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Toad spawn

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 17:21

When we had our pond excavated, chappy with the bulldozer asked me what fish I would be getting.  None, i said, it's for forgs and toads and newts.  He had a fit of hysterical giiggles at the idea of a mad English woman paying good money to have a pond for wild amphibians.   He still comes and does odd jobs for us.  The latest is the new shed base and he loves to know what the English ahev been up to.

Been so cold here the frogs and toads are only just getting into mating mode.  heaven knows what they'll think of a daft Labrador boouncing around the pond but at least he and Rasta see off the mallards that might eat the spawn..

Trees suitable for a private road

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 17:12

If you have acid or neutral soil you could try liquidambar which has golden foliage in spring, green through summer and then glorious reds and purmples in autumn.  It will get to over 12 metres high and about 8 metres wide but only after 25 years or so.

However, you could consider a native tree such a sorbus aka rowan or whitebeam.  They have creamy flowers in spring and then berries in autum and attractive foliage.  They will provide food and shelter for insects and birds.

Have a look at these - 

They all have an Award of Garden Merit form the RHS and none will get to more than 8 to 12 metres high.




EVIL Japanese Anemone

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 15:10

Thanks Rosie but I've tried several times with no success and don't want to kill off any more.

I can't hang my hanging baskets anymore.

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 15:08

And choose ones that don't get too big.  have alook at this site which lets you select clems by colour, flowering time, pruning group, eventual size and so on -


Pot growing Mahonia x media "charity"?

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 15:01

You can prune back after they've finished flowering but if you don't reallly like them and can place your pot against a sheltering wall, why not grow Winter Sweet instead.  It has pretty, perfumed flowers through winter so shoud be very good for any insects that are about -

Chelsea chop

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 14:52

I once spotted 4 species of bee on one sedum flower head so will be keeping all mine but they do benefit from a chop or they flop on my fertile soil.    I take the specatibles back quite short and cut the purpley one by a half.

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 11:04

My garden is right next to a site of special scientific and biological interest so there is a list of all the vertebrates and invertebrates and flroa to be found.   Most of the birds listed actually feed in my garden and many of the insects too and invertebrates live and feed here too.   No bats on the list though they also don't list all the birds I see.

The list was complied by th elocal eclology and conservation group so I might just join and get them to do another one from my garden instead of the boggy pasture and wood and scrub land next door.


Chelsea chop

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 10:55

Cheslea is a month away.  Plenty of time for plants to catch up and for gardeners to take stock of their local conditions.

Mahonia leaves turning brown

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 20:31

I had a 2 metre high and wide mahonia Charity which was cut back badly 2 winters ago.  All the foliage turned brown and I thought it was a complete goner.   I cut back all its stems to very low down witha view to digging it out once the spring bulbs around it had finished but it put out new shoots and is now a couple of feet high again.

Leave yours anoher month and then prune back to new foliage shoots.  Give it a  slow release fertiliser now, such as blood, fish and bone plus a liquid tonic of rose, tomato or seaweed to give it a boost.

Best method for a hedgerow in tarmac.

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 19:50

As long as he doesn't get a very cold winter.  Lost all my lonicera balls in just a minus _15C but with no snow to make a blanket.

Laurel has large leaves that look dreadful when trimmed witha machine as their edges go brown.  It can also get badly frosted and take ages to recover.

Privet is good and comes in gold and green forms.  Yew is great as long as there are no grazing animals nearby.   Trimmed foliage must be carefully swept up though. 

Escallonia is evergreen in mild winters and also has blossom in spring.   Pyracantha can be grown as a hedge plant and also has spring blossom and autumn berries but it does have thorns.

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