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Jim Macd

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compost bins

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:57

Or you could relish the fact that you have a lively heap providing lots of insects for birds and bats. A balanced approach to gardening, not using chemicals to kill everything will result in much less work for you because the animals and insects you haven't killed will do it for you.

Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:36
Silverfox2 wrote (see)

 If it's not  flowering after 10 years in the ground, what have you got to lose ?

The whole shrub possibly? I think moving it should be the last resort. We don't even know which species it is to be giving the best advice yet.


What's the best thing to do with daffodils when the flower has died

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:34
nogbert wrote (see)

My daffs are situated where my summer bedding plants are going to go,after flowering would it be ok to remove the head ,dig up the bulbs then store them for planting next year...........Cheers



No, you need to let the bulbs build up. If you do what you're suggesting it won't be long before you have no bulbs at all. You'll have to replant them, either in pots or another part of the garden. 

Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 12:56

What species do you have?

Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 11:44

I have a new Magnolia soulangiana, only been in 3 or 4 years it's only 3ft high and was very small when it went in and is flowering already. I've never heard of planting a Magnolia for your grandchildren.

What's the best thing to do with daffodils when the flower has died

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 11:04

Yeah, if they are getting congested they will go blind, you have to lift and divide them. Other than that I wouldn't feed them if they're in grass, since you'll just be feeding the grass, just make sure they're well watered at the end of the summer and they should come up without problems. If they're in pots you have to be more vigilant though, because that's totally unnatural so you have to take more care.

What's the best thing to do with daffodils when the flower has died

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 10:13

I just leave mine and save the seeds, I clear away the dead leaves by scythe, that's it, but I don't have any big flowered hybrids.

Have I killed my newly planted hawthorn hedge?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 11:41

No, I'm sure it will be fine. I'm sure you'd have killed any little weeds on top though, but don't worry the hedge will be fine.

Amelanchier lamarckii

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 11:40

Yes, they are like a plum flower and have edible fruit. Very nice trees, can't wait for mine to explode into bloom

Sycamore seedlings

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 18:59
Steve 309 wrote (see)

Ah yes.  I stand corrected.  And the feudal system.  And posessions in France,  And lots of our language.  And Calvados. But apart from that...

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