  Last year it flowered very poorly, and only six apples reached maturity.  But when they were almost ready for picking, down swooped the crows and pecked great chunks out of two of them.  So I then hung four or five CDs from the branches.  Did that deter them?  Not a bit.  They had soon rendered the final four inedible by me. 

This year the tree has loads of apples on it and I need as many suggestions as possible from you lovely people as to how I might discourage the crows and ensure that I can harvest and taste the fruit.  

Anybody else growing sunflowers?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 21:37

I don't grow sunflowers - they just arrive!  Some in my pots, some in the flower beds.  I can't wait to see what colour the flowers will be!

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Agastache Black Adder

Yellowing leaves 
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Stone the crows!

Well, not literally, but they are a big problem in my garden 
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White Dianthus "Memories"

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A Shropshire Lad rose

Second crop? 
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Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

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The what and when of feeding clematis

Guidelines please! 
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Giant poppies

Keep, transplant or ditch? 
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What are you planting in your pots and containers?

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Bare Root Wallflowers

What do they like to put their feet in? 
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Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

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Penstemon cuttings

Conflicting advice 
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Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

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Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

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Muscari dilemma

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Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

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