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Tim Burr


Latest posts by Tim Burr

Ceanothus dead

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 12:13

My neighbours massive Ceanothus died last year.  My Ceanothus, which was probably planted around the same time when the house was built in 1996 is still looking OK, but I think it's on borrowed time.  It has gone rather woody and I can't cut it back as it doesn't grow from old wood.  Although I (and the bees) love the blue flowers I'm already think about its replacement.  I planted a clematis thru it two years ago, which flowers after the Ceanothus has finished  - looks good too!

Cat Poo in the compost !

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 23:46
No, you're just rampant!

Cat Poo in the compost !

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 17:02
Actually Cotty100, it's not really the cats fault. They do the decent thing by burying their dung, whereas we go around and dig it up again. Who's the more intelligent? Cats must think we're disgusting creatures. How many other animals bury their dung. We don't. And up until 30 years ago, we thought it was perfectly normal to flush ours into the rivers and seas. Most places East of Dover still do!

As for your comment about shooting them. We're in England, not the wilds of Africa, and even there it's illegal to shoot animals without just cause, including wild ones.

Crown Imperials

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 12:44
Just mowing my lawn and noticed a distinctly bad smell coming from tubs with daffs in. Closer inspection, I noticed the Crown Imperials which I planted two autumns ago (September 2011) are finally growing. Can't believe it. I'd given them up for dead when nothing appeared at all last year. Can't believe they smell so bad though :-/ Not sure if I will get flowers though. All I've got currently is lots of green leaves. I do remember reading they can take couple of years to flower.

Cat Poo in the compost !

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 09:42
One sure way to stop a cat from pooing in a spot in the garden is to have another cat's poo there. Even if its their own, they won't keep going back to the same spot if its been used several times before. Cats are very particular about where they drop and won't use an area that has been used by another cat. My cat poos in MY garden (too fat, old and lazy to jump fences) and I feed her dry food which means she actually poos less (frequency and volume), they break down a lot quicker, and there is no smell. Wet cat feeds are notoriously bad in smell and volume when it comes out the other end. It's sometimes smells just as bad going in. I don't have to worry about my cat pooing in my garden, I have to worry about foxes dropping presents on the lawn. Now they do stink!

Too cold to relocate perennials?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 00:19
I want to move some perennials and other plants around the garden. Fortunately, due to all the cold, they haven't grown very much, but I'm sure when the temperature does start on the up, growth will happen with a vengeance. However, I'm conscious that although the plants are growing (slowly), and daytime temperatures are above freezing, night time is below freezing, so I'm wondering if I should wait until both day AND night temperatures are above 0C before moving anything. The things I want to move are Geraniums, Aquilegia, Sedums, Ferns, and dig up, split and replant Crocosmia (which is already 6 inch green spikes). My soil is relatively light (sandy/silty loam) so is not cold like clay loam or heavy clay. I'm desperate to get in the garden this Easter weekend and it will be the last real chance I have until end of April.

Pruning a silver birch

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 23:52
Sorry, not an Acer palmatum - it's a Acer platanoides!

Pruning a silver birch

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 23:49
I pruned an Acer Palmatum (Crimson Sentry) in January thinking it was completely dormant. It dripped sap for days! Stopped now though.

Bird box v bird feeding

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 18:52
Small garden. Only 10 metres by 12 metres. I've got a feeding station for birds. I get quite a lot of visitors during the day - sparrows, starlings, tits, robins, blackbirds, pigeons and magpies (annoyingly!). I've been given a sparrow terrace bird box for my birthday, but I've been reading that when placing it, it should be well away from feeding stations because if its too close the visiting birds will stress out the occupants of the bird box. I was planning to put the sparrow terrace on the back of the house (faces exactly east and understand it is an ideal location), but it will be less than 10 metres away from the feeding station. Do I need consider moving the feeding station to another location (front garden, perhaps). I already have a blue tit box in the garden on the fence, but although I've seen lots of potential occupants fly in and out, nothing has taken up a short term tenancy yet. The side of the house face north and is in shade most of the day, but it can get quite breezy because its a bit of a wind tunnel with the next door house, so not sure it will be ideal for a bird box.

National DIY chains remove bug killer containing neonicotinoids from sale

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 17:40
Update. I have had responses from three Garden Centres about there stocking of insecticide products containing Neonicotinoids.

Squires (http://www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk/) said they would be looking to remove them from sale;

The Garden Centre Group (http://www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/) sid not indicate if they would r would not continue to stock them but did indicate it educates its customers in their use, such as spraying when bees are least active. This doesn't resolve the issue because systemic insecticides are absorbed by the plant making the whole plant toxic including the pollen and nectar which bees and other pollinating (and beneficial) insects feed on. The plant is then toxic for up to six weeks from the initial spraying

Longacres (http://www.longacres.co.uk/) said that they will NOT be looking to remove them from sale;

This what Longacres said in response...

Longacres Official Statement on Bees & Neonicotinoids

"After reviewing the information from the EFSA, DEFRA, HTA, CPA and Soil Associations, we have come to the following conclusions.

1. The scientific evidence suggests that the global decline in bees is due to a mixture of factors including: parasites, fungal & viral diseases, degradation and loss of habitat.

2. Until further research currently being carried out DEFRA is completed there is no reason not to sell systemic insecticides based on neonicotinoids.

Furthermore, there is much that consumers can do to help bees.

Longacres recommends assigning planting areas in your garden to create a wild flower meadow (we sell ready mixed seed packs to help with this) and also add insect attracting plants. See our Bedding & Shrub areas for Heathers as a colourful addition to your borders.

Longacres also recommends placing nesting sites in your garden - to help you we sell a variety of insect houses in the pet and wild bird area.

Longacres recommends that all pesticides should be used only as directed on the pack. For best results spray early in the morning or in the early evening when bees are inactive and avoid spraying on open blooms.

For more information please contact the chemical department or visit www.cropprotection.org.uk and download their ???bee informed??? leaflet."

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...top up with tap water? 
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Season is 3/4 weeks behind so really, we're still in May, right? 
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....never seen anything like this before 
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Gardening errors.....

......made good (or bad) 
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Big foot strike again 
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To chop or not to chop! 
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