Shropshire Lass

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David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 08/03/2012 at 19:39

I agree with you Susan with regard to maybe not buying David Austin roses any more. I have either bought or been given one a year for the last ten years and the ones planted in 2000 and 2001 performed well (but not fabulously) for the first time last year. The younger ones are still pretty unimpressive. It seems to me that they take such an age to establish, seemingly teetering on the brink of death for months, even years. I'm afraid life's too short to be spent coaxing sulky specimens!

David Austen Rose - white bobbles on some branches

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 12:52

They could be mealy bugs.

Valentine's Day

Posted: 14/02/2012 at 20:15

Pink tulips please!

Hellebore - Something Lovely in The Middle of Winter

Posted: 14/02/2012 at 20:02

How lovely! Helebores are the first to make an appearance in my garden and I love them so much I have many different varieties - but none like this one!

Talkback: RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2012

Posted: 05/02/2012 at 13:14

I was lucky enough to see 6 house sparrows, 5 greenfinches, 5 chaffinches, 4 wood pigeons, 3 blue tits and then 1 or 2 of the following - robin, blackbird, dunnock, great tit, magpie, collared dove, carrion crow and goldfinch. A good haul I'm sure you'll admit but all the more amazing as halfway through the watch, the sparrowhawk whizzed through the garden. Usually when he races through, the little birds take to the evergreens to hide for the rest of the day. They were obviously feeling brave on this occasion as they returned after a few minutes (or maybe they just didn't see him!?). Mine isn't a rural garden but a suburban one so I appreciate the luck I had with the variety of birds I spotted.

overgrown fuschia

Posted: 31/01/2012 at 19:33

I had a similar sized fuscia in a previous garden and decided to divide it into two so that I could have the same plant in another part of the garden. I lost both! Taking cuttings is very easy and, in my opinion, is by far the safest option.

planting under laurels

Posted: 28/01/2012 at 16:58

I have large clumps of marjoram growing along the base of my laurel hedge. It seems to do ok and is always alive with bees in the summer.

Back garden Chickens

Posted: 23/01/2012 at 09:50

My advice is start as you mean to go on. We originally had two HUGE Buff Orpingtons (Doris and Barbara) and we let them out of their run straight away so that they could forage around, looking fabulous. Big mistake for us as they destroyed the garden! They ripped apart established plants and immediately dug up anything new that we planted. Of course, having had this taste of freedom, they refused to be restricted to their run, shouting and screeching until they were let out again. Eventually, Doris unfortunately died and Barbara went to a friend who had about twenty freely roaming in her orchard. (Try digging up those apple trees Barbara!). We now have Pekin bantams, Mavis and Vera, who have never been out of their run and have therefore not had that taste of freedom! They're very happy and so are we!

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