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Massive grass snake

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:50

I saw a grass snake today, it was had a line of inquisitive sparrows hopping behind it!  It slithered in to the bushes with them hopping behind.  I don't know if they were seeing it off or were just being nosey.

A few days ago I saw a number of swallows sat on a fence line, they took it in turns to fly at a jackdaw that was watching them from a nearby.

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:41

Right then, I think plan B is to take up Dove's suggestion of contacting the RHS.  I notice that at Hampton Court next week there will be an RHS stand with gardening advice for their members from the science team.  

Do we know anyone that will be attending, that is a member, that could take up our cause?!

http://www.rhs.org.uk/science/meet-the-team

 

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:04

I had a quick Google but couldn't find an answer.  Really want to know the answer now!

Moving a Yew

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 21:28

Yep Nutcutlet, absolutely, I am now sporting a plaster on my left index finger.........  the hedge looks great 'though!

Moving a Yew

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:33

Yay!  I needed some moral support to get on and do it, I have been wobbling about trimming them for a few weeks now.  On my way now with a glass of wine and some secateurs 

Moving a Yew

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 18:12

A follow up on the yew hedges.  I planted them last year and I am now itching to cut the tops off to make them the same size as the existing hedge.  Can I do it now or will it slow the side growth I need for it to fill out?


 

 

 

 

Dusty white deposit on penstemon flowers

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 17:56

I have the same problem, I grew these from seed I bought in the UK.  Really interested to know what it is as I too don't think it is mildew.

 


 

 

Shrub identification please

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 18:07

I confess to trying to murder whatever this is last winter, last year the poor growth it gave off was covered in mildew so I chopped it right back.  I then thought the base of it was dead so actually hacked at it with a hand axe in February but couldn't get the dratted thing out.

It rewarded me for doing this by actually looking quite healthy.  Before I decide to go all Texas Chainsaw Massacre on it again, can anyone identify it?  It may get a reprieve if it will be pretty.....

 


 


 

 

 

Cows in garden

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:43

Electric fencing would keep them away from the wall it could be put just below the wall on the cow's side so you don't have to see it.  

What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 20:34

As a beginner gardener my lesson has been "just chuck the seeds in the bed and be done with the faffing". This winter I lovingly attempted to nurture verbena bonaris seeds.  I managed to plant out 8 of the seedlings which keep being nibbled.  They haven't really taken off.

I had some seeds left over so about a month ago I thought what the hey, I'll just scatter then in the bed next to the seedlings.  These produced many more plantlets that look stronger than mine and are catching up!

 

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