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Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:11

ITs certainly the wettest winter that I've known. But since its such a mild winter (2nd of Feb and no lasting ice!) maybe we'll be getting that early spring? I sure hope so!

Where will I put them all?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:08

Yikes, glad I saw this thread. Was tempted to buy a purple berry shrub from them (and get 2 others free in the process). Now I know its quanity over quality. Thankfully never ordered shrubs from them.

Thanks for the heads up guys

Creeping buttercups..

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 00:44

Thanks Clarington, I'll keep an eye out ^_^

Creeping buttercups..

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 13:52

Thanks for the advice people! Never thought to use a weedkiller. I will definatly follow your advice

Clarington can you link me this product if possible? I would like to check if its okay to use with pets (I have 2 cats).

Speaking of the rain, my lawn may not be a pool but its certainly boggy :S I do hope we get an early spring with this very wet winter.

Creeping buttercups..

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 00:04

The bleeders have spread across half of our small lawn, and pulling each one up seems to be a never ending battle. Plus if I miss part of it it could still come back right? What should I do? I've heard people say to dig affected parts of the lawn up, but doing this before Spring will result in an ugly patchy lawn.

Even if I am to do that do I just buy grass seed? Help ^_^;

Fellow hayfever sufferers

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 01:04

This may come across as a barmy question, but do any of you work in a florist? I wanted to work in one but feared getting symptoms of hayfever in work. True the wind is the carrier of pollen, but with a small room stuffed with flowers doesn't exacly sound better. Would tablets really help?

Working in a garden centre sounds better because of the room, but I have no car and I've yet to see one local enough that has a bus running by it..

I suffer from the allergy, but I only get it in Summer really. I'm not sure at all if its just grass pollen or/and flower pollen. I'm pretty sure whenever the lawn is cut or a lawn I suffer a bit, but then again how do I know its not fallen flower pollen?

I heard from a chemist  I can go see a doctor to see if I suffer from one or both pollens. But I really don't want to do that. I could wait till spring and stick my nose in the first tulip to come up (had to laugh at that myself). But then how do I test grass? Stick around when lawn is cut?

^ Sorry for the rant there after the topic qustion. Felt good to get it off my chest though.

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 00:54
fidgetbones wrote (see)

I wish all cat owners would train their cats to use a litter tray. That way I wouldn't get a handful of something nasty hidden in the soil when I'm weeding and planting. ...and please put a bell around darling kitty's neck to save the bird population from carnage.

At least with a Fox it's obvious and you can use a trowel to scoop and remove.

Cats can sneak up on birds even with a bell. Also whilst not the majority, some cats don't like bells. Cats hearing is much keener than ours and having a constant ringing whenever you move doesn't seem very nice. Still it all depends on the cat

I can imagine your frustration. My grandparents lived in a bungalow with other cats about, and the odd one or two made visits. Its in their nature and the owner can't stop them. A dog yes, but a cat does what it wants and there's only so much an owner can disipline them on. Of course you could always invest in a sprinkler system

I have two cats of my own and I love to garden. My cats poop in ours but I accept it. Although my female cat has a habit of peeing in pots.. o_O

Anyway, see if you  can spot the pooper in action to see if it is a cat. As people have said they usually do it in loose soil and not the grass. Wish you luck though ^_^

Closeness of two shrubs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 19:54
landgirl100 wrote (see)

Male plants are often just called, for example, G. mucronata male, or mascular is sometimes used. Several nurseries offer them.

Thank you! I already found one place that sells them online. I think my initial plan is to have the male in the front garden and pollinate the female with a brush filled with pollen from the male.

Closeness of two shrubs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 00:45
landgirl100 wrote (see)

If it has berries it must be female. You would need a male plant to pollinate it next year. Gaultheria are normally dioecious (single sex).

I see.. First off how do I buy the male plant? Is it called anything different? Know any sites that sell it? Secondly, they have to be next to each other right?

I will put the Gaultheria in that spot alone then

Closeness of two shrubs

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 19:06

Oh, sorry Nutcutlet! I didn't mean 2 foot deep, I ment 2 foot width and 4 foot length. My bad for that.

@landgirl What is that true? I brought mine from the garden centre (with berries on) having no thought to that. Does this mean I need to get another or no berries next year? How on earth do you even know the sex of these? @_@

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