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mascaraed rose

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:27

Find that


If no luck.  Get back to me.

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:23

The mystery of pH.

Now and then members raise questions that at the end of the day, relate to the pH scales etc.

Might I ask each and everyone using these forums. Would I be ‘out of place’ posting a whatever dealing with the mysterious pH scales etc.

Has anyone any objections?






Would someone be kind enough to identify this beautiful smelling shrub

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:32

Strange that many winter flowering shrubs, have few leaves at this time, but such glorious flowers.  Another sweet smeller is.  Sweet Box.  Then of course the Daphnes.

Lawn care

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:27

Due to climate change.  The grass cutting calender has changed, especially in parks and gardens.  Now quite often you can see the tractors out cutting in December and January.  In your case.  Stick to your Dad's practice.  The gardens are still pretty wet, and as our friend says.  Cutting now could tear out the grass.  When you do decide to cut.  Have the mower set on high.  It might not look as though you have just cut, but this is best.  Plus the weight of the mower will have pressed the tiny grass plants back into the soil.  Following cuts, gradually lower the blade.  In some cases the fourth cut will be down as low as you need to go.

Mice and seedlings

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:16

Sprig2. Usually mice go after the seeds, whether above or below soil level.  Not denying that they may lke a bit of green stuff now and then.  Probably in his attempt to get the sweet pea  seed etc, the seeding was damaged and destroyed.

The general question regarding mice liking seeds.  Seed is their staple diet. last summer.  I entered my workshop.  Mice were falling from the shelves and everywhere.  Previously I had received an oredr of about forty to fifty pounds worth of wild bird seed an peanuts.  Not thinking.  I had left the sacks on the workshop floor.  The mouse population had a feast day.  Cleared the lot.

For anyone who keeps cage or aviary birds.  Always check the bird seed, for signs of mouse activity.  Contaminated  seed will kill your birds.  Also a ver strange thing.  Believe it or not.  Very few birds will eat spiders.  I lost some cage birds, in the birdroom.  No sign of mouse problems.  However I found when moving some cages.  Loads of spiders.  A bit of microscopy and I discovered that.  The urine or waste left by the spiders as they moved over the seed, actually poisoned the seed and the birds.  So my sad loss perhaps also explains why few birds eat spiders.






Mice and seedlings

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:55

Tracey.  Perhaps they are indian mice.  If not.  You have some, 'Real Hot Meesies

Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:46

Please see my recent post on lilies.

Stopping ants climbing cherry tree

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 00:17

Apply a grease band.

what to do with my HUGE laurel???

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 00:16

Hello my friend.

Looking at your picture.  Believe me.  I love plants trees and shrubs.  However I have to admit.  This giant is in the wrong place at the wrong time.  IMHO it is serving no purpose at all.  In fact it is totally destroying anything that your garden might otherwise offer you.  Sad to say.  If I were you. It has got to go.  Nothing more to be said.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 23:21

Well! quite a mixed bag of compost...sorry, comments.  In the past I have made do with whatever has been to hand.  Let's be honest.  Most of todays products are marketed to be attractive to the eye and have enticing slogans.  I've raised seeds and plants in basic leaf mould.  I had a friend, a fuchsia grower in Kent.  He used to get a local dairy farmer to drop a load of cow dung to his nursery.  That was all he would use.  I have tried Levingtons.  OK fo lime loving subjects.  OK.  I tried B&Q own composts.  Cheap yes.  Lots for your money and various special offers.  However I fond most, very dusty/dirty.  To explain.  I could imagine the various staff members of office cleaning firms.  At the end of their shifts.  Emptying the vacs into a big container.  That's it.  I have to admit.  I have never carried out any scientific tests analysis etc on any commercial composts.  I have experienced being choked by the dust given up by many ones such as B&Q. also somewhat dangerouse.  I have found many steel bristles from the sweepers, in the compost.  Many of these composts, I would have to add my own additions, so that at the end of the day.  I would be out of pocket.  The most reliable one that I have found and use for everything is.  J.Arthur Bowers general purpose compost.  From seed sowing to planting out, even for bulking up the garden soil.

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