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my japanese garden

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 08:29

Beautiful Denise. What plants do you have in it?

Akebia quinata not flowering

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 08:26

I planted an Akebia quinata 2 years ago on an east facing wall. It romped away pretty quickly and still seems very content.

However, as yet, although I've had lots of leaves and it's climbing rapidly, I've not had one flower.

Does it take a while to flower? Does it need a particular feed? I fed it poultry manure in early spring and been feeding it rose fertiliser every couple of weeks since.

Harlequin ladybirds

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 06:25

Thanks Obelixx. They've all been vacuumed up, though I'm sure there's likely to be a lot more where they came from. Will just need to be vigilant this year 

Harlequin ladybirds

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 10:41

I woke up last Sunday to an minor infestation of ladybirds in my bedroom window (12). Normally this wouldn't bother me, but on inspection I thought they might be Harlequins. Now I know they are as this morning there's a couple of the classic black ones. I also checked out and filled in the survey on http://www.harlequin-survey.org/default.htm

As a gardener with wildlife to the forefront of my mind, these, and grey squirrels create a dilemma for me (and slugs, but that's a whole other story). I know they're aliens and invasive, but so are lots of plants we've all come to love, grow from seed, propagate, or buy over the years.

Who amongst us can put our hands up to having a truly native garden?

Recent surveys say that birds and insects still thrive on alien plants. These ladybirds will still eat aphids.

Isn't it that we still plant and not concrete over that's the important thing?


Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:57

So is he filed under G or C ?  Good point to remember. No mice, healthy pea seeds!

Pansies all wilting :-(

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:50

It's more important to give plants in pots a BIG drink say once or twice a week than a small amount daily. If it's really hot then a big drink daily might be required. As Caral says time of day is important, you can actually cause more damage watering in the heat of the day, especially if you water the leaves rather than the soil as it can cause scorching.

They'll benefit more from a watering early morning, or I think, even better in the evening so they've got all night to soak it up. Hmm hadn't thought about slugs, though apart from Hostas I can't say my pot plants really suffer from them


Plum tree

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:16

To be honest Bergerac the amount of wonderful blossom in those photos who cares if it has fruit, it's amazing anyway!

Best feed/product

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:10

I made nettle fertiliser last year which I left "cooking" over the winter. The problem was  the smell was really awful, and I mean really awful  Not sure I'd try it again

Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:57

A dog is a valid option. When we had a dog no cats came anywhere near the garden. EXCEPT you have to clean up dog poo yourself. Cats are at least cleaner. I think adding a bit of washing up liquid to the water sounds a good idea Keith

Plum tree

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:58

How old is it? Thy are notoriously erratic in early years and can take up to 10 yrs to provide any meaningful crop. I have a Damson in its 5th year. It didn't flower for the first 3 yrs. This is the first year I've had lots of fruit - I got 2 last year. 

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