philippa smith2

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Who's poo?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 19:17

Hedgehog faeces I would think

Create a garden screen

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 16:07

Nigra is less invasive than some - tends to have thinner growth but still attractive.

There are several threads on the forum which discuss Bamboos, recommendations, do's and dont's, etc.  Might pay you to browse thru them before you actually decide.

First cuckoo?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 16:02

Lucky people !!

Used to get them regularly in SW UK some 15 years ago.  Also in France ( midi Pyrennees ) regular visitors whilst I was there during the 2000's. Even there tho, their numbers were dropping every year.

Sadly never heard one since.

What is this plant?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 15:50

Is there more than one type ?  I've always known it as Dog's Tooth Violet - E. dens canis tho I seem to recall Trout Lilly somewhere along the line.

Hope you have more success than me - every blasted time it produces a flower stem, the slugs have a go at it.  To add insult to injury, they allow the flower stem to grow and just as I gloat over the possibility - bang - the stem is munched


Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:35

I don't think I'd go to the trouble of buying grapes for them but they enjoy the leftovers on my vine. You have to draw the line somewhere and it isn't particularly wise to have them reliant on an easy food source.

They are usually happy enough with Ivy berries, and all the fruit thru the summer. I,m not aware of any decline in this bird which would necessitate particular feeding. 

However nice it is to feed your "special" friends, you need to also let nature take its course.

Troublesome reeds

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:22

Pretty sure that the photo shows a Bamboo - not sure which one but it isn't a reed.

The only realistic way to remove the whole plant would be a mini digger or a lot of hard digging.  Some of the bamboo species can be very invasive/spreading and the years of neglect you mention means it has run riot.

A good soaking all the way around and gradually try and lift it - sorry


Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:15

Kale "Black Tuscany" is also an excellent variety.  

Growing Herbs

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 19:10

You only need to prune the Rosemary, Sage and Thyme as such - they are shrubs and need to be kept trimmed to benefit their growth. It pays to take cuttings every couple of years as all 3 can become woody. The others you mention, apart from the Oregano, tend to be annuals in the UK so you grow and use and then sow again for next season. Constant snipping for use in the kitchen can take its toll - sometimes a good idea to sow successionally for the longest period of harvest.

Chilli plants don't require pruning but they do require a long season to produce their fruit successfully.

What tree is this?

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 18:59

Definitely a Banana - Musa basjoo tend to be the hardiest in the UK - lucky you

What am I?

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 19:11

Thank god for wasn't my imagination then 

Actually, I've found they can be funny buggers - in a former garden, mine enjoyed the sun - in my neighbour's garden, they flower profusely in semi shade.

Nowt so queer as plants

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