philippa smith2

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Worried about dug up plants

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 16:55

Dogwood is already sprouting - Solomens Seal is still dormant..depends on your ferns and where you are whether they will just be showing tips.

If you dig up and place in pots or plastic bags, a week shouldn't be a problem. Not sure about Fox tail lillies - have an idea they are not too keen on being moved. Depends on size of plant tho

All in all, if you have to move them, they will do or won't - take it as a lesson learned - it is how must gardener's learn

Resurrected Eight

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 15:57

Yes......just how do you DO Spring Onions ?  I used to get them up alright but the last few years are rubbish.

Hints, advice ?  It's really beginning to annoy me

Moving plants when I move

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 15:47

To cut down on weight and size in a removal truck, most plants will survive in old compost sacks for a surprisingly long time. For smaller stuff and rooted cuttings, poly bags will suffice ( within a reasonable time scale of course ).

Treasured pots can be cleaned and stacked and moved as "furniture" without the angst of worrying about your plants.

I have moved house ( and garden ! ) more times than I can count - in UK and Europe - and find this to be the best method. 

Much depends on the distance you are moving, whether you can transport some of the plants yourself, time of year, etc.but don't be put off - most plants will keen enough to survive even if you have to treat them a little harshly for a while

Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:55

Thanks for letting me know Copperdog - hope they both have a lovely day

That's it for this year - all tickets except 1 ( which I think is now spoken for ) have gone - I'd like to say thanks to those of you making use of them - am so pleased they have gone to good homes

Chickweed growing between patio slabs

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:39

Maybe it is that little Oxalis thingy? That has roots which travel ( for miles it would seem ) whereas both  chickweed and hairy bittercress are usually easy to pull up.  Both the latter seed like mad I know but don't travel so much on the "underground" so to speak.

The other one I can think of is that tiny vetch - can't think of the correct name but loves similar conditions 

Little worms in water butt!

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 18:23

Bit puzzled as to how cats or dogs can access water butts ?  All come with with lids so there is only the inlet which you would usually affix a little "grid" to ( to avoid debris washing down from your roof into the butt ) and an outlet for the tap.

Insects can gain access but surely not much else ?

Help! Algae...

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 17:20

I'd agree with the above.  If your slabs are open to the sun for the majority of the year, a pressure wash should do the trick on an annual basis.

Slabs which are sheltered from the effects of the sun in the most part generally benefit from washing more often.

As Pete says, decking will attract the same sort of slippery surface as your slabs over time.

What is this we have all over our garden?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 17:07

Look a bit like Squills ( Muscari ) -depending where you are, they are just now beginning to produce short but dense heads of blue flowers.  Spread like mad.

First butterfly of the year!

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 17:00

Bees ( bumble and honey) been around for a couple of weeks but 1st Butterfly yesterday - a Tortoiseshell I think but too quick to ID for sure.

Is this fair?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 16:14

Does the owner of the chocolate bar know your weakness Verdun ?  

If not, surely a sea gull or similar could have swooped and taken it just as easily ?

If they do know you well.......bit sticky..........overcome by a devil/alien or similar and you have no recollection whatsoever.  Best remember to wipe off any incriminating smears before you try that one tho

Your predicament made me laugh tho

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