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Plant ID

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 20:28


So dig up in spring and divide??

Plant ID

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 19:29


Can anyone ID this beast in my dads new garden. It burst out this morning after the rain.

Also i want it in my garden ASAP, can i???

Paeonia Lactiflora Doreen

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 18:29

Hmmm. These are not good words, but thanks anyway.

I like flowers and lots of them......Ill stick to Dahlias and Roses.....

Paeonia Lactiflora Doreen

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:23

I put in a paeonie 1 month ago with 2 flower balls that opened nicely and a 3rd came to. there now on the way out and im going to dead head them today above the growing shoot down the stem. i can see them.

Will it flower again this year??????

Im used to Dahlias so many many flowers.

Bee's Nest

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 14:58


I have a bird box at my patio attached to a fence post in which Bee's have now set up home. It hasn't been a problem but they are now getting bigger and more aggressive.

I know they wont attack unless i threaten the hive but its getting a bit much now and as the area is quite small and as the number of bee's is increasing im getting concerned. They buzz me all the time and while i love the Bee's in the garden they do attack while im eating my eggs in the morning at the table. The hole is guarded by 3 beefy looking Bouncer Bee's, im sure their watching me....Please dont tell me not to kill them as theres no way id do that  or  im lucky to have them as i i know that to, but can i get them to Buzz Off naturally. id be happy to have the nest down the other end of the garden but not sure how to move it safely.


Pond Problems

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 19:21


Not sure if in right place but...

I carried out my usual spring maintenance 3-4 weeks ago, Removed & Serviced Filter and Pump, replaced UV, Cleaned sponges etc. Usually within 2-3 weeks my water is clear but this year still Pea Soup, so i decided to use Tetra Crystal Water, something i never need or want to use, not only because im eu-natural but im just to cynical to believe the hype; but needs must and of course it worked....for 1 week, now pea soup again....just what the guy in the shop said wouldn't happen.

My pond is around 5000l so getting small for the growing 5 x Koi and 2 x Gold all @ 4-6 inches long + 7 or so inch long babies that have appeared, not sure how as I'm sure the Koi wouldn't mate like that and the Golds are males and the babies are black and look like neither???? Oh Well the more the merrier....

The pump was running through winter and its been fine weather here so far this spring. The pond is under a tree but i do clear leaves and while it was clear i could see the bottom was pretty clean. I don't have a bottom drain.

The fish are happy and again feeding from the surface, although the Koi still don't seem to like me and chip off when I'm around, maybe its my face!!!

I'm due 3 x 5inch new Gold arrivals soon but not sure if i can take them with the new babies.

I have attached 2 photos, excuse the messy edges, scruffiness and low water level(( missing screws in pump UV..I think)) i want the water clear before i get the time to get the pond looking summer nice.

Pump is Oase 6000- Pump is Pond Expert 4500 so there all good quality and have been reliable for past 4 years.

I have posted this message on Pond Only forums but their always so serous and tell me that my fish are all going to die with in a week, i always get a more friendly and level headed response here....

All advice is good, as long as its good.....







Conservatory Plants

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 19:39


My mum has had a new conservatory built and i want to get her a large, fragrant colourful, easy maintain plant. Lots of green and lots of large flowers. i plan to buy quite mature and large in a large pot. I like a climber and they look good in a conservatory but she may think it will be to much hassle, we are Dahlia lovers.. The glazed walls are NW to SE along with the roof, the side walls are not glazed. I like the look of a Hoya!!

Any thoughts??


Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 12:02

 Any advise on splitting these 2 clumps up.

I want as many growable tubers to store and replant but these are just to tangled to get apart....They have been out 1 week


Over Wintering Dahlias

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 19:58


the first few came out Wednesday and i stored them today. the ones dug today will be stored mid week...

Over Wintering Dahlias

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 15:51
My god.....theses things are huge.
I've dug out 3 cactus types so far and there massive, must be 20 tubers on each all from 1 or 2 planted 2 years ago. I hope I'm doing the right thing???? I want to split these so I get double next year but I'm not sure if I'm going to do them all now as there so big. Iv cleaned off as much earth as I can but it's impossible to get it all off. So far with the small er iv put them into plastic trays with larg gaps lined with paper, dusted with yellow sulphur and covered with decent compost, the remainder small stems sticking out. Not sure what I'm going to keep these 3 in there so big or if I'm going to dig up any more as they all did alright left in last year.
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Plant ID

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Shall I??

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