Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

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?

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 18:35

Hummingbird HMs love lavender.

3' high raised bed advice welcomed

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 11:58

Whatever you build it from, it needs to be able to support 5 tons of soil; think about the weight of two Jeeps. And will concrete blocks look that nice, even painted blue? I suppose it depends on the style of the rest of your garden.

Chalk loving perennials

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:42

Campanula, Pulsatilla

Another 'what's this?' thread...

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:40

Or, as far as three of my customers are concerned, they smell horrible!

Polluted ground

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:07

Let's hope your neighbour is insured.

Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 21:20

Your decking will be wet or damp for long periods at certain times of year. The occasional heavy storm won't add significantly to this, so don't worry!

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