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Latest posts by happycottontail

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!

White Dianthus "Memories"

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 17:36

Hi Verdun, yes it does have a wonderful scent.  I think the "mildew" goes right down to the base, so I shall be cutting the foliage off at ground level.  I have three plants in a row, but only the two outside ones are affected.  Yet they've all been treated exactly the same!  No need to water today though as we've just had an almighty downpour!

White Dianthus "Memories"

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 15:39

I have three of these, planted last summer.  They have flowered very well this year but two of them have gone all whiteish brown at the bottom third of their stems, which looks very ugly.  What has caused this, and do I ditch them?  The photo below was taken a month ago, and if you zoom onto the base of the plant you will see its beginning to turn brown.


A Shropshire Lad rose

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:51

Hi pansyface, thanks for the tips.  I've looked for buds but can't see any.  Whereas my Wollerton Old Hall roses have loads of new buds in the leaf axils. I would give ASL 8/10 for perfume, in comparison with my Munstead Wood roses which get 10/10.  WOH has a strong perfume which DA describes as like myrrh, but I would call it citrus.  It's a brilliant performer, but I have to say I was  a bit disappointed with the perfume.

A Shropshire Lad rose

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:25

Now that the first flush is almost done, will it flower again?  Do I have to feed it?  What about pruning?  ( I've been removing dead flowers daily)  Actually I have 4 bushes - one at each corner of my pergola.  The one in the ground has flowered its socks off, while the three in large pots have not done nearly as well.  Any advice very welcome. Here's a pic (hopefully) of the one in the ground, taken two weeks ago.


Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 21:42

I'll try the damp tissue rosemummy.

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 19:03
Does spraying them with diluted washing up liquid work for the black ones like it does for the green ones?

Discussions started by happycottontail

Overwintering begonia tubers

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Last Post: 31/10/2015 at 17:43

New bulb storage

In the dark or light? 
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Agastache Black Adder

Yellowing leaves 
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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 00:09

Stone the crows!

Well, not literally, but they are a big problem in my garden 
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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 22:18

White Dianthus "Memories"

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Last Post: 25/07/2015 at 17:36

A Shropshire Lad rose

Second crop? 
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Last Post: 24/07/2015 at 18:16

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

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Last Post: 20/07/2015 at 07:56

The what and when of feeding clematis

Guidelines please! 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 22:22

Giant poppies

Keep, transplant or ditch? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 19:31

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

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Last Post: 08/06/2015 at 18:53

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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Last Post: 20/02/2015 at 04:50

Penstemon cuttings

Conflicting advice 
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Last Post: 08/10/2014 at 21:40

Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

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

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