- Berkshire, UK. Bee friendly planting & passionate about saving the British Hedgehog.
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Today at 09:44
I'm also keen to buy some if our Wilko has stock - B&Q were also selling similar 'bare root' tiny perennials in boxes at the weekend when I looked, aquilegia's/delphiniums were definitely seen on the shelves, £3 for 3 or 4
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2 days ago at 09:17
I would say you can have some of mine, which I'm tirelessly trying to remove from every inch of the garden but it's not variegated
3 days ago at 09:19
They used to be good in Windsor, but are getting worse and worse since they stopped being "the Garden Group". In fact the last couple of times I 've been in they look like they are about to foldSee original post
Totally with you on this chicky, haven't been recently but the same is happening to the Hare Hatch branch on the way to Reading!
3 days ago at 19:14
My hebe is the same, first year, in a ceramic pot. Drooping & lost quite a few leaves, i've moved it under from the damp and wet but think I might be too late :(
3 days ago at 19:13
Agreed, Wyevale is a terrible place here as well, the quality is lacking, the variety is bare minimum and the prices are high end. Much, much better nurseries and GC's out there
16 Jan 2017 07:33
Posy, a raw diet does not just constitute meat. It's balanced and much more comparable with that of a humans, also including poultry, fish, vegetables and fruit. Barney won't stomach blackberries or blueberries unfortunately, but like for us they are recommended as antioxidants are always a plus. However, raw carrots are a perfect treat mid afternoon. He's also partial to sunflower hearts! Just stay away from avocado, grapes etc.
Generally speaking, it's believed that girls urine is more likely to burn than a male's but higher waste product will increase nitrogen levels regardless. Like everything else that comes with having a dog e.g. the mess in doors and chewed shoes, you learn to just let them get on with it! (to an extent)
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15 Jan 2017 21:24
Ah lovely Clarington, you sound like a responsible owner.
Anything that contains vegetable oil, animal 'derivatives', cereal & preservatives/additives is much to be avoided as can be seen by provided link. Very much a 'if you wouldn't have your kids on it 24/7, don't expect the dog' mentality in this household..
Each to their own Steve..
Kaz, I would also recommend artificial grass or no grass at all? A garden can still look perfectly nice without one
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15 Jan 2017 21:18
Nice, do you have places for them or an impulse buy? I'm just jealous. Our Wyevale is useless, manager's discount is usually on dead annuals and that's it. The rest is horrifically overpriced compared to Longacres etc (a must visit for all, Bagshot, Surrey - voted top GC in the UK).
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15 Jan 2017 17:14
Funny you mention dog food Mark; we have always been very lucky with Reggies pee spots. Only during the driest of summer do we get damage to the lawn if I get lazy and fail on my watering can duties. The rest of the year we never notice any patches. I often wondered why; he's raw fed so maybe that affects things.
Everyday is a school day!See original post
Yes definitely Clarington! We've just changed over to raw so hopefully this Summer will be a doddle. I look into food brands out of interest and agree that raw is most natural, there are so many unassuming dog owners feeding brands like Pedigree, without realising it's the equivalent of McDonalds for humans. There's a brilliant website called www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk, which tells you of red listed ingredients etc! What breed is Reggie?
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15 Jan 2017 16:59
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15 Jan 2017 16:53
Well we've had the same thing this past summer with Barney pup, you can follow him round with a watering can and dilute the high nitrogen urine but it's not exactly practical, in this weather especially. You can train them like friends of ours have, to pee on a bark or patio area. Another alternative is the 'dog rocks' from Australia that you put into their water bowl, however, they have to sit in the water for 10 hours before effective & I'm not convinced the impact over time is going to be positive for the dogs health. We've resorted to taking him out the front for toilets/on his walks. Certain dog foods will promote higher nitrogen levels in their pee but this Spring I've got a hell of a job re-seeding.
Edit: Exact same advice on exact same minute Clarington
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15 Jan 2017 13:15
I also attended a David Austin workshop some years ago Craig & I agree that it was very well worth it, if my memory serves correct they also gave the advice to avoiding feed after June/July.. In addition, any rose in a pot is going to be happier in the ground, unless of course you haven't got the ideal condition to plant it in. A (rose granular in my case) feed late March/Early April and June is all that is really required, on top of replacing compost and mulching. Often people 'over fertilise' which promotes weakness and is very much counter intuitive, potentially making the rose more susceptible to fungus and disease. They are hardy and should do just fine ensuring that they don't dry out just like any potted plant.
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14 Jan 2017 21:31
I just stick to tomato feed for mine but don't feed after June otherwise you'll promote soft growth which won't withstand the winter. I do also try the granular rose feed/FB&B and try to dig it further down, it depends how much compost/mulch you have on top of the root ball. I wouldn't go mad, roses don't like it. Also deeper the pot the better. Is yours a 'patio' variety?
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13 Jan 2017 10:37
Sedum about to flower on first picture of your 2nd post
11 Jan 2017 18:04
Rozanne flowers for longer. That's the main difference, July onwards till Autumn
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11 Jan 2017 08:39
That's a shame wake shine. There are still some for sale in garden centres for the indoors. The smell is one of my absolute favourites, it just smells of pure freshness and Spring!
11 Jan 2017 08:38
As well as cold, it's usually the excessive wet and damp that rots them, so a simple drape could be useful (it's on my list to do this week). Plants like lavender, rosemary or hebe in a pot will hate our wet English winters, so i've taken them fully under cover. It'll also depend on the drainage and how much grit you've added to your containers.
09 Jan 2017 12:07
Crab Apple is gorgeous for it's blossom & cherry 'Kanzan' is my absolute favourite but wouldn't specifically suggest it for wildlife. Anything that flowers and forms berries would be suitable. I have a holly shaped 'tree' that the birds also love in winter.
09 Jan 2017 12:05
Could you provide a picture for ID please? Would be more accurate for our guess work
08 Jan 2017 20:59
Rowan, white beam