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Latest posts by sterelitza

Bee spotting

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 09:50

I saw a few  bees on the heather in the patio planter, good to see them and I hope they work hard to pollinate the bramley apple tree flowers this year as I had only a few apples ast year and they were awful.  Never been so glad to see honey bees before.

Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 16:52

Is there something other than fish blood and bone fertilizer thats good for Hellebores.  The reason I ask is that I think it attracts vermin into the gasrden, you know the ones.. four legged ones that poo everywhere.  I think the smell must attract them.

Tropical garden

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:51

 Hi, here are a few pics of my garden.

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:22

Morning everyone.  Well... I slept late this morning and when I saw grey overcast skies and freezing temps I felt like going back under the duvet.  Decided to go along to the nearest Garden Centre after breakfast and cheer myself up planning what I would like to be doing in the garden if ever this weather warms up. Cannot get used to this time change at all.

Tropical garden

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:10

I live in the SW of Wales so do not get the extreme cold of the northern areas.  I have grown a hedge of mixed Phormiums interspersed with Gold Crest conifers.  It really looks colourful all the year round and has withstood everything the seasons have thrown at it since planted 6 years ago.  It is also near a road with heavy traffic and not far from the sea so gets a battering from those as well.  I would advise caution with Yukka.  I have some in large pots and I have found the biggest problem is snow.  When snow gets down through the spiky leaves towards the main stem and then freezes this can cause the spiky leaves to rot and fall off.  I cover them with fleece mainly to keep ice and snow away from the main stem.  I will try and post some pictures later. Good luck Blujan, remember... nothing ventured nothing gained, so have a go. Its good fun.


Posted: 31/03/2013 at 19:22

I always wear a baseball hat, it keeps the sun out of my eyes - roll on summer, I can't wait to get out into the garden and get some work done.  My old gardening clothes are waiting in a pile for me and my wellies.

Talkback: How to mow your lawn

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 12:33

Hi Fsirygirl, thsnks for your helpful advice snd yes I probably am heavy handed with the spreading and caused bald/bare patches in the grass as a result.  (I did mean bare patches).  Is there a way of perhaps adding something to the feed mix to thin it out - perhaps some compost of sand?  Its lovely and sunny here today but very cold and frosty at night, so when would be the best time to do this?

Talkback: How to mow your lawn

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 09:23
I would like some advice on feeding the lawn in spring. In the past I have spread feed and weed all over the grass in spring but have had black patches and then holes appearing in the grass. What have I done wrong and how should I cope with feeding this year. I have not touched the grass yet as it is too cold but the grass is growing and looks untidy. Thanks.

Why I never buy online

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 08:00

Its great to read about all of you and how you do your garden shopping and how the garden enriches your life no matter how well or otherwise you are.  Do you also, like me sometimes buy plants at the supermarket when you do your weekly shop.  I went to do my Easter grocery shop at a local supermarket last Friday morning and purchased along with food etc, two pots each containing 3 hyacinths about 2 inches tall looking strong and healthy.  I could not resist them and now they will sit in my conservatory so that I can enjoy them when they bloom.  Then they will go into the border to keep flowering year after year.  I have done this in previous years and when I bravely ventured out into the garden a few days ago, looking like an Eskimo with all the clothes I had on, I saw some hyacinths in bloom which I planted a few years ago.  What a lovely surprise, it made my day.  There are so many ways you can buy your garden supplies and we should make use of them all, whichever suits us best.

WEATHER this week

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 07:55

I have been worrying about when would be the best time to cut the grass, the local council (bless em) have started cutting grass in this area.  I did notice that the grass is not growing so fast this year so maybe save a little on electric.  Not so good inside though heating bills going throught the roof.  Heard on the radio that this weather is going to last well into Ap;ril and maybe longer.

Discussions started by sterelitza

Talkback: Phormium mealybug

I have several different varieties of Phormium in my garden. Recently when some of them were being trimmed back I noticed mealybug at the b... 
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mozzies in the garden

clouds of mozzies in November 
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Taking Cuttings 
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Talkback: Hibernating ladybirds

Hi, we had a really sunny day here in Carmarthenshire last week which showed up how dirty the windows were, I decided to go outside to clean... 
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Different colour flowers on one plant

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Different colour flowers on one plant

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Advice on slug free plants

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How do I get rid of Ivy from the rockery?

Ivy rooting everywhere 
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Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

Help please 
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Rust on my Hollyhocks 
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Growing from seed

New Zealand Flax  
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Talkback: Growing species tulips

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