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Latest posts by lydiaann

Bird song is back

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:56

B3 - I thought a murmuration was starlings, and then only when they are doing their incredulous aerobatics at dusk?

Bird song is back

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:40

We have been commenting that the birds have been singing for quite a while now - despite the earlier cold weather this month.  Now, it's become quite a cacophony.  On early riser (5 a.m.) seems to favour the crab apple tree which is right outside the bedroom window...thank goodness we are retired and don't have to get up at 6 a.m. any more!  Our blackbirds and thrushes are also all back in competition at dusk - lovely.

Blind tulips

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:36

Approximately 50 percent of my tulips (about 3-4 years old) are blind this year.  As I rely on them to follow the succession of the crocus and snowdrops, then daffs, on the outside of my property boundary, I'm wondering whether to leave them in once those that are in bud flower - or if I should grub them up and start again in the autumn.  Do blind tulips (or narcissi, for that matter) recover and flower the following year if given the 'right' environmental conditions, or is it curtains for them?

Yellow balls in soil

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:33

Sounds like eggs to me - but of what, who knows? Given the amount of rain that fell until 2 weeks ago, I'm guessing you are correct in your diagnosis.  If they are in the veg patch, then I'd get rid of as many as possible otherwise creatures may get to eat your carrots before you do!  I'm about to have a go at my patch (as it seems to be clearing up a bit) so I shall keep an eye out too!!

3rd plot!

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 09:27

Some like partial shade/full sun, but the best ones for north-facing borders are those that are green (as opposed to 'blue') with a white or cream border around the leaves.  Mine, that get no sun at all, are lovely in the summer and still produce loads of flowers despite the shade.  Three varietals are "Christmas Tree", "First Frost" and "Liberty".  Having said that, I have a 'blue' hosta which should be (according to the RHS) in the same partial shade/full sun, just loves being with his more retiring buddies under the forsythia and winter jasmine, sheltered by the fence from any of that silly old sun.

J Parkers let down

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 12:25

I agree with Verdun - and the company name says it all - good for bulbs, rubbish for plants.

Hydrangea outgrown pot ?

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 11:42

About a year ago I posted our difficulties regarding removing a plant from a pot-bellied container, i.e. one with a 'waist-line'.  I am guessing from your "was a bit of a struggle" that you suffered the same as we did...I, too, have learned my lesson and we are using 'a pot within a pot'.  Well done!

Buying online

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 09:42

I seem to have been unlucky with buying on-line with very few being successful, except bulbs from Parkers (their bare root plants are not good but their bulbs, for which they are famous, are).  Being fortunate enough to be retired and having our own transport, we can go to several excellent garden centres all within about 15 minutes' drive of home.  Not only can we examine all plants minutely, get good advice when required and all the other accoutrements necessary for good planting, we can put our feet up in a coffee shop too!

Plant care

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 16:53

Depends on how sheltered they are I think.  I can prune mine any time as it (I only have the one) has its back to the fence and, although faces north, is somewhat tucked back and is protected by the hebe.  Even so, I tend to leave it until beginning of March when I do the roses and other pruning - though I have done my buddleja today!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 16:50

I attacked the buddleja and it's now gone from over fence height (around 6-7 feet) down to hip level.  I do this every year and every year I look at the poor things and think I've done for it this time.  But every year, back she comes as lovely as ever.  Haven't sown any seeds at all yet but will contemplate that when we return from the South of France in the last week of February - I shall be feeling more mellow then I think!

Discussions started by lydiaann

Blind tulips

Good to go, or got to go? 
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Last Post: 24/03/2016 at 18:56

This crazy climate

Earliest ever? 
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Last Post: 10/01/2016 at 09:38

Raking leaves

So good for you! 
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Last Post: 29/10/2015 at 18:24


Bonus blooms 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 16:40

Tomatoes gone wild

They didn't read the label 
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Last Post: 23/06/2015 at 00:11

Cotinus coggygria

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Last Post: 18/05/2015 at 15:18

Repotting - a word to the wise

Shape of the pot 
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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 09:51

Why plant daffs in October?

They do just as well if you wait until March! 
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Last Post: 29/04/2015 at 13:37


The perennial problem of black spot 
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Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 07:35

Runner beans

Not good 
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Last Post: 13/08/2014 at 20:11

Common Ash

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Last Post: 08/06/2014 at 15:11

Red Spider Mite

They're everywhere! 
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Last Post: 21/05/2014 at 21:17

Curly leaves on my plum

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Last Post: 29/04/2014 at 20:59

To prune or not to prune

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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 20:46

Field maple

Fungus or disease? Deadly or a cosmetic problem? 
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Last Post: 05/07/2013 at 15:01
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