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Latest posts by shazza3

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 !!!   

Cherry Tree

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 13:19

hello, i have a Dubbele Meikkers Cherry Tree that's about 4 x metres tall at the moment. My OH reckons it's getting too big and is too near the house and is worried about the roots and the fondations of the house.

My question is this -- if we move it, will it survive and produce fruit again and if so, when would be the best time to uproot it ?

I don't want to move it because we're very exposed and if it's moved, the only place big enough would be on our bank where there's no shelter from the howling wind !!




Posted: 05/05/2012 at 11:48

thanks for that.

thought the forecast (according to the newspapers anyway) it's going to get really cold, and we may even have snow on higher ground again. even if we don't have snow they said we could get frosty nights.

am i looking at the wrong weather forecast ????  

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 11:39

hello, surely if they're that much of a menace, you should complain to the local council about them, unless they're a protected species that is.

anyway, it wouldn't hurt to send an e-mail just to see what response you get.

i have a similar problem with Jackdaws and Magpies. The man next door lets the Jackdaws nest in his chimney (he hasn't had it blocked like ours) and although we do see smaller birds, they don't come into my garden because of these other terratorial birds, so i cannot leave any feeders out for the ones that need our help.



Posted: 05/05/2012 at 11:31

hello, having bought quite a few new herbaceous perennials in January which have been kept in an unheated greenhouse since then, although i have been trying to harden them off over last few weeks, was hoping to plant them out over this weekend but as the forecast is for more wintry weather i'm not sure what to do now. 

i bought them to try and encourage more bees and butterflies but i think i'm fighting a losing battle !!!  

i've got two Buddleia, Achilleas, Geraniums ,Asters, and Globe Thistle, as well as others that i've ordered online.

Does anyone have any advice as to when i should plant these out ????

many thanks



Posted: 28/04/2012 at 18:54

No i haven't, funny didn't think of that DOH !!

will have quick peek next week when the dreaded storm has finished bashing the garden to bits. the wind is howling at the moment and it's really quite cold out there.

am not looking forward to the rain at all.

will let you know how i get on and what i discover.

thanks, shazza 


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 18:41

i bought cheap plastic labels, use black marker pen, then when thoroughly dry, coat with cheap clear nail varnish. works a treat and ink doesn't run.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 18:26

Hello have only just discovered this site after BBC closed their boards.

Have bought two new rhubarb (last year) which were planted at exactly the same time and same place. One variety called Victoria, the other Raspberry Red. Victoria has started growing again but the other variety hasn't. Took another look today and there's not even a sign that it's still alive let alone growing !!!

Am quite disappointed because when we moved here there was an old established rhubarb left to its own devices which we harvested for quite a few years before it conked out. I'm not sure what to do now, should i leave it alone for a while and see if anything happens ??

thanks, shazza

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