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Suitable place for acer?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 16:48

Thanks Verdun.  I will follow your advice.  My neighbour has done the best he can with the roots, and better than I expected.  Mags

Suitable place for acer?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:21

A neighbour is digging out the remains of a leylandii, from where it has been for 20+ years. If I fill the hole with ericaceous compost will it be ok to plant a small acer there?  Thanks for help.  Mags  

Bluetit & Parsley

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 14:44

Today I watched a bluetit pecking frantically at my parsley, then the little bird flew away with a sprig of parsley in its beak - quite a large sprig for a small bird.  Why?  I've seen bluetits on that plant in the past and assumed it was after insects, but this is the first time I've seen it take parsley away!  Anyone know? 

I have heard that starlings will take bits of herbs to act as an insecticide in the nest so do bluetits (and other birds) do the same?  Mags 

Big Begonias

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 18:56

I've got lots of shoot on all 5 of them.  BUT this happened last year and then only on shoot on each did well to give lots of flower - then the broke in August and Sept.  Howerver, I've found one of last years corms just starting to sprout so I will experiment with that as it's a different colour so I don't really want it  and can afford to sacrifice it! Many thanks all, Mags

Big Begonias

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 20:52

Matty,  Would pinching out the tip when the main is growing well encourage the corm to produce more shoots from the corm then?  Mags 

Grow bags

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 16:08

Lets us all know the results if you do a trial please, Steve 

Big Begonias

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 16:05

When my begonias get bigger should I pinch out the tip of the main growing shoot?  Last year they just kept growing from the one shoot (on each plant) and got so long most of them broke of. It happened on 4 out of 5 plants.   Yes, I know it might be a silly question, and I can't find anything about this so what's to be done?  Many thanks Mags.

Bee

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 17:52

You might as well leaves the bees to enjoy the box.  I doubt if birds would use it anyway if you use the shed much, as I think the constant toing and froing would probably be to disturbing for them.  Then move the box to somewhere more peaceful when the bees have departed.    I could be wrong about the birds, of course!  Mags

crown imperal lillies

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:11

I have 2 crown imperials. They were lovely last year and this year just one is going to flower.  They are adjacent, treated the same with feed and horse manure after flowering last year.  Is there any way I can persuade them both to flower next year?  Many thanks, Mags 

Planting

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 15:09

Is your question about planting out  Primulas, Pansies and Ivy?  I am sure the answers are Yes, Yes and Yes.  Don't forget ivy can go a bit wild, primulas will come pack year after year and pansies tend to be treated as annuals.   Thant's my inexpert opinion, anyway.    Mags

Discussions started by staffsmags

Lily deteriated

How to replace it 
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damaged rhubarb leaves

what eats rhubarb leaves? 
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Last Post: 28/06/2015 at 10:58

Straggly Geum

Is my geum supposed to be so straggly? 
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Last Post: 10/06/2015 at 21:28

'Dead' soil

to manure now or not? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 16:37

cleaning bird feeders

What sterilising product 
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Last Post: 14/04/2015 at 09:35

anyone used this brand?

Molloy's Multipurpose compost 
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Last Post: 21/03/2015 at 15:30

when to cut back Fountain Grass?

miscanthus kleine silberspinne  
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Last Post: 25/02/2015 at 18:56

BIG BIRD WATCH

How to submit results? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 17:26

porridge oats

ok to feed to birds? 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 16:23

Feeding Amarylis

What to use? 
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Last Post: 09/03/2015 at 18:38

only leaves

Amarylis not producing flower stem 
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Last Post: 26/03/2015 at 16:17

unknown grass

what could it have been? 
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Last Post: 31/10/2014 at 14:38

canterbury bells & jacobs ladder

plant out now or in spring? 
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Last Post: 02/09/2014 at 14:21

Xmas Presents Amaralyis x 2

What to do with amarylis now? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 11:39

black opal tomato plant

leaves discoloured - why? 
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