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Blossom Trees

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 16:15

What about 'Columnar' Fruit trees? They are pretty slender...like the old fashioned 'Ballerina' fruit trees.

Blossom Trees

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 20:46

B&Q sells it, but if you want several, best to go to a Nursery where you can get them al the same size.

Blossom Trees

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 12:22

Not sure, but it sounds a bit like a Flagpole Cherry...they tend to be more slender and upright than most flowering cherries.

Is summer on its way?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 11:06

I took the elderly mother and sister out for a drive yesterday, and was 'swooped' as I drove along a country lane near St. Austell by one of my favourite birds...yes, a swallow! Can't wait for the good weather to follow....please?!

Blossom Trees

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 06:12

Watch out for suckering on sumach, they can be a bit of a beggar for it !  Take a look at the wiki link for it:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhus_typhina

slugs and snails

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 07:26

I have old stone walls around my garden, Heaven for slugs and snails. I use a combination of nematodes....not so effective on snails....copper tape gives the beggars an electrostatic shock(according to the blurb), and pellets for the snails. Add to that the local Song thrush, and we seem to be holding our own. The pellets are under things so the birds aren't likely to get them or the dead slimeys. Just have a regular 'corpse patrol' to dispose of them.

Sambuca Nigra

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 07:18

I've got one in a pot which was stood on the garden......had to take a saw to the roots that came through the bottom so that I could move the pot! Opportunist little beggar! Shows how good elders can be at settling in. Mine flowered last year, only half a dozen clusters, but I think that was more because it was in a pot and the roots were constricted (mostly!). If it's too big, I cut the elder back at anytime of the year, and it's lasted 4 yrs so far.

Bizzie/Busy Lizzies!

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 07:53

What alternatives are people going to be growing this year, especially after the collapse of impatiens due to the new virus? Are New Gunea Impatiens affected? Personally, I'm not keen on them. Having worked in a garden centre for many years and having some quite elderly customers becoming very irate over the 'last' boxes of the darn things, it's about time something else took their place!

Talkback: Identifying bumblebees

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
I love bees, and they never seem bothered by me doing my job. As I'm deadheading, I've had several on my hands, just preening themselves, before launching back into the nearest flower. So long as you move slowly and carefully, you shouldn't have a problem with them. They love daisy type flowers, easier to land on and pillage, I guess.

Talkback: Identifying bumblebees

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
I work in a garden centre, and as we get the lavender and hebes in, that's when we usually have the most bees about. There's usually a complete mixture of wild bees and honey bees. I was asked once why I wasn't bothered by the bees as I was working, and I tried to explain that if a bee stings, it dies as the stinger is barbed and tears the bee apart as it tries to pull it out.
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