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Yellow is the colour.......

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:51

Just as a passing thought.  Have YOU ever noticed how during the flowering season.  Individual colours all seem to have their respective 'day'?

Yellow is the colour.......

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:48

I love all colurs and all plants.  Perhaps our particular love for yellow in the garden, might be, because it tends to reflect in it's own way.  The rays of the sun.  Struggling out of long dark dismal winter days.  The reflectiveness of the celandines, the daffs and many more.  In a like manner to white, suggesting purity etc.  Perhaps, yellow suggests to us that the days are getting brighter etc.

New plant to Id please

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:39

Question from, 'A wise one'.

Why is it.  We all marvel at the abundance of wild flowers.  In this perspective, we class them a being great, collectible etc.  However.  Find one growing in your garden, and it's.  Donna & Blitzen.  A horrible weed!!!!!???????

Hello everyone

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:34

Mrs Garden.  Spot on


Phil.  What camera due use?

Mankind and trees

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:21

Yes, sadly  so many forest area have been destroyed across the world, for various reasons.  Most forest areas now cater for fast growing conifer types.  Here a quick profit can be made.  However as we have all seen.  Had only the trees been left, then perhaps the climate change may have been held back somewhat.


Dove.  Just for you.  I will attempt to recall something of the ancient woodlands.  Mind you.  I'm no journalist.  Times like this.  I wish I could have had a blog space on here.


Tricia 82.  Strange you mention the Hoopoe.  My eldest daughter lives in the New Forest.  Just acroos the channel from you.  She gets them in her garden at times.  Thank you for mentioning Patrick Leigh-Fermor.  I will try and track down his books.

Weed identification

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:05

Green Alkanet. Pentaglottis sempervirens.  Stems and leaves are covered with stif hairs, that can irritate the skin.  Fls. Flat blue five pets.  Borage  Borago officinalis.  The two are so often confused.  Borage has rich blue fls.  Pets, more pointed than Alkanet.  The centers really protrude giving what I call a dramatic challenging appearance.  Both seed freely and will take root anywhere.  Can be difficult to irradicate.  I have found that using a sharp dutch hoe or long bladed knife.  Slip the blade at an angle into the soil, cutting the rootsock.  Probably at some point fresh new growth will appear.  This is much easier to pull out.

looking for prunus!

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:45

Sorry friend.  Agricultural inport etc.  Might pose a problem.

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:42

I notice that from time to time someone asks about buying a pH soil testing kit..  Friends.  Honestly.  Don't waste your money.  Just returning to the classroom.  A tiny sample of soil is subjected to a litmus test.  Like or no like.  You get a result.  Fair do's if you are testing the soil from a single pot plant.  Take into account how you have treated this plant and of course its soil.  In fact.  You have been working with a very small amount of compost/soil.  Remember.  You have been giving it loads of TLC.  Now go out into the garden.  Starting with the veg patch. Test comes up OK.  Then the flower garden.  Same results.  Honestly.  I have no idea what all this has cost you.  Mike has to come clean.  Apart from many moons ago.  I never use soil testing as such.   I do pocess a pH meter.  One simply prods the probe into the soil, and the needle on the scale gives the answer.  My honest advice is.  OK.  Your favourite plant is showing signs of distress.  Research the subject, signs and symptoms.  Then treat accordingly.  As I recall having said before.  If you go by all the books say.  BH!  I hope you have a good bank account.

How you choose fertilizers ?

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:24

Firstly.  You need to identify what your soil is lacking.  Then when out to buy.  Check the contents, the values.  These are always listed as. N. P. K.  Nitrogen. Phosphate. Potasium.  If you haven't done a pH test.  Mind you.  In all honesty.  Here in England, we have a pretty fertile land.  If I were you.  Just plump for a basic general pick me up.

narrow hedging

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 22:06

Really a sad state of affairs, when you have difficult neighbours.  Of course you could suggest to your neighbour, that they have the legal right, to cut back any trespassing branch etc.  However they must returnthe cu-off to you.

A problem most encountered here is.  We always tend to plant far too close to the dividing line.  If possible.  Prior to planting.  Read up onthe possible height and spread of your subject.  Then plant accordingly.  Perhaps as a suggestion.  A laural hedge.  If left for a while.  Laurels will grow straight up.  Usually it is only after a long time or cutting back, that they will branch out.  Nauty thought by Mike.  From your side of the hedge.  You can do what you like.  At the same time, if left untouched.  You will look out upon a bright grren hedge.  Next door.  Should they take to cutting back.  Their view will be,  Well not that very attractive.  Perhaps I should change my name.  Mike, the cunning old fox!!!!

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Talk about daylight robbery!

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