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Talkback: Top 10 daffodils

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 21:19

Hi, Love Thalia, but also poeticus (which is quite a late one) but also like passionale.

Buying the right tool

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 17:10

The others are absolutely right. Find what suits you. The weight is important too or you'll soon get tired.

Secateurs: I like Felcos, no 2 seems to hit the spot. Bit pricey but last and last .... you can also (eventually if you need to) get replacement parts, blades etc.

Spades and forks: I've used Spear and Jackson and I used the ladies spade (cos I'm female, not necessary a lady though!) and it's slightly smaller and the weight's just right. You can shapen the blade of it a little too, not razor sharp but just isn't blunt.

Loppers and shears: Wilkinson sword, again good and light, loppers have a lever action for easier cutting and the blades can be sharpened easily and mine have lasted ages.

Just some ideas, but do find what's best for you and your budget, but do try and get a reasonable quality. Good luck

Still blooming

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 17:01

That's great Heather (I'm another Heather by the way). Some roses will just keep going weather permitting, through into November. I have a rose Mortimer Sackler on an arch and still has quite a few buds with the existing flowers and I noticed my Lady Emma Hamilton has a couple of buds about to break open.

Enjoy your week

The demise of our native songthrush.

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 16:56

My dad gets song thrushes in his garden in the next village, had one in mine and I live just a few hundred yards from M1! He puts feed out all year round, mealworms etc., as well as seed for goldfinches and others. He also has mature trees and shrubs around I think that might help.

Despite close proximity to the motorway, we still get fieldfares, redwings and waxwings coming in, we have sorbus and pyracantha, which they love, plus hawthorn and rose hips. I think we just must be on a migration route. We also get a sparrowhawk on a regular basis.

Regarding housemartins, we see swifts high over head, but we put a bought housemartin bird box up a few years ago with no success until this year. However the occupant wasn't a housemartin but a collared dove!!! Comical the way it squeezed itself in and out, much to the amusement of us and our neighbours. It raised two broods though .

I think I spend too much time at the kitchen sink! Good luck everyone.


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 15:18

Hi I'm with nutcutlet, I planted a hornbeam hedge mixed with hawthorn and it's lovely, the birds get in there too and have had blackbirds nesting even though it runs alongside a pavement. Advantages of hornbeam and hawthorn is that they're not fussy about soil and can grow well in most types of conditions.

The hornbeam is just like beech but faster, creates the same effect, leaves stay on in winter if hedge is clipped. I got mine from Buckingham nurseries too, they're very good. Although a lot of nurseries are now supply various saplings for hedges.

Good luck

Im a idiot!

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 17:13

Hi Kev, I've had my felcos some years now and they really are very, very good. You can get replacement blades and parts too, just treated myself to new blade as they're in use everyday throughout the year and the holster is excellent it keeps the blade safe and your back pocket!!

If the No 4.'s don't suit though maybe you could sell them on ebay or something? have only used the 2's myself and they've been brilliant.

My healthy looking potentilla fruiticosa

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 17:02

Hi, just a thought what feed are you using? Some potentilla growers feed from Feb or June, but they use a rose feed according to manufacturers instructions, as they are of the rosaceae group. I don't feed, but my soil is clay, so is quite rich. Might be just worth checking what feed you use.

Good luck

Don't know what this is

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:29

Yes Leycesteria formosa, also called pheasant berry, does look really good as the flowers come out and everyone's right it does self seed, hope you've got plenty of people to give little plants to ....

Suggestions on bulb flowers please

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:22

There are some dwarf Agapanthus that will flower sept time, or Nerines are bulbs that flower in autumn, but as a bulb would have to be planted a lot earlier than now, but maybe able to buy in a pot? Or what about dwarf Asters? they flower sept onwards, there are smaller varieties and then they can be planted out?

Don't know how big your pot is, but hope you find something you like, as it's a lovely idea

can anyone tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:02

Yep, I'd say Ligularia 'the Rocket', nice ....

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