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My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: Today at 01:17

Posted before but OL may enjoy this video of birds feeding in my garden  https://vimeo.com/123003987#t=0s I see our GSW family several times a day and it never gets old.

 

Bramley Apple Tree

Posted: Yesterday at 13:01

I would remove all the fruit this year and allow one or two next year just to check that they are in fact the varieties you chose. Trees are long term investments and will do best if allowed to build roots first.

New Garden Project

Posted: Yesterday at 11:58

Your plot reminds me of the viewers garden Chris Beardshaw is working on in the Beechgrove Garden series. Look for episode 6, about 6 minutes in to see what they have done.

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 23:10

If it is any consolation I have spent the last 20 years in sporadic warfare against laurel in my garden. It seeds freely and runner roots from a hedge are always trying to colonise. I turn my back on small shoots for a couple of years then I have to take down 8 foot plants. Neighbours have laurel hedges which are 10 feet high and 10 feet wide and it is rather amusing watching them trying to prune with shears. A hard weekend will see them take off 6 inches which will regrow 2 feet in a season.

When you do get your 8 foot hedge be prepared for the hard work or cost of keeping it in check. Nothing gets to 8 feet quickly then stops!

Lawn weedkiller and veg

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 23:15

Are you colour blind? Not being facetious but red/green colour blindness is a very common condition especially in men which has made me wonder about the wisdom of those colour choices for watering cans.

Grapevine

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 23:07

Too late now for major pruning of old wood but you can keep the new growth in check this year. As a starting point prune each new shoot at two leaves beyond any fruit/flower cluster. Prune out side shoots as they appear. Next winter you can carry out major reshaping. I would recommend trying hard wood cuttings when you hard prune as an insurance policy.

azaleas for a beginner

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 22:58

Check out your neighbours gardens. Do they have rhododendrons or camellias growing in free soil? If they have blue hydrangeas then that is also a good sign.

I almost went blind looking at a pair of small leaved azaleas I have by the front door. They are decades old, one purple one pink and the colour contrast with the new bright green leaves is just stunning at this time of year. I normally have a large leaved yellow variety (Rhododendron Luteum?) as a backdrop which is a powerful combination particularly against the purple variety but I pruned that one hard last year to get it back under control. So I can see the attraction. 

Unknown fruit bush

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 13:11

Definitely Seven of Nine not One of Seven. The ladies may be enjoying Poldark but we once had Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine.

Honey Bee swarms

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 23:33

Both swarms were safely collected by my beekeeping neighbour who will try to combine them. It is fascinating to watch a swarm in action although the early stages with the sky full of bees can be very intimidating. The first time it happened we had some burly roofers working on the roof who rapidly descended and sheepishly asked if they could retreat indoors during the swarm.

My OH reacts badly and a sting would mean a rapid trip to hospital so we do have to be careful. My beekeeping neighbour is also very sensitive and has had to have desensitizing treatment to try to lessen the risk of anaphylactic shock. Exciting times with adrenalin injection pens at the ready during swarm season. On the bright side it means our fruit trees are always well pollinated and the honey is lovely.

 

Honey Bee swarms

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 15:57

We are used to our neighbours bees swarming in early summer (late May onwards) but they caught us out this time by being far earlier than usual. I noticed one swarm starting but it had moved on from the original roost so I had to go find it again. They had regrouped on a hedge on top of a steep bank. However on closer inspection (with binoc's!) there were two swarms about a metre apart which I hadn't come across before.

 

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