quercus_rubur


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My dream garden

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 08:44

I agree about winter and snow. I know it caused problems round most of the country, but I did so love the really heavy snow we had last year. Apart from the fact I had 3 days off cos I couldn't get to work, it was so lovely tramping through 3 feet of snow and yes flobear the garden looked magical - even the shed!

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 08:33

That last point about different channels is an important one I think. There's a lot of discussion about the fact that there aren't enough young people turning to gardening. There's a challenge for the BBC. Make something for BBC3 that would encourage young people. My serious interest in gardening started when I was 23 so it can be done!

My dream garden

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 10:55
FloBear wrote (see)

That sounds like 1976 ;- )

I remember that one! Didn't it last 2 years 75 & 76? I do love the sun, but for me ideal summer would be rain between 2 am and 5am, 18 -25 degrees and blue sky with a few fluffy clouds all day. Smog all day urrghh that would be awful. Another reason why plants and trees should be a compulsory part of any town and city planning

Dead Privot hedge

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 10:28

Here's an RHS link on Honey Fungus http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=180. Of course it's not necessarily this or any other virus, there are physical reasons why it could be happening. Have you planted anything near which might have damaged the roots, or chopped through them while planting? Is there a dry/very wet patch? Could it have been poisoned by you or a neighbour killing something off and being enthusiastic with the poison? However, Privet once established is pretty tough stuff. I hacked a piece of mine quite severely a few weeks ago and it's happily growing back, so some sort of virus is worth looking at.

sedum roof for a small shed

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 22:12

Sedum is dry-tolerant so it wouldn't want any water retention mat, but from the website  it looks to me like it comes complete with growing medium. There's also a video and files to download to help you

July in the garden!!

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 22:00

Inkadog you must send photos when you've done it and tell us how you did it. I'd like one on my brick shed but it's fairly shady so would have to be ferns, hostas etc. and it would be a great addition for the queueing sparrows


 

 

Dead Privot hedge

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 21:45

If you can dig it out - it will go brittle quickly so you should be able to - and if it hasn't got anything nasty like Honey Fungus, I'd be tempted to put in something like Hawthorn and Blackthorn. A mixed hedge would be better for wildlife

Nettles for Butterflies

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 21:33

Well some people say they are but according to the Butterfly Conservation they say Stinging nettles http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/downloads/48/gardening.html

I grow a couple of patches of the horrible, stinging ones simply because they were there when I moved in so I just keep them under control. One patch is at the back of a shrub and the other at the side of a compost bin so they don't really bother me.

grass cutting and bees

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 21:23

How wonderful Geraldine to have room to keep bees.I have grass in my front garden - which gets narrower each year as I widen the flower border. I leave it long enough for the clover and daisies to grow. However,down the other side of my path is a strip owned by the council. Inspired by Sarah Raven's plants for pollinators programmes I've asked the council if I can sow suitable seeds in it. Still waiting to hear back, but if they don't reply maybe the odd open seed packet might fall out of my pocket. Must get that hole sown up some time! 

Does anyone else find it difficult to find British honey in the shops? I refuse to buy honey from far-flung sources

Speed gardening

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:48

I'm hoping for a sunny day tomorrow to pick the blackcurrants. Mine too have cropped abundantly and much bigger than they've been previously.

There again there's always that pig

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