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Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:07

I will let you know!


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:01

It sounds like they are fine. They are much tougher than people imagine and an unheated greenhouse is perfect. Last year the ones I kept like this flowered really early. I divide them when they outgrow the pots and they all survive, as do the pieces I cut off.


Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:37

Thank you for all your suggestions. I think contacting local wildlife groups sounds like a good idea and possibly trying to intercept females before they reach the pond. I will certainly give it a try.

We made the pond more than 20 years ago and the wildlife just arrived. At first we had frogs, toads and newts but newts eat frogspawn so the frogs now go somewhere else. Generally speaking, it gives us a great deal of pleasure, but I do feel sorry for those poor toads - gang rape followed by murder - who needs EastEnders?


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 15:35

I have a small garden pond. Every spring, toads come to spawn in it, but rather than a happy sign of good things to come, it is soon  a scene of carnage. For every female toad there are many males - I counted forty males and three females one year - and the poor things are mobbed and drowned. Most do not even spawn. I have to fish out the bodies before they poison the water. Is there anything that can be done to improve this situation?

Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 07:41

I would buy the cheaper, toughest ones first - they are all beautiful - and see how well you can manage them on your soil. Mine self seed all over the place but I have slightly alkaline soil. I do find that plants make their own decisions, without regard to the gardening books so with a bit of luck, you will get a fine display. Try to plant them where, at some point in the day, the sun shines behind and through them - gorgeous!

Raised bed with clay soil

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 10:11

I feel pretty sure that if it is a raised bed and you add lots of good stuff it will be fine. When I started trying to improve my clay soil I dug out and turned over and exposed to frost and all the rest. It nearly killed me. On later projects I just broke up the subsoil so that it wouldn't form a 'pan' and dug in every bit of compost, grit and manure that I could get my hands on. You wouldn't be able to tell the difference, now, but it took a fraction of time and pain.

What flowers in February?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 10:13

I forgot cornus! There is one with masses of tiny yellow flowers just now - beautiful. My witch hazels are past their best by mid Feb.  so have a look locally if you fancy one of those. They are lovely and trouble free if they like the site.

What flowers in February?

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 21:20

I am sorry to hear that you lost your mum and have been feeling so low since. If you have a small space to plant up a Daphne aureomarginata has a wonderful scent and pink flowers and looks good with snowdrops underneath. In a larger area, Lenten roses tough out the worst weather and promise better times to come. Winter honeysuckle or box are pale and understated but mahonia makes a bright sunny splash of colour. As you begin to recover your spirits, your new plants will help you to remember your mum with pleasure, rather than grief.

Raised bed with clay soil

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 20:58

You can take out some of the clay but be careful not to create a sump. I think the most important thing is to break up the surface of the clay base with your fork. You will find that no matter how much mulch you pile on, it soon settles down to the original level and you will be tipping on more. I don't know where it all goes, but it does.

Raised bed with clay soil

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 22:03

It really is worth adding grit. Test your pH before you plant roses: everyone says roses love clay but they will struggle if the soil is very alkaline and die if the roots are in water all winter. Lavender won't appreciate wet roots, either. However, there are lots of plants that will enjoy your raised bed. 

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