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Talkback: How to choose secateurs

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 18:01

I have a pair of Felco no 4, which are annoying for professional use as no easy blade tensioning nut. I had a pair of no 2 but lost them in a 2 tonne pile of compost and haven't recovered them yet. Am now using no13, the big ones for big hands, I prune a lot of roses and Buddleja so the tougher the better, I have broken many cheapos but never any of the Felcos but have replaced blades and springs and the odd nut!

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 17:43

Thanks dove, pity the moth isn't so fantastic!

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 17:27

Can I have a bug ID?

Saw this beauty today!

Any idea what it will become?


No flowers on my 'ears?

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 22:13

I think the shade might be the issue, try moving to a sunnier spot when time is right.

If that doesn't help try moving g the plant????

Stumped by another small flower!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:29

 Looks more like this to me but with less flowers, foliage is very distinctive.

You can buy seeds in UK too.

Stumped by another small flower!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:39

As much as I know about it other than it grows wild in California.

Stumped by another small flower!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:59

Gilia capitata, an annual wildflower.

ideas please to screen neighbours BIG shed!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 09:43

Ivy or Virginia creeper for me Beaus mum, unless that would cause problems with neighbors, then maybe a wire trellis with something like old mans beard or a Montana on.

Stumped by another small flower!

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:32

I kind of agree with you on the arrangement of the flowers nut, too many in a cluster really! But I am going from memory and the sun's been frying my brain lately????!

Ceanothus life span?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 16:33

I had one do the same in a garden I work in, normally it's winter or should I say prolonged frosts that get them, and pruning out the dead  would usually see them recover, for the next winter to get them. But this one survived the last two winters and decided to give up late spring this year, some of the branches seemed rotten at ground level and pulled away when removing but the main trunk is still in solid til I dig it out proper in winter, but defo ded!

It was more than 10 years old, in a sunny south facing spot and would get a hair cut every time after flowering, the only other factor may have been a blocked drain flooding nearby that could have made it too wet in spring!

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