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Tim Burr


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Toad spawn

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 13:23

I had a small pond installed 2 years ago.  Everybody told me that frogs and toads would be falling from the sky when they realise I had a pond in my garden.  In fact, nothing arrived.  So 2nd year I was given some frog spawn by a friend who had a pond ( and frogs) in his garden for years.  It took seemingly forever for the chaps to hatch and then eventually turn into fully grown frogs.  This years I've encounterd just one frog in the garden - scared the living daylights out of me when I'm sure it tried to jump for my throat whilst tidying up old fern leaves around the pond edge.  I've got no frog spawn yet, but then somebody told me it takes two years for a frog to mature to lay/fertilise eggs.  Maybe next year.....!  Or perhaps it will rain frogs and toads after all!

My first Hedgehog inhabitant

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 12:16

I placed a Hogilo in my garden on Monday evening.  On Wednesday evening I saw a hedgehog coming out of it around 9pm and then ran across the patio to the bowl of chicken and turkey cat food in the feeding hutch.  Didn't take him (or her) long to take up residence!

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.

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Black Aphids on conservatory Yucca

 
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Name of the blue flowering plants on GW (Friday 6th May)

 
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Does Bamboo (Fargesia Robusta) Regrow its leaves

....silly question time! :-) 
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Monarda still in slumber

Not stirring from winter sleep 
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Downsizing a Bamboo

Overgrown its trough 
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Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Are you still using it? 
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Planting Yucca in Ground

Plant these above, below or halfy halfy!! 
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Photinia Red Robin trimming

Too early/too late to trim back 
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Relocating an Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry'

Wrong tree in the wrong place 
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Hard pruning a Mahonia

What to do with the cuttings 
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Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

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Conifer for narrow space and upright form

Recommendations please. 
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Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Narihira Bamboo (AGM)

Doesn't run, but does it need to be contained? 
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Do slug eat thru' carrier bags

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Crocosmia Lucifer

Early flowering? 
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