hollie hock


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Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:54

Hello everyone, this vine type plant has had some lovely buds on it for weeks, over the last couple of days it's starting to flower

It's been a lovely surprise, I love the colour and the flowers are huge and so strong. I didn't think it was a Clem at first but now I'm not sure?


 

 

 

Plants

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 23:02

Looks like it might have the beginnings of rust

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 22:56

Occasionally I've used the blue pellets sparingly when a plant has been munched almost to death. Not the ideal solution but it has worked and allowed the plant to recover and survive

clematis

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 22:46

I had a lovely established  Montana in my last house and no harm was done by cutting it back hard after it flowered. I can't see your neighbour even noticing if you hacked it back a bit.

 

Bumble Bees

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 23:36

I hear lots of buzzing in the walls here, so wonder if they are the hairy footed bee, love the name, they do look similar

Snap dragons here Fishy are still really seedlings.......the bees do love them!

Perennial Planting

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 23:30

I've had a similar free offer before, the plantlets were tiny when I got them so I potted them on til they grew bigger. Think it's a good time to get them planted in the ground as long as they have a good healthy root system. They might not flower this year and just put on growth but they have their roots in the ground and will come back year after year.

Chickens

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:23

Hi Pinkypoo,

I've just started keeping chickens a couple of months ago. I have mine in a coup and a long run covered with chicken wire. Eventually I would like them to have more space. They don't really need much looking after, but as others have said you have to let them out and then lock them up safe at night. I only have 3 and find that I clean them out once a week and the muck etc goes onto my compost heap.

They do need fresh clean water daily, mine are layers so I feed them pellets (and all the scraps!) Because mine are in a run, the ground does get a bit messy, especially in wet weather  so I do try and move them to fresh bits of grass when I can.

Not sure if mine are particulary dim, but we have a removable cover on the run as they tend to go in the rain and get soaked!

I don't think they are that smelly, and as long as you keep them clean and remove any unwanted scraps  they shouldn't attract any more rats/mice then your average rubbish bag does. My cats avoid them, I think they are a bit afraid of them.

I'm so pleased I got mine, the eggs are very tasty and I enjoy looking after them.

Lovely chicken enclosure Victoria

Lupines leaves seem to be dying

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:10

I bought another Lupin over the weekend and some of the older leaves are dying off, as long as you can see new growth coming through they should be ok. Slugs and snails love the new shoots and some people have had problems with aphids attacking the plant.

Some types can get quite big so might do better in the ground when the plant is strong enough

Wallflowers

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:06

They do get past their best after they flower, but I have some stragglers that keep on going. You could always let a few go to seed and then sow them for next year.

Might be a few weeks yet if they've still got some flowers on them

No to everyone who asks for donations ? Do you agree or disagree with this ?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:02

Housing associations and councils will have some sort of dept eg community investment who may be able to help, especially if the childrens parents are tenants. Community growing is very in here at the moment. They too like free publicity and getting their name out there.

Organisations such as Keep Wales Tidy or equivalent may be able to help as well..........best of luck with it.

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