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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Will anything benefit from these old pipes?

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 16:01

I was going to say Grass Snakes if you provide a warm environment, but if you get Pine Martens then maybe you're too far north?

I like the burnt wood sculpture btw

Plants for wildlife

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 15:51

If they're new plants presumably they won't yet have many flowers on them? They'll make - pardon the pun - a beeline for the plants with plenty. While I haven't seen many butterflies I have had lots of bees on well established plants. Ceanothus and poppies last month provided the main bee bistro. This month it's Geranium Johnson's Blue and Escallonia that are proving irrestible. All these are well established plants with an abundance of flowers. The exception is a newly plantd Knautia with half a dozen flowers on. Poor thing must be exhausted by now as the bees have been virtually queueing up. Be patient. If you plant them, they will come 

Talkback: How to lift and divide hostas

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 15:38

I'd generally divide in early Spring, but as Janeys says you don't have to be precious with them. I accidently pulled a small clump of leaves off one in May so I shoved it them in a pot with a sprinkling of bonemeal. The outer 2 leaves died off but the rest of the clump rooted very quickly.

My Garlic look more like shallots

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 15:32

I grow mine in pots these days as I never had much success growing them in the ground. They are hungry plants, but having dug a couple out yesterday that were suffering a bit, well they're ok but as one of them is Elephant Garlic let's just say it won't be killing anyone of it decides to stampede. 

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 11:51

Thanks for the link Gary, the website looks good. I've bookmarked it so I can browse on a rainy day.. oh like now!

No flowers on Clematis.

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 11:44

I bought a Niobe from Morrisons some years ago. When it flowered it was pale pink. Very nice but not what I was hoping for Yours looks lovely especially with the rain on it

Is it ever going to STOP!!!!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 11:11

My flower borders are looking great, and so are the fruit bushes and cordons (hoping for some sun now to ripen them), but my veg beds are very mixed. I too have good broad beans and parsnips are coming on well. Lettuces are nowhere to be seen as are peas, climbing beans rubbish. Wondering what the taters will be like as the top growth is very lush. The onions though look better than they've ever done. I was just wondering when I should bend over the tops and lo the following day the wind had done it for me!

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 10:56

Pavery you can watch all the series on iPlayer. I play iPlayer through my TV via broadband, so if I'm out gardening I can catch up on GW and Beechgrove - I was going to say on a rainy day, but there are more rainy days than programmes . I agree 1 x 30 minute programme for a few weeks a year is not exactly catering for all. Bev you're right, we are our own worst enemies as we're generally out gardening. Thank goodness for iPlayer. I agree about a separate channel though. Do people really collect antiques more than they garden?

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 00:01

I've just ranted about this in reply to another question, but will say once again that NOT EVERYONE LIKES SPORT! and I personally am SO SO SICK of switching on the TV only to find it's football YET AGAIN! What gets me is there are loads of daily programmes about house buying - in town, in the countryside, in another country - what next Off Planet? . Yet we get one measly programme about gardening. I'd like to see some figures about the economic benefits to the country from gardening. Garden centres, nurseries, gardening shows, public and private gardens, on-line shopping, TV shopping, even supermarkets. Is Alan on ITV at the moment? I'll see if I can get that on iPlayer then

GW Presenters

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 23:47

I don't particularly care who presents it as long as they are knowledgeable and enthusiastic - I like Carol for both these reasons. I'm more upset that GW always has to take back seat to B**** sport! For goodness sakes the telly is currently monopolised by football, and Monty announced last night that GW won't be on for 4 WEEKS! It's B**** summer! We don't get any garden programmes in winter or autumn! It's a never ending turnover of football, rugby, tennis, athletics, and whenever they're on - despite being on every other channel, they always take off GW. To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen 57 channels and nothing on gardening.  Touch GQT and I'll be round the BBC, pruning shears in hand! Do I sound upset?

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