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How and where to site a Bee house ??

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 17:46

hello, having decided at the beginning of last year to try and encourage more bees/butterflies and then planted the relevant plants/flowers (then we had the wettest summer so far !!!). i would now like to help even further by building/constructing somewhere for the insects to hibernate over winter.

can anyone tell me how to go about this and if there are any sites available to view on the internet ??


thanks, shazza 

Snow on the Greenhouse

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 17:19

Did mine earlier as several inches and polycarbonate greenhouse, hopefully won't have any more snow in S. Wales this weekend

Poorly Pots

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 16:51

thank you for taking the time to reply.

the reason for putting things in large pots is because i don't have a huge garden, the plants were bought as Dwarf variety and am at a loss as to why they don't do very well at all, thought if they're bred as Dwarf then that's what they should stay as ???

anyway, will have to ponder for a while before deciding what to do with them because the Hazel is in a really large glazed pot that i can't actually move.



Poorly Pots

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 16:24

hello, happy new year to everyone. haven't need to ask a question in ages but now have a bit of a problem

have noticed that the above shrubs which have been in large glazed ceramic pots for several years aren't looking as healthy as they should be. none of them did really well at all last year (bearing in mind the constant rain we all had), and they don't seem to have grown very much either. none of them produced any catkins the previous year and don't look as if they're going to this year either.

my question is this -- if they are left in pots, do they NOT grow as big as something which is in grown the ground ?? If this is correct, then how do i encourage healthier growth with a view to eventually having plants that do produce catkins ???


many thanks




Posted: 01/09/2012 at 20:43

thanks for the reply. am glad of that because there seems to be so many, was wondering how long it would have taken me to weed that area, now don't have to



Posted: 01/09/2012 at 20:29

hello, can anyone tell me if Carex Pendula is self-seeding or not ?

i have a large clump in my border and where i removed some weeds a few weeks back have now sprouted mini versions of what look like this plant ? One of the seedlings is about 6/8 inches high and is the image of the Carex ?

i couldn't find this information in any of my books.





Dividing Geraniums

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 16:52

Oooppss, have done already, couldn't resist having a go. have left the other two as they are, was just experimenting with the one to see how it turns out. providing all ok in the Spring, will divide the other two as well.

thanks for the reply anyway.


Dividing Geraniums

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 11:52

hello, have bought 3 x pots of hardy geraniums and am in the middle of planting them in the border. i tidied all the dead foliage and when i emptied the pots to loosen the roots, i noticed that they weren't one complete plants but separate plantlets and remembered that you could divide these into smaller plants.

Is this correct and if so, can i do this now as they've stopped flowering ????


thanks, shazza


Cherry Tree

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 20:27

thanks for the reply. after reading your comments, i'm now really loathing the thought of digging it up and hoping it will survive. not only will my OH trample all over the garden to get at it, crushing anything in his way but i'm not sure the tree will do very well further out in the garden either.

think i'm going to have to re-think the whole plan and try and persuade OH that we prune it instead.


thanks, shazza


Plants for wildlife

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 13:31

hello, having decided at the beginning of the year to try and encourage as many bees/butterflies to hepl them along, i bought quite a lot of plants for this reason, spent a small fotune !!

unfortunately, i think i'm jinxed because we've had nothing but rain ever since and howling winds. i haven't seen a butterfly for weeks and very few bees.


i'm hoping that future years will be a bit drier than this, otherwise the only insects to flourish are the ones we don't want !!!   

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