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Frost damaged Ivy

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 11:19

Thanks everyone for your comments, like you say, looks as though it is just a waiting game to see what survives.  The winter just seemed to go on forever and late snow and hard frosts have not helped (not sure we are out of the woods yet either). 

Fingers crossed, and I will keep an eye on my poor blackbird.  I can see her sitting in the nest watching me in my lounge.  She is quite tame so I don't think the fact we can see her is gonna be too much of a problem for her.  She sees me put food out and comes over and feeds.  Might have to put an umbrella up for her if it gets too wet  .

Frost damaged Ivy

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 19:38

The leaves began to go brown about a month ago when we were getting the heavy frosts.  We had a lot of snow here in Suffolk and my Caster Oil plant which is planted in front of the Ivy has also died.  I really do hope the ivy is not dead as it is is so well established will take a long time to grow another one. 


Frost damaged Ivy

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 18:44

I have Ivy growing up a wall - variegated, large leaf - which has been in for about 10 years.  It is huge and the birds always nest in it.  In fact it has a blackbird nesting at the moment.  It has been damaged by the frost and the leaves have turned brown and are falling off.  I thought this should have stopped by now but they are still dying off and it is looking very sparse.  My poor blackbird is sitting in her nest and is looking quite exposed now.

Will it recover, I would hate to lose it.  I would have thought Ivy was very hardy but not so sure about this one.

Any help appreciated thanks


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 09:54

Good morning everyone.  Cold here today and more snow forecast for tomorrow here in Suffolk.  Come on spring.  This is my first year with a greenhouse so at least I have somewhere to go when it is cold and snowy.

Have been holding off sowing seeds just yet cos the weather is so unpreditable to say the least and I do not have any heating in greenhouse (yet).

Have a good day

Is it still ok to feed dried fruit to birds bearing in mind the young

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:48

I've been feeding dried fruit all through the winter but bearing in mind that they say not to feed whole peanuts I was wondering if it ok to keep feeding the dried fruit cos that is quite big as well.  I tried to chop them up in my food processor just in case but they would not chop very well kept sticking together.  I did them by hand in the end but a very long job which I don't fancy doing. 

WEATHER this week

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 09:58

Bitterly cold wind here today, about 2 inches of snow overnight and very cold.   Poor birds desperately looking for food again.  Come on spring, hurry up, thought you were here last week.  Last Monday I was out in the garden, no coat and happily pottering about in my garden.

Best and worst

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 09:56

My favourite has to be when that seed or cutting I have nurtured produces its first bloom and looks amazing.

My worst has to be raking up leaves from gravel, it takes such a long time and I end up picking up more gravel than leaves. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 15:29

Beautiful sunny day here, about 10c.  Cold in the wind but lovely in the sun.  Been out tidying up front garden and putting a few pots out with crocus, daffs, bellis daisies and tulips in.  All looking spik and span.  Hopefully will last.


PS  Happy birthday to you Highland Jeanie

Wistera - a good dark coloured one - any ideas ?

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 14:24

I am planning to plant a wisteria to grow up the front of my house.  I currently have one in my back garden which is called Lavender Lace but, although very pretty and scented, the flowers are very light in colour.

As my house is painted a cream colour I want a darkish colour wisteria which will really show up against the cream background.

Anyone got any ideas.  I have heard that Black Dragon is supposed to be a good one, anyone got this one ?  and if so would you recommend it.

Are Morrisons bulbs any good ??

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 10:25

This forum is so good, it is helpful to get other gardeners feedback . 

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