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What's this plant?

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 22:54

A couple of suggestions,  Russian vine or clematis Montana. A photo of the offending plant in full growth during summer would help a lot.

Tall hedges

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 21:33

Laurel is evergreen and will grow tall. It would need regular but not frequent pruning to keep it in good shape. If neglected it will grow as wide as it gets tall. 

The glory of Daffodils

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 23:35

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 Boring old daffodils, just those vulgar nodding yellow heads. Bah! Don't know what anyone sees in them.

From my trial bed in 2011. Sadly slugs took a terrible toll and only the strongest survived.

Slug solution....

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

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 This group were in one of my compost bins a few years ago. I see them regularly in the garden and saw my first of the year last week, one of last year's new brood. There was also a grass snake sharing the compost bin with the slow worms that year but it was much too fast to catch with the camera whereas the slow worms lived up to their name.

I found a grass snake today when I was clearing debris from around my garage. I scooped up a spade full of debris and deposited it in the barrow and was surprised to see a foot long young snake looking a bit disorientated in the middle of the barrow. I had been keeping an eye open for more slow worms but the grass snake was a bit of a shock. Thankfully it was unharmed and I relocated it to some nearby vegetation.

Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:21

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=599 has useful info. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for troubleshooting. Basically it prefers a warm sunny site. A 12 year old plant should now be several metres tall. How big is yours?

Yellow is the colour.......

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 13:51

It has got to be daffs and primroses but forsythia is also a welcome splash of yellow at this time of year.

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 13:27

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 An overwintered Red Admiral warming up, taken 3 weeks ago

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Ladybird on gorse from the same trip on Blackdown near Haslemere.

 

 

Topsoil Leicestershire

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 10:17

Local Builders Merchants and Garden Centres would be a good starting point. A major cost item is delivery charge so a local source should be the cheapest option.

Muntjacs

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 11:34

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 Roe deer rutting season in action. It is quite funny to see as the doe runs round in tight circles with the buck in hot pursuit.

polyanthus

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 22:59

I just planted out a couple of packs which I bought last Autumn but didn't get round to planting at the time. They are still healthy plants and should be fine.  If you can't get them into the border I would think about popping them into a large pot or other container.

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