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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 13:18

Woke up to a few inches of snow and it's still falling so no gardening for a few days I reckon.

Seeds are ordered so not allowed to browse anymore catalogues.  Maybe some long overdue photo sorting.

Bird feeding

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 13:15

Try commercial mixed seeds.  The content varies from season to season so for winter there will be some peanuts, sunflower seeds and others in various sizes to suit different birds.  In late spring you need to switch to one with no whole peanuts as these can choke baby birds. 

I feed our garden birds all year round and now have loads of regular visitors but it took the first ones ages to realise that fat balls and peanut hangers were food as they'd never been fed before - ex farmhouse surrounded by fields.  In a suburban setting, you will have competition from feeders in other gardens so need to be patient.

How long does garden screening last?

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 12:00

Lots of wind and rain here so a split bamboo screen I put up as a windbreak lasted only two seasons and looked dreadful as bits rotted, broke or fell off.  

Gave up for a while but lost too many plants to bitter winter winds so I have now used rolls of green, nylon windbreak fabric which is much more effective, won't rot and does a great job as long as it's well attached so there's no flapping and tearing which I've seen on someone else's boundary nearby.   

It has helped the plants no end, including the shrubs originally planted as wind breakers.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 16:54

Hope you ankle is OK now Mg.

Snow changed to drizzle, then rain, then sleet and finally hail with a thunderstorm.  I got caught in that while at the supermarket and got hail down my neck.  Yuk!    Set to freeze next so maybe some trellis panel transplanting tomorrow but no gardening.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:26

Snow here too but wet and not sticking.  Hibernating sort of day.

No good asking nicely...

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:24

I suspect a water scarecrow might work on herons.  Bit easier and less unsightly than netting.

Herons are resident along the local streams here and often to be seen hunting along the one that borders our paddock.  In winter we get Great Egrets too so there's an odd territorial clash but generally there's enough space for them all and they like fossicking in the fields as well as the streams.

They don't investigate our pond anymore as it has no fish.  Built for drainage and home now to frogs, toads and newts but we have a Wheaten terrier who is a demon huntress and chases anything that moves so herons stay away now.  The Lab now gives chase too but they never catch anything.

Plant labels

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 22:11

A gardening friend is experimenting with roof slates which she gets her husband to cut into suitable strips and then she uses some sort of white marker to write the names of plants.   Pretty indestructible by all accounts.  i'll ask her how the writing is doing next time I see her.   Might try it myself.

I think I've fallen in love

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 22:02

Dove - I have alkaline loam on a clay subsoil and hellebores do well so you'd just need to beef up the soil with lots of organic matter to keep them happy.

I think I've fallen in love

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 16:57

Hello Dove.  My friends tell me the new hellebores have been flowering constantly since bough on 15/12 and planted out the following day.   They've left them whole so they can get established in their new home but may divide in a year or two.

They have acid clay soil which Jon mulches every year with his own garden compost plus a truck load bought in from the local council every November.   We've had a mild winter so far but temps down to -15C are normal for them and good rainfall most of the year though we had a long dry spell last year which cost them several trees and shrubs.

They belong to the Belgian Yellow Book scheme.

http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/150421%20Ginny%20and%20Jon?sort=2&page=1 last April.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 11:52

RM - my Sceptr'd Isle has a great perfume.  Not as strong as GJ but still good and the flowers are lovely and some still going since we've had such a mild winter.

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