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Latest posts by Pipstrelle

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 09:34

Nutcutlet your roost sounds like a significant maternity roost, you lucky thing! 

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 09:33

I just wanted to add that if you don't already,  it's really helpful to let your local biological records office have any bat (or any other) records you have collected, so that they can be aware if any future planning applications come in, and most of all so populations can be monitored. 


Chelsea chop

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 09:23

Hi there,

I'm also in the West Midlands. I've just been reading this in Matthew Wilson's book. The plants must be about half to two thirds their eventual size with no flower buds and he recommends not doing it if plants are stressed due to lack of water. He talks about taking into account the climate and the kind of spring and winter we've had. HTH. 

Pot growing Mahonia x media "charity"?

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 00:57


I have a fairly small garden and my main objective is to make it as bee and wildlife friendly as possible. I know that Mahonias are great sources of early nectar for bees and would love to grow one for that reason alone (not actually a huge lover of it otherwise, though the scent and evergreen structure are valuable ). However due to lack of a suitable space for it I was wondering whether it might be possible to grow one in a large pot.

I know that they don't really need pruning but would pruning actually harm it and when/how would I prune? Thanks! 

Internet purchasing

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 12:37

Internet purchasing

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 19:52
Some of the very best independent, dedicated and specialist nurseries are brilliant and need support, via catalogue or Internet purchases. I agree that crocus are great: they regularly supply gold medal-winning flower show designers. There are lots of others, too. Local independent nurseries can be well worth it, and you know that their plants are well adapted to local growing conditions.

Talkback: How to make a slate planter

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 00:40
But how many people have an angle grinder?!

Talkback: How to make a hedgehog house

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 00:32
Beetles, even. Darned predictive text.

Talkback: How to make a hedgehog house

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 00:31
Hedgehogs are not pets and chances are if you don't have them then it's because they are not able to survive there. Or, as is often the case, you just haven't seen them yet. Google hedgehog dropping to see if you have any in your area/visiting your garden. About the size and width of a cigarette butt, black or dark brown with shiny bits from Beatles, snail shells etc. avoid using slug pellets and provide water/food and lots of cover.

Talkback: How to make a bubbling urn water feature

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 00:17
One end of hose is attached to pump, the other slots into the urn. I assume the flex means that the pump is mains powered.

Discussions started by Pipstrelle

Making your own hoops for netting

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When to move a rambling rose?

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Spindly Brussels sprout seedlings

Has something gone wrong? 
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Too early to chit?

Whether to start chatting now or wait 
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Non flowering Geranium pratense

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Advice on Weeping Willow, please

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Pot growing Mahonia x media "charity"?

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Using vine eyes on pebbledash?

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