Maggie jones

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Starlings not migrating

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 07:25

Well that's a relief.  Thank you for your information.  The tips of the new walnut leaves a blackend and curled dry I thought the trees were on their way out!


Californian Lilac Ceanothus help required

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 13:54

Friend has a Ceanothus 8ft, which was trimmed back in the autumn / winter last year. Now  just one of the branches is dead.   What could have caused this?

What precautions should I take in removing the dead branch?

Starlings not migrating

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 13:26

Just remembered to pass this tip on.

Ten years ago I planted a crab apple - John Downey - on which flourished colonies of aphids, farmed by ants, on the new spring shots.   I was advised to tie suet balls to the branches to attract birds which will also devour the aphids.

later that year no aphids no ants.   Every year since has been a lovely crop of blossom and healthy new growth. Works a treat.

Sadly something else is worrying   this year.       the lovely blossom went a bright orange rust colour and shrivelled from the edges way before the usual time for petal drop.  Why? whats up?

Also there is fire blight on the walnut trees......  


Starlings not migrating

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 08:42

AAAAggghhhh!  and Yuk!  

I feed my garden birds but about a dozen starlings have turned up and are scaring off the robin and the black bird, havent seen any tits for ages.

I have had to stop scattering worms and grain on the terrace as it is now covered in starling poo.

The robin will feed from the hanging feeder but what about the blackbirds.  How can I feed the black bird?  He doesnt seem to use the feeder.


Shade container

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:59

thank you all.

pyrocanthus soil change

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:55

I am renovating a garden which has/had many pyrocanthus.

I have hacked some back and some I must remove.

I think I read somewhere that pyrocanthus can change the chemistry of the surrounding soil - but cannot find an online reference to this.  Maybe it was another shrub that does this.

I shall test the soil before replanting .

Anyone have the answer.

thank you

Shade container

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:14

Thank You,  Obelixx and Fairygirl.

Shade container

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 17:08

I would like to plant up a steel winter container with pink and purple plants that will be in shade

the container is 30 x 30 x 75cm long.

Any ideas on which plants ?

Everlasting Spinach....( And Chard )

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 13:40

Just cutting down last years spinach which has started to grow vigorously.  Is it worth freezing? raw its a bit tough.

Ivy out of control!

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 09:29

And cheaper too!  Thanks Dove

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pyrocanthus soil change

Can pyrocanthus change the soil below? 
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Shade container

Stainless steel winter container. What plants pink and purple. 
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Planting grafted things

Sarah Ravens video 
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killing bamboo not wild life

how to remove running bamboo from around a pond. 
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I have seen a huge clump of pink amaryllis, well it looks like an amaryllis, growing in a very sheltered south facing neglected front garden... 
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ideal potato soil

Changing soil to Irish type 
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Lime flower bee food

What to plant to offset tree trimming 
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Old damson trees

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Mystery plants

I have two shrubby like plants which have naturalised, I would like help identifying them. 
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