Tim Burr


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Jeyes fluid uses

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 11:24

Please be careful - those grubs in the garden which are left dying or dead on or near the surface may be eaten by other wildlife such as hedghogs and birds.  Jeyes is toxic, not just to insect we don't want but also to creatures we do.  Perhaps think about using a natural alternative to chemicals - nematodes for example, which can be watered on the soil and attack the insects naturally.

Umbrella Plant

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 11:12

I've got an Umbrella Plant in the conservatory (well, three in a single pot - don't think they are the same plant).  When I bought it from Homebase three years ago, it was only 2 foot tall.  Now, it is over 9 foot tall and banging its head on the roof of the conservatory.  I have been trying to train it sideways, but its not happy, and I'm sure its going to be a pain to try and repot when know doubt it will get much bigger again.

I've been wondering if I prune it back to about half height, will it bud out side shoots, making it more bushy, or will it just stop and remain a 4 1/2 foot stump with leaves for the remainder of its natural life?  And what is the likely success of trying to root the bit I lop off?

Funny when I was in Canary Island a few years ago, I spotted they used Umbrella Plants as green planting in the central reservation of their roads.

Common Laurel Hedging?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 11:05

Yew hedge

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=729

 

I'm planning to use Yew when the Leylandii cops it - its on the way out as its going brown from the bottom up.  Think its diseased.  Going to be a bugger taking it out the ground though as I've got three or four as a hedge on the boundary between me and neighbour planted there when the house was built 17 years ago.  Its been kept tight back with a regular trim but I hate Leylandii.

 

At the front of the garden, I've got a Laurel hedge, also planted when the house was built.  Don't mind that too much - the birds like diving in and out and the insects seem to love it in the summer.  When I trim it back in the late summer I get the sweet smell of almonds coming off it - that'll be the arsenic fumes then!

 

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!

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