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Tim Burr

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Slugs and snails

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 22:53
I visited a garden in the National Garden Scheme last year. They used the garlic brew method and they had fantastic hostas. However, the owner of the garden also said that at the start of the season, he relied on slug pellets, and also a good pair of scissors and a torch.

Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 16:03
I was bought a Hedgehog House as a present for Christmas - I place the hogs food (mealworms, crushed peanuts and chicken kibble) on a plate under it every night. By morning, all the foods gone, and the Hogs leave me several little presents on my patio and in the Hog House. It is starting to get quite messy, especially with all the rain. If its dry, the mess is very easy to brush into borders, so I don't mind so much. Does anybody know how often they poop. I thought I only had two, maybe three hogs visiting on a nightly basis, but with all the poop, I am wondering if there are more. No doubt the regularity of the food will add to the volume.

And whilst I am here.....

I was watching a pair of hogs on my patio last night. One of them was sitting very still and was doing a lot of snuffling. The other one kept on trying to walk around the back of the one sitting still, but as soon as it did that, the snuffling increased to the point it seemed quite upset and then it turned to move its hind quarter away. Was I watching some kind of Hog courtship going on?

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 15:50
I've got honey bees gathering around my laurel - I thought it odd because it has no flowers. I was planning to trim the hedge back because its suddenly got very unruly but after reading this, I am not so sure! Not brave enough to tuck my face into the greenery to have a closer look. I have sat in a garden on a warm balmy evening drinking a beer when a swarm arrived once. I ran in side like a demented little girl. My wife thought my knickers had gotten too tight!


Posted: 06/06/2012 at 08:53
My best defence of having other cats visit my garden is to have my own cat. She is very territorial so does not appreciate other cats visiting the garden and soon sees (quite ferociously) other cats off. And she is way too posh to toilet in the garden, so she has a covered litter tray with its own little cat flap for privacy in the utility room. She gave up chasing birds several years ago and now just turns her tail when they start squawking at her from the bird feeder. She runs wide of the hedgehogs. They obviously have history!

Planting scheme....

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 22:03
Thanks auntie - just purchased planting combinations on Amazon! And also saw and bought Sarah Raven's Bold and Brilliant to boot!

Planting scheme....

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 21:21
I'm planning to dig up my front lawn and replace with raised beds and gravel paths in between. The raised beds will be 1.5m x 1.5m and I'll have six of them. I want to plant up the beds with perennials and have a succession of plants that flower from Spring to Autumn. I've been browsing my RHS encyclopedia and it helpfully provides details of plants I can use depending on the season, however, I dont know how to work out a planting scheme and subsequently work out approximately how many plants per bed. I am planning to use fairly similar plants in all beds, allowing for variations depending on aspect to sun and shade from hedge at front of garden and neighbours garage. Whats the key to coming up with a good planting scheme?

Talkback: Growing aquilegias

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 17:00
I've read in places that after flowering, aquilleges should be cut down to ground level. Who does this, or just leaves them to their own devices.

Plant books

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 12:59
Amazon is your best bet - you can pick up second hand books often as cheap as a penny (although they'll charge up to ??5 P&P). After several years of leaving home I got my own set of my parents RHS and Readers Digest gardening books, for a fraction of the price, and also ones which are no longer in print, or I prefer the older version.

Clematis - prune hard back now?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 12:46
I have a clematis that has just finished flowering. It was in situ from when I moved in to my house and it stayed put when the garden was "done", but its now looking a bit of a mess and needs some proper suport - previous occupants simply left the plant tied to the original two foot canes it came in and provided no additional support or trellis. It is only by sheer determination it has managed to reach the top of the fence by using a scraggy winter Jasmine that was next to it, but after that was removed its all collapsing on itself. OK to hard prune back now to allow me to install a trellis or should I wait will next Spring before new growth happens?

top 5

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 09:22
Daffodils - promise of another exciting year ahead in the garden;

Hardy Fuchsia - reminds me of childhood and my grandmothers garden;

Crocosmia - holidays in the Isle of Man as a child going on the train up Snaefell. The line is edged by lots of Crocosmia (and hardy fushia);

Laburnum Tree - had a huge one at the bottom of my garden as a child and loved them ever since - I love the dripping golden yellow flowers in May.

Lillies - just for their sheer exuberance and scent that wafts around the garden when they are in flower.

A lot of my garden plants link back to what I grew up with as a child and I love the familiarity and continuity plants bring. I'm sure there must be some psychology going on there!

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Bamboo in trough

Trimming it down to size 
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Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Gone all scruffy 
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Japanese Acer disposal

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Pond level dropping..... up with tap water? 
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Too late for a Chelsea Chop?

Season is 3/4 weeks behind so really, we're still in May, right? 
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Plant or weed....?

....never seen anything like this before 
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Gardening errors.....

......made good (or bad) 
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Flaming Weeds!

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Stamped on lilies

Big foot strike again 
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Umbrella Plant

To chop or not to chop! 
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Crown Imperials

Lazarus bulbs! 
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Too cold to relocate perennials?

Cold days and freezing nights 
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