Latest posts by steephill

Chinese Lantern Tree

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 22:27

Pruning won't make it much denser but will help a little. It wants to grow into a small tree really, mine are about 10 feet tall after pruning about 10 years ago. They are evergreen and can be pruned at any time of year. I think I did mine in Spring but Autumn would be fine too. Mine are now seeding and also have next year's flowers growing too. Pruning will therefore lose next year's flowers but they should grow strongly again.


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 22:15

California was obviously popular 15 years ago -we were there too. Loved Point Lobos with its weird rock formations, sealions and sea otters as well as birdlife. Monterey aquarium was a highlight and of course we tried whale watching too - migrating grey whales in March when we were there.

Blocked Hose Pipe - Help!!

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 22:46

Connect it back up to the tap then gradually work along the hose to try to find out where the blockage is. Do this by squeezing the hose with a pair of pliers or mole grips until you find a point that you can't squeeze as easily as the rest of the hose. That is where the blockage will be. You could then try to "massage" the blockage with the pliers to break it up. Failing that if it is only a short section that is blocked chop it out and use connectors to get back to a working hose again.

Helping with the deadheading

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 17:44

The stag got the crocosmia. He was hiding behind the inula so I didn't see him to begin with but went upstairs to get a better view.



Although he did help with the weeding. How they can eat brambles like that is beyond me. They must have steel lined mouths.

Helping with the deadheading

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 11:54

Although I wish they would wait until the flowers are dead first! Looks like our crocosmia are going to be saved from the stress of producing seedheads this year again. They are also very handy for mopping up early windfall apples. Haven't seen a family group in the garden for a while so this trio came as a surprise.








What kind of garden injuries have you had

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 11:09

Working on a tree trunk downed onto a steep slope when the electric chainsaw kicked back and drove the motor onto my shin. Lump the size of my fist within minutes which took a week to dissipate and was tender for several weeks after that.

Cleared a patch of brambles and collected plenty of scratches which got infected. Elephantitus-like swelling of lower legs, fevers and facial swelling resulted. Took three doctors, three different antibiotics and nine weeks to bring it under control -it was a simple e. coli infection but the first two docs got it wrong. Don't underestimate the simple bramble!

I have to stop feeding the birds in my garden

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 14:01

You are not to blame for the rats,  they were there long before you put up your feeders and they will still be there long after you take the feeders down. Apparently we are never more than six feet away from a rat. 

Tell you neighbour to get in pest control if they want the rats removed as their garden is the source of the rats.

Don't stop feeding the birds though.

Enhancing a cemetery location

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:20

Some useful advice here As covered in the article each cemetery will have set regulations on what is allowed. You can imagine that they will be keen to avoid any rampampt growers or invasive species so the first step should be to talk to the organisation responsible for running the cemetery. 

Help needed!

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 13:55

The weather widget gives me info for a coastal city 25 miles away so isn't terribly useful. Perhaps a more accurate location system would help but I suspect that tailoring the forecast for gardening would be more useful e.g. frost warnings.

I often use a small tablet to view the site and it can be awkward to navigate pages on a thread as both top and bottom buttons are very close to the reply buttons. 

I have an issue with an ever spinning circle (refresh) on the browser header - only with this site. It seems that an element of the web page is failing to load properly. Samsung Galaxy Tab and Google Chrome browser, no adblocker in use.

How to keep wood pigeons of my veg patch

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:16

Get a gun! You need to cover the plants to keep pigeons off so either netting or fleece will be required. If the area to be covered is large then look for agricultural suppliers rather than garden centres to buy from. Imagine the cost of food if farmers had to pay garden centre prices .

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