Latest posts by SFord

Feeding birds.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 15:52

I have bought cheap ones before in a sealed tub.  When I opened them they were very crumbly but I put them out (without nets).  Birds refused to eat them!

I now give them either suet pellets which they love (but aren't cheap) or the 'basics brand' of raisins from my local supermarket.  I also mix with the wild bird seed to keep the smaller species happy.

Deapth of Rose's...?????

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:18

I planted mine below!

Do you know where your pets are tonight?

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 16:20

My springer, who is a field trial dog, was hyped up and ready to go to work!  Fine with the bangs, not too sure about the whizzes and crackles though.  Had his nose pressed up against the conservatory door watching.

Monty don new series

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 13:14

Its also good to see small gardens represented - not 'small' as in half an acre!  Normal sized gardens.

Monty don new series

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:50

I wasnt so sure about the Norwegian garden either.  I am sure it would look better once everything settles down and the planting grows but looking at it as a whole it did look a bit too 'builders rubble heap'.  I am sure it looked better if you were on the ground and actually in the garden.  The owners loved it which was the main thing.  I did love the slate seat built into the wall, great idea.

Monty don new series

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 10:49

I agree Gardenmaiden, hope its not a one-off.  Would be also good to see a re-visit to the gardens a year or so later to see if they have made any changes, if so, why, what worked, what didnt, have they become keener gardeners, have they 'let things go'.

Monty don new series

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:27

I am enjoying the series.  However, I dont feel it was very well advertised in advance, I only happened across it in a paper on Monday.

There are bits I prefer more than others.  I like the fact that its filmed over a year, that the new gardeners will make mistakes (cue me shouting at the telly), that Monty does give his honest opinion, that people use the creation of their gardens for many reasons (therapy, healing, mother in law!) and the fact that he also recognises that as long as the owners love their garden, thats the main thing.

Yes, gardens can be expensive and often many of us will build and improve our gardens as and when time and budget allow.  We cadge plants from friends and family and usually 'find a space for it'.  Gardens are continually evolving and are not static - that's they joy of them.  If one thing fails, why did it fail?  Do I try again or try something different?

I'll certainly be watching the rest of the programmes.

Orchid problems

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 13:15

Thanks Trehugger - some of mine are incredibly pot bound and almost pushing themselves out of their pots (plus one has split the pot).  I will wait until they finish and then repot.  I have the orchid bark/compost ready and waiting!

Orchid problems

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:03

I dont profess to be an expert in orchids by any stretch of the imagination,  I think I have just happened across situations which these orchids prefer light, warmth and care-wise.

I water mine once per week when they are flowering (which is most of the year), along with an orchid feed.  If not flowering, once every two weeks or so without feed.

I stand them in a tray of water for a couple of hours, take them out and leave them to drain before putting them back in pots.  I do occasionally use the orchid leaf spray but thats mainly to clean off any dust.

Once question I do have, if anyone can answer, when can I repot them into bigger pots?  Can I do it whilst they are actively flowering/sending up flower spikes?

MBodd, the roots should look plump and green, some may look dry and brown (in which case cut any of these off that you can get to), but they shoudnt look soft and brown - any ideas anyone?


Alliums companion planting

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:22

I underplanted mine with perennial geraniums in pinks and whites to compliment the purple/mauve alliums which spread as the season went on.

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