Tim Burr

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Garden Pond edging and planting renovations

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 21:28

I understand the best time to do any work on tidying up a pond is in the autumn as it minimises the risk to the wildlife, however, I also plan to dig up and move around some of the plants around it and also put in some better pond edging which will include placing rocks to line the edge of the pond and make it a bit more natural looking.  The plan is also to increase the amount of nooks and crannies for the frogs and other wildlife.  Would it be better to leave that until next spring or feasible to do that in autumn too, before it all settles down for the winter.  Around the pond at the moment is a number of harts tongue ferns, Siberian irises (which are currently in flower), Carex, and Liriope Mascari as bits of the pond are in shade all thru' the year.

Don't laugh - but also have some Sedums (Autumn Joy) planted next to the pond which were put in temporarily just to get them in the ground 4 years ago, and have stayed ever seen.  My late horticultural friend called them my Water Sedums.  Something tells me I should keep them in there in her memory as seeing them always reminds me of her and makes me smile.

How to help frogs / toads

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 21:44
Dovefromabove says:

Didn't know you have wild salamanders in the Netherlands - wonder why we don't have them over here.

See original post

 Can't afford the ferry crossing from Rotterdam.

Blitzing a garden rant

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 21:16

It's illegal to...

"intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1* while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird.


The maximum penalty that can be imposed for an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act - in respect of a single bird, nest or egg - is a fine of up to £5,000, and/or six months' imprisonment."

Reporting Form...


Schedule 1 -  https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/our-positions-and-campaigns/positions/wildbirdslaw/birdsandlaw/wca/schedules.aspx

Bulbs for next spring.

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 18:27

Daffodils - best bet is to put them back in the ground where you want them to grow, and at the same depth they were previously.  You shouldn't cut off the leaves as they give the energy for next year. Give them some slow release fertiliser and keep them watered and let them die down naturally.

Tulips - can be kept out the ground. Split off any bulblets as they sap the energy from the main bulb, and you can grow them, but might take up to three years to flower.  Again, keep on the leaves, and store in newspaper.   Keep warm and dry.  I think tulips can be a bit hit and miss for a second season of flowering - many people treat them as annuals.

Bluebell delight

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 12:45

These are in a more 'managed' setting (Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey), but lovely all the same....

Privet Hedge - Neighbour severing roots

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 10:38

Privet hedges.  Huh!  I grew up in a town on the outskirts of Liverpool in the 70s and 80s and practically every garden (OK, probably not that many, but there was an awful awful lot) had a privet hedge in the front and back dividing the gardens.  Some privet hedges were over 12 feet tall where the homeowner wanted to completely block themselves away from everybody else.  To me, the privet hedge seemed ubiquitous with the town.  I don't live in that town anymore and I hardly ever see them anywhere else in the country.  Don't know whether that makes me happy or sad.  Its a good hedge though for privacy and probably better than a laurel or leylandii as can take a lot of abuse.  Always remember thinking that the flowers (when it was allowed to flower that is) smelt awful.

Identify snail

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 10:23


It looks like a slug form behind. Can't make out the shell.

Have a look here.


Does look almost like it could be the first one on the list...

Fatsia Japonica - frost damage on new growth

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 16:52

Assume this is frost damage from the other evening on new year growth.  It was doing so well...best growth in years...

What happens next?

Last edited: 29 April 2017 16:53:15

Kerria Japonica Pruning

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 10:54

Should probably count myself lucky then! 

Kerria Japonica Pruning

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 09:59

To be honest, mine isn't that vigorous, although as I say, it has gone a bit wild, but that's mainly because I haven't really managed it in prior years.  Although I planted it over 5 years ago, it hasn't really clumped up much.  Somebody told me it would be rampant and spread out quite quickly from where I planted it, but its not really done that much.  I wonder if its because where I planted it (in front of a fence and therefore quite dry), it has kept it in check.  The soil is a light loam so its not like the ground has stopped it from creeping far like it might be more restricted in a more clay/heavy loam soil.

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Ideas, ideas, ideas.... 
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