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Prunus autumnalis they were supposed to flower from November onwards.

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 13:18

Many thanks.  Mums was in Bedfordshire, mine is in Derbyshire so that will make a difference no doubt.  Certainly the snowdrops I bought up from there have taken some time to come up whilst all the established ones are well on?


Prunus autumnalis they were supposed to flower from November onwards.

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 12:40

I planted one last autumn in memory of my mother who had a lovely one. So far no foliage or flowers.  Is it dead or does it take a year or two to get going.  Actually I don't think it is dead but very very tiny buds. I thought they are supposed to flower from November onwards.

Any comments much appreciated.


Hopeless G







Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 13:36

At this stage mostly a buddleia. I can hear you all shout about pruning in February but the plant is enormouse and is going to be dug out fairly soon.  In my defence I am going to replace it with a dwarf variety.

other shrub varieties will follow soon into the shredded pile.

all good advice, thank you every one, only I haven't any grass cuttings as I have a tiny lawn which I cut with a flymo.


Thanks again,






Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 13:29

I can understand your problem.  There seven next door who use my drive as a giant litter tray!! Currently I am using two options which I alternate and so far seem to be working.  A cat deterrent device from the RSPB.  Can't remeber the name of it.  They do get desensitised to it so every now  andd again I turn it off for awhile, and when they start to reappear  I chuck used tea bags about and spray Deep Heat over them! I know it sounds barking  mad but someone told me about it and so far so good.. And then after a bit turn the deterrent back on.

hope it helps.






Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:26

Thanks Dave

Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:07

i have ended up with rather more of this than I thought.  Can I spread it as a mulch in its present state around plants and over the soil or must it go through a compost heap first.  If so is there anything I can add to it to make it rot more quickly.  I only have kitchen waste and annual weeds to mix with it.  My neighbour has chicken manure waste.  Should I ask her for some of that?






Posted: 21/09/2014 at 14:29

Thanks everyone


Posted: 20/09/2014 at 18:27

The dog wouldn't put up with that.  Any IDE what this stuff is called?


thanks for replying


Posted: 20/09/2014 at 16:59

My small garden pond has been very neglected and is full of duck weed.  I have got as much as possible off with a sieve attached to a bean pole but as the water level is so low I have found all the oxygenating plants are full of it as well.. Presumably the best thing would be to replace all these, so would this time of year be the best time to do it?  I can't use chemicals even if I wanted to as my dog treats is as her personal water bowl!  


Isit it ok to top up with tap water, I haven't any rain water left in my water butt.




Is it a jasmine

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 10:49

I inherited this plant when I moved here (peak district) 2 years ago. It provides a useful buffer between me and my neighbour.  Every now and then I hack it back a bit and it comes back at me with


a vengeance.!!! Last year I gave it a good shave and thought I had killed it as it took ages to come to life after the long winter. Is it a jasmine and how hard can I cut it back

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Prunus autumnalis they were supposed to flower from November onwards.

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Composting shredded stuff

Lots of it! 
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Getting rid of it!! 
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Is it a jasmine

Small leaves, dark pink tiny fluted flowers all summer, bees love it, not much scent, grows like anything 
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Poorly clematis

Little growth and no flowers 
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