The Bird Lady


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Penstemon pruning

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 09:54

I have an established Penstemon which flowers very well every year, but it's starting to get a bit woody and congested at the base.  I trim off all dead flower spikes etc regularly but I wondered whether I could cut it right down?  

Clivia has a flower coming - what next?

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 09:36

Yippee!  I have a beautiful Clivia in full bloom at last.  I bought it into the house a couple of weeks ago and it put on a bit of height, then started opening up.  At least I know what to de next year now! 

Portulaca - first timer

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 16:29

Thank you - I thought it would make a nice change. 

Long tailed tits are back!

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 11:02

I am so happy - we've had long tailed tits in the garden every year since we moved in during 2002, that is except for last year when we didn't see a single one.   

We were very concerned but we think a squirrel or other predator got into the nest and killed all the young from the previous year.  They only have one brood and it's generally huge, around 10 or so babies, so it's quite possible.

Anyway, they're back again this year and it's so lovely to see (and hear) them!

No Gardeners World and

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 10:54

I too get fed up with everything revolving around football - it drives me crazy!

Love watching GW, especially now there's a new dog on the block!  Nell and Nigel are great fun together and they obviously love Monty. 

It's great that Beechgrove is back, lovely to see the team again.

Portulaca - first timer

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 10:47

I've decided to go for Portulaca this year and I'm going to plant some in my window boxes and hanging baskets.  Do I pinch them out to induce bushiness or are they naturally bushy?  I have received some lovely little plugs which I've potted on so bring on the warmer weather please!

Clivia has a flower coming - what next?

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 08:42

It's only tiny at the moment so I'll move it somewhere less cold but not quite indoors for a while.

 

cheers!

Clivia has a flower coming - what next?

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 12:38

I have a Clivia that my husband rescued a few years ago from a back garden which was under snow at the time.  That year, it flowered like mad but since then I've had nothing. 

Last year I decided to leave it outside under the car port from October, it's still there now but this morning I noticed the beginnings of a bud!!  Yippee, but what now - shall I bring it indoors yet, or leave it outside for a while longer?  We are on the South coast so the worst we've had this Winter has been -2.  I don't want to ruin it by warming it up unnecessarily.

Anyone?  

Lantana grown as standard

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 17:18

Cheers!  Good luck with your fuchsia and I will report progress regarding the Lantana on here in due course. 

 

I'm growing it from seed so it will be a while yet!

Lantana grown as standard

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 10:34

We've grown Lantanas as bushes for a few years, having first come across them in Tenerife.  We also remember seeing a very large Lantana standard in a garden centre years ago and would love to try one ourselves.  Jim at Beechgrove has started one but I can't find the programme that it was on.

Has anyone grown a standard Lantana - I'd be grateful for any hints, advice etc.

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