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Latest posts by Tootsietim

What passes you by?

Posted: 24/12/2015 at 20:36

I have never watched star wars,  I wouldn't recognise a song by U2 (although I know what Bono looks like) and I don't own a mobile phone.  I have a nagging feeling that I may be missing out, but then again.........

What's in your bag?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 23:37

Why is it that so many peat free composts only tell us what they DON'T contain.


What they really mean

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 00:17

My favourite is when items are described as Quality.

With no qualification it is meaningless.

( I work on the assumption that the quality is probably buttock-clenchingly p#ss poor)

Which witch hazel?

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 00:05

As scent is a rather personal thing I would be tempted to do a bit of sample sniffing, either at a good nursery with a range for sale, or at a winter garden open to the public. My father has a witch hazel that he raves over but I can hardly smell and yet some others I have tried have been sublime.

Good luck.

Anyone else still mowing??

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 00:00

Still mowing the lawn.. Boo.. but still picking roses for the house.. Hurrah.

Buxus or Taxus?

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 23:57

I believe David Austin's rose gardens are edged with yew at around 12 inches high and broad. Sir Roy Strong is also an advocate of dwarf hedging with yew. 

Recommend a good bird food?

Posted: 03/12/2015 at 00:34

In addition to sunflower hearts ( as recommended by all ) I feed supermarket value sultanas and supermarket value porridge oats on the ground under the bushes for the dunnocks robins and thrushes.  I also use the best quality, high fat content, suet balls I can afford, the cheaper ones are ignored.

Strangely, peanuts are also ignored in my garden.

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 21:59

Winter flowering honeysuckle. 

Hardy, almost evergreen, healthy and offering fragrant flowers in the depths of winter... but so, so boring to look at for 52 weeks of the year. Mine is coming out.

ID on giant wasp

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 22:22

 photo of a European hornet, just like in your original picture. Not an Asian hornet and not in need of eradication.


Posted: 03/11/2015 at 22:01

I borrow an old atco silent shredder which I think has been superseded by Bosch. It works by way of a slow turning cog like cutter which draws in the stems and chops/crushes them into 3/4 inch chunks which make a really good mulch. It will happily eat anything that fits into it up to around 1 1/2 inches.

The cheaper shredders tend to be those that have a fast spinning disc in the base with a pair of blades attached. My limited experience with these is that they can clog up and usually need to be opened up to clear them.

I'd recommend going to a specialist dealer and get a demonstration before parting with any significant sum.

Discussions started by Tootsietim

cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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