Latest posts by Tootsietim

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I borrow an old atco silent shredder which I think has been superseded by Bosch.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.

yew hedge

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 23:19

I don't like the idea of planting such large yew trees as they tend not to establish as well as smaller plants, as well as being far more expensive. 

As for spacing, at least two foot apart, so the individual plants have room to grow without competing.  ( Christopher Lloyd's father wrote a guide to yew hedges and recommended planting two foot apart and then as the hedge grew to remove alternate plants to leave four foot spacings. )  Smaller plants, 18 to 24 inches high will establish well and reach a six foot in about 4-5 years. 

If you type ' how to plant a yew hedge' in the search box above, you can watch a video by Monty Don on the subject.

Why can't I buy leaf mold from garden centers?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 22:57

A woodland garden in Norfolk used to sell small quantities of leaf mould.

I have often wondered what the councils do with the vast quantities of leaves that they collect each autumn. Many councils now compost household green waste so why not the leaves?

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 12:43

 Nice contrast in the garden this week.

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 12:22

 that didn't work.

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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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