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Posted: 16/02/2015 at 13:28

Lovely piccys.

I have a few hellebores just coming, snowdrops very slow as seems to be across all regions, last year at this date they were up and finished.

I am just popping into town, dont want to go out but needs must, its mums birthday on Thursday and I havent got her card yet.

Thank you SGL for your lovely email, I really enjoy reading them, also to Runnybeak, Thankyou.


Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:57
Verdun wrote (see)

Lyn, but the noise is terrible.  Ever heard drunk slugs singing.?

I know Verdun, worse than a gang of women out on  a Jethro night!

I can vouch for the nematodes, if you have a smallish garden, but expensive if you have a large one. Dont do them too early though, they die in the cold.


Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:53

Here a photo of mine last year in mid June. first one 18th second 22nd.

There are Sweet Williams, Lupins, Delphiniums, Foxgloves, Aconitum (best not for a wedding!!!) Campanula, Aquilegia, Allium.

There aren't many annuals in bloom this early and if you want the Spring flowers such as Delphiniums, you would need to buy seeds or plants this year for flowering next.


You could try some pansies in pretty pots, grow from seed late this summer ready for next June


Back garden privacy

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:31

If it were me having small children playing, I would,  without a doubt put up 5/6ft fencing.

Trellis with clematis is not green all year round, at the moment my montana looks awful, like a load of dead straw, you need something enclosed. Even the quickest growing trees/shrubs wont grow big enough by the summer when the little ones are out playing. Maybe your neighbour wants to look in!

My daughter is a childminder and has 6ft high fences, even along the roadside where they should be only one metre, but in the circumstances was allowed to leave it.

New Build, New Garden

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:14

If you sort out the drainage problem, you can grow anything you fancy.

Maybe you can dig a trench around the edge of your garden, lay perforated piping cover with shingles/stones, and divert the water away. I have this type of drainage all around my patio, it works very well.

It's all very well choosing plants for a boggy garden, but in time your lawn will be covered in moss,not grow very well and eventually die.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:10

You can buy the Provado in a diluted form, make it up and water in onto the soil around.

What does this mean???

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 20:44

Same here SGL,  I did them early when I first moved here, keen, as new gardeners are, but then we had a frost in March/April time and those top exposed buds went black, had to prune again, I dont rush anything now.

When to prune zebra grass?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:25
Verdun wrote (see)

Cut the last  of mine down this morning Sallyforbes

its spring here.  12 degrees at least and no wind so feeling even warmer.  

Lucky you there Verdun, its going to be -1c just over the border tonight.


Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:18


Hedgehog or rats

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:16

Definitely rats! You will need to get rid or you will be overrun, they breed quicker than you can blink.

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