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Is everyone else's plants very late this year?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 16:07

Hi - I was just wondering whether everyone else's plants are very late this year?  I have got aliums which haven't come out yet, roses which look nowhere near to opening, scabious that haven't even got buds yet etc.  Is this a consequence of this cold, unsunny June perhaps?  I have only been gardening a couple of years, but I'd say that the garden is about 4 weeks behind where it was at the same time last year.  Hope it's nothing I am doing wrong....?

Can anyone help identifying a plant?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 23:40

Brilliant - thanks so much for identifying that for me - and I will be careful with it!  

Can anyone help identifying a plant?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:42

 Thanks Auntie Betty - here is a pic - does that look right?  I don't kind if it is a bit of the thug, as it looks so good!

Can anyone help identifying a plant?

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 16:23

Hi - I have noticed a plant which appears to be growing 'wild' all over the place where I live (Lincolnshire) - along the bottom of people's walls, sometimes through the cracks in the walls, and along the small gaps where the pavement meets people's gardens.  It occupies a similar environment as the valerian which grows wild everywhere. It has grey-green foliage and a profusion of small white flowers which have come out in the last week or two.  Some of the clumps have grown really quite large, perhaps a couple of foot across, but it is never more than around 10cm tall.  I am hoping to find out its name so I can plant some in my own garden. any help much appreciated

Are Echinaceas perennial?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 19:05

Thanks for the advice - I appreciate it.  I have got well-drained, sandy soil so fingers crossed mine might be a bit longer lived too - they are the species ones, although I also have a couple of white ones which seem a lot less vigorous (like a lot of my white versions of plants).  I'll just deadhead the new ones for this year and see what next year brings me  

Are Echinaceas perennial?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 16:42

Hi - I was just wondering if anyone knows whether Echinaceas are biennial or perennial in the UK?  I have read that they are both, and an internet search seems to imply that it depends on where you are.  I am in Lincolnshire.  I planted some last year and cut out all of the flowering stems before they had a chance to develop in the hope that that would make them stronger for the future. Then I found out that they only lived two years and I wished I had let them flower!  I am planting some more this year, but if they are only biennial, I may well let these ones flower in the first year.  Thanks for your help.

Liquid feed that doesn't burn leaves?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 19:57

Thanks very much for the repsonses.  I've got lots of foliage now and not much bare earth to put the chicken pellets on, plus I read that you have avoid touching the plants with the pellets and also fork it in after you put the pellets down and I'm worried about damaging the plants?  Do you think that I could get away with just careful sprinkling and let the pellets sink in naturally perhaps?  

Liquid feed that doesn't burn leaves?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 17:01

I have missed the boat for putting down any chicken pellets or other type of solid feed this year unfortunately, so I am wondering if anyone can recommend a good, organic, liquid feed to give the garden a boost?  Last year I tried a diluted seaweed feed in June and a diluted comfrey feed in August but both of them burnt the leaves of the plants and left them looking terrible.  Any other ideas?  Or should I just stick with the seaweed or comfrey but dilute them much more than recommended?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Murky water in Pond

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:56

I have recently bought a solar powered, floating pond pump, which was only £15 (good old eBay) and it is doing a good job of aerating my tiny wildlife pond - before I had it, it used to go stagnant quite quickly, which meant a lot of work with buckets and water butts to get rid of the stagnant water and replace it with fresh rain water.  Now it seems to be stable and doesn't smell bad anymore.  It also means that when the sun is shining on the pond, I have a little fountain, which the birds sometimes wash under.  The pump just stops as soon as the sun goes in or at night.  Might help?

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:51

Thanks everyone for the advice, espeically about the suet - I have now put a couple of brackets on the wall and mounted a seed tray on there full of suet pellets and the starlings are definitely favouring that, which has meant that I have had a return of some of the goldfinch and green finch to the seed feeders, which is great  I have also hung a large suet ball feeder at the back of the garden which is also diverting the starlings.  As gardeningfantic says, the robins, blackbirds and sparrows are also loving the suet pellets, which again stops them using the seed feeders as much - the blackbirds can be terrors when they decide that a seed feeder is 'theirs'.  I am also sprinkling some dried mealworms around the floor every now and then, which are gone in minutes - than goodness for cheap, bulk buying on eBay!  Even though the starlings are annoying, I must admit that watching them bring their babies to feed in my garden is still a lovely sight

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