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Poppy Fields

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 13:01

I saw an amazing field-full of red poppies in Norfolk last week!  There's a connection between Little Ann's post and the fact that our national flower emblem for remembering those who died fighting for their country during world wars is a red poppy. I believe it's because those fields in France which had been devastated by the WW1 trenches were covered in red poppies in later years - the trenches etc disturbed land which had been uncultivated previously, and the poppy seeds had been thrown up by the digging.

Problem with Ivy---Hedra helix Goldheart-

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 14:06

Before you contact the landlord, I'd suggest you try to find out who's responsible for your garden boundaries, and also whether there's any restriction as to their height.  Sometimes the legal documents relating to house purchase can and do identify these things, but not always.  If you have a site plan, and there are sometimes little symbols which look a bit like a "T", and the owner of land on which the "T" is shown owns that boundary:-  i.e.
__________________T____________________ means that the owner of the land above the line "owns" the boundary.  If the "T" were upside down & below the line, the owner of that land would be responsible. 

It's unlikely that you'd "own" all the boundaries round your property, especially if it is one of a row of houses.  One side of the plot, and possibly the rear, are the most likely - but you really need to check and be armed with all the facts (relating to height as well) before you tackle your neighbour.  You'd almost certainly be within your rights, however, if you cut down anything which overhung your garden - but you're supposed to hand to the neighbour what it was that you removed!

Garden DESTROYED!?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 10:05

Probably a young badger's the culprit.  They venture away from the sett (last year's cubs) and often end up as roadkill round here.  Almost always the small/young ones, as far as I can tell, and it's interesting that whereas crows & magpies etc seem to scavenge on dead rabbits/foxes/pheasant etc at the roadside, I've never yet seen them near a dead badger.

Wisteria

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 09:28

I had a similar problem with the wisterias which grow on the front of my house.  They were very well-established when I bought the property but - like yours - didn't produce any flowers.  I think I discovered the reason for this, which seemed to be the fact that they were planted in such a way that their roots grew beneath a concrete path which ran along the front of the property.  Before the path was eventually taken away - and a border established - I made sure that I watered them well during the autumn, by pouring literally buckets-full of water into the planting hole which they sat in, which was surrounded by concrete then.  Ever since the path was removed (many years ago now) the wisterias have flowered profusely - it looks a purple waterfall all along the front & side of the house at the moment!  I don't know which variety of wisteria they are, but both produce the longest racemes I've ever seen - well over 12" long.  I prune the unwanted new shoots during the summer months and do a general "tidy-up" sort of pruning in February/March, depending a bit on the weather - but before the buds show any sign of new growth.

So - before you do anything too drastic ref pruning, I'd suggest that you consider whether or not your plant could be short of water.  Seems simple enough, but when you consider that any plant which is sited close to a wall is likely to suffer from this.  Feeding usually produces more leaf than flower, though some plant food is often necessary because the soil near a house wall is often poor in quality.  I don't know the real reason why copious amounts of water in the autumn seemed to work for me - but it did!

watering (i'm new to gardening)

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 21:33

Hello!  It'd help if you could tell us a bit more about what you did in order to make the lawn & borders - e.g. is there rubble or something not far beneath them & if so,  how deep is the soil?  Did you just use what "turned up"(!) or did you use some new topsoil and/or compost?  All these things have an effect on how much moisture the ground will hold.  Is it shaded or sunny?  Would you describe the soil as sandy or clayey?  Did you use turf or did you seed the lawn?  Is it sloping or level?  Any new lawn probably needs some extra watering to help it get properly established.  A good soaking once every ten days or so is probably better than just sprinkling more often than that.  As far as border plants are concerned, it can depend a bit on how big a hole you made to plant into, and whether or not you back-filled it with good compost (which would retain water well) or whether you just used what you'd dug out in the first place.  Any newly planted stuff needs some watering in order to help it grow properly - once plants are established there's less need to do that, unless we get a prolonged heatwave!

I know all that sounds a bit OTT - but there are so many factors which can affect moisture retention. One idea might be to dig down a little bit to see if the subsoil seems at all damp - it'd probably be a bit darker in colour than the soil on the surface. 

Hope this helps a bit - perhaps other people will add their thoughts too.

dying hedge

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 19:05

Hello!  Sorry you've had no replies so far - perhaps it'd help if you could tell us what plant(s) your hedge consists of.  Is it all the same species?  Can you post some photos?  - several diffferent aspects including close-ups too if possible.

Have i been growing a weed? pls help

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 11:57

Hello!  can you remember what the twigs/buds looked like over the winter months?  Ash has smooth grey bark and the little tight buds (which grow on to become leaves) are black.

Toad spawn

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 16:21

Hello again - from your first post I thought your pond was a new venture, but it sounds as though it's really well established.  Provided there's a suitable escape route for anything which falls in and/or wants to get out, everything should be fine!

Toad spawn

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 14:13

Between two and three weeks, depending a bit on weather conditions. 

I have a few questions for you, though!

When did you "start" your pond?

How big is it?

Whereabouts in your garden is it?

What plants are there?

Where did the spawn come from? i.e. did a frog/toad lay it in your pond or did you bring it from somewhere else?

Newly hatched tadpoles eat the remains of their own egg sacs and then eat various algae and some semi-decaying vegetable matter before eventually becoming more-or-less carnivore, though will eat insect larvae.  At a push, you could tie some small pieces of (raw) liver or red meat on a bit of string and suspend this in the pond water, though it wouldn't be a good idea to do this too much as young froglets/toadlets are very susceptible to problems caused by poor water quality.

I bet that if you google for more info as to what you could help with, food-wise, t'internet will probably come up with some ideas for you.

 

Conference pears

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 20:53

I've been buying British grown conference pears for weeks now and wondered how they are harvested & stored - given that it must be months since they were picked - so I googled a bit & found lots of info, which I'm sure you'd find useful too.  It seems that pears don't in fact ripen on the tree!

Whenever I  buy slightly under-ripe fruit, I put it in a bowl with a ripe banana because that always speeds up the ripening process.  Any over-ripe bananas (I prefer to eat them when they're still a bit green at both ends) are then used to make a cake.

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