Moonlit Hare

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Rose "cutting"

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 09:37

Well I checked the cutting last night when I got home and you're right, the wee thing has croaked it!

Joslow, no there weren't any flowers.

We're going on another ramraid this weekend! I might be nearly 40 but we can still lead each other astray and be a bit naughty! The bush is right next to the path so yes you're right there is lots and lots of over acting and hamming up of smelling the pretty flowers!  Hope this one takes!

My dream garden

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 14:01

I can only just remember that summer I hadn't started school but I can remember bizillions on ladybirds they where everywhere, we went on holiday to north wales and even the beach was covered in them!

They are at it again - more flipping bird food....

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:45

we've about 5 or 6 nests around the garden, I love watching them they're so cheeky!

we obviously have some which have just fledged over the last day or so, I was watering my pots, yep I know hard to believe with all this rain but they are quite sheltered and there was a baby hiding behind the pot from me hoping I wouldn't see her. She tied flying off but couldn't quite get off the ground. I was a bit worried about the local cat mafia which seems to try and use my garden as a deli so we kept an eye on her from the conservatory she was fine she just needed some space to get a bit of lift. Needless to say she was back with all her siblings to ramraid the seed!

Small tree - any ideas please?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:34

if you want something small and unusual we've got a lovely corkscrew hazel which doesn't take up much room and also give a few nuts come september.....


Rose "cutting"

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:32

I'm hoping one of you can help out on this one please?

My cousin is in a hospice and when I visited the other week we wandered past the most beautiful rose. It's a climber and although I don't know the varity  it reminds me of one we had at our Grans house which was called Alexandra, what I would call old fashioned and with the most beautiful scent.

Anyway he very kindly liberated a cutting for me, working on the theory I would get in trouble but he wouldn't.

I took it home an stuck it in some water, which has worked previously for me, nothing fancy pants just in water and roots start sprouting.

Anyway, the cutting foxed me, it flopped over and looked very sorry for it's self. To try and save the day a bit I decided to stick it in some potting comport, this seem to work every time for his mum!

It's still a floppy plant! do I just need to be patient or it it nearly curtains for the cutting? at the moment it's clearly still alive, the leaves are still a healthy green it's just the stem which isn't too happy

Thanks for your help

Ants in a Herb Garden

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 22:19
Mint. I asked about companion planting and someone suggested mint. It seems to be working

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 09:46

My Peonies are all pretty much done and dusted now. I have a large one in the front garden which we inherited when we moved back in March, it flowered beautifully. We also have 2 small ones in the back garden which I "liberated" from my Grans garden! The 2 in the back havent really done much but thats fair enough because I know they sulk so I've kind of given up on them for this year. However all 3 are looking very sulky and tierd now, I don't thing the rain has helped ( I'm in Lancs)

So the question is now do I cut back all 3 so they can concentrate on getting their roots big and strong for next year? do I just let them die back and tidy up when they are all brown and shrivelled?

Also the one in the front which flowered has gone to seed, can I collect them and try growing new plants for next year? I've only ever had plants we've split before and I've always kind of let them do their own thing, however I'm planning on being in this house a bit longer than the last 3 so want to make sure my plants are happy and healthy. I've had gardens before but never really had the time or the inclination to garden in a structured way and plan out what I would like where from season to season.

Thanks in advance for your help, you've never failed me so far and it is appreciated.

scaredy cat plant, does it work

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 09:25

The water pistols do work, the super soakers are best. I remember one day in my old house having a mexican stand off with one of next doors cats. I opened the door, we looked at each other and the music to high noon was playing in my head. as soon as I reached for the water pistol and tiddles caught sight he hot footed it back home. I then started leaving it out in the back garden on gaurd when we where at work, the only thing is you need to make sure it's always loaded so you dont have to faff and waste time.... spead is of the essence!

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 13:31

We have a rule.... all birds fed equally and whilst it's a bit upsetting when ours takes out a smaller bird as you say they've got to eat too. I find it totally acceptable for the sparrowhawk to use our garden as a pantry, and I live in the hope that one day she might end up scrapping with next doors cats who take the birds for fun and just play with them.

the much beloveds dad moves his feeders around quite a bit in the hope that the sparrowhawk he has visiting gets a bit confused and never can assume the same flight path through the garden. it doesn't work completely but it has reduced the casualties.

Can you help me identify this flowering shrub?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 17:04

Def Mock Orange, We had some down the back when I was little.... oddly both Mum and Gran where very superstisions about bringing it indoors...... I think grandad went along with it because he liked his flowers outside growing, but everytime I smell it I get a big grin on my face and I'm transported back to the age of 4!

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