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Magpie Seen Caching Food

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 18:38

What are the trees, Jim?

Moving magnolia

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:49

Where your septique is concerned it's best not to argue with the guys from the authority and why would you want to? Just move the magnolia when it's dormant - it may work and it may not. If you delay, as suggested, it is less likely to work. And would you rather have the septique not working?

A test for those with rhodo knowledge

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:43

Hi Mike. I have to disagree with you about the wonder of Rhododendron ponticum. There are hundreds of other Rhododendron species and thousands of cultivars from all sorts of crosses. Most of these have much more polite habits than R. ponticum, which is a major pest in woodlands, moorlands, NT estates, nature reserves and gardens all over the UK. It deserves every bit of its bad reputation.

Raised Beds on Paved Patios?

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:31

Builders merchants are a good source of good strong plastic sheet.

Very tall neglected pear and apple trees

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:24

I think that when we move into a new house the temptation is to adopt the garden the previous owners have left us. Then after a few months or years we wish we'd got stuck in to the job of changing things a bit sooner! Clearly we should retain things of real value or that are quirkily interesting, but equally there are other features which are bad and can only get worse. I don't think that the fruit trees you have inherited owe you anything; trying to reshape them to encourage fruiting will take a long time to work, if it succeeds at all. By then your new fruit trees will be cropping merrily.

I think the other posters are suggesting that there may be a lot in your new garden which is not worth preserving, and it may be worth going for a radical approach. For instance, will any fruit trees you plant be heavily shaded and therefore not do very well? And if you start to tidy and plant up the garden and then decide to get rid of these large fruit trees and leylandiis, will your work get trashed in the process? As Steve says, removal of large trees and stumps can be a little disruptive. I think your good-sized garden could look twice as big if you let the light in.

raised ponds.built out of sleepers and scaffolding boards

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:03

Quite so, Dove. But you've got to have an eye on other people's children too. Common sense should do the trick and everyone will have a great experience.

Magpie Seen Caching Food

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 16:59

There have been a lot of studies of Magpies hiding food for later use. They seem to have an accurate long-term memory for where they left it. They also nick other birds' hidden food.

Very tall neglected pear and apple trees

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 16:45

Patience. As a start I would carefully remove all the ivy from these trees to ground level and treat the cut stumps with a strongish mix of glyphosate or other suitable treatment. Be careful not to damage the tree bark with your tools or the ladder.

Next winter you will be able to see the shapes of the trees and start to cut out dead, crossing, weak or misshapen branches. But don't try to do much shaping per year or the trees will throw out loads of water shoots. You will probably have decided by winter which trees you want to keep (what varieties do you have?) and which others are not really worth the space they're taking up. Then you can look at planting some new trees which will crop much better and you won't have trouble picking them.

In the meantime, I'm sure you've got lots of other jobs in your new garden - you seem to have a lot of leylandii!


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 06:00

Fritillaria meleagris growing strongly - one or two buds showing; cowslips starting to flower; just finished planting out the irises that I split and potted up last autumn; Dapnne mezereum still a mass of flowers attracting the butterflies. There's no better time of year - until we get to the next bit!

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:30

What are you referring to, Belgian?

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