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Sap or pest?

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 07:27

I haven't seen a Dracaena in flower before and am therefore rather envious of you.

Apparently the flowers are highly fragrant.

A brief search shows that they will exude sap if they are stressed, so perhaps the strain of flowering is the cause. I don't think it is anything to worry about unduly.


Missing plant

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:52

I have heard of gardens that open to the public not labelling their more prized specimens due to thefts.

Bird Poo

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:51

Similar problem at work with pigeons and doves roosting and leaving large piles of muck. Often one bird of a pair will sit away from the nest in a favourite spot while it's mate is on the nest.

 In the garden a blackbird often roosts in the same spot and messes on the compost heap. ( yay).

I can only suggest you remove any perch they are using, or make it unusable.

I'm afraid that the wildlife and countryside act makes the shooting of birds in your garden strictly off limits.

Missing plant

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:41

The wheelbarrow marks led about twenty yards up the path. Then there was a clean square on the road where a trailer had been. Must have taken them ages. 

Ironically, the muck came from the village pig farm who, if I remember rightly all those years ago would supply a farm trailer load for about two quid.  So hardly worth the risk.

laying new turf

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:37

The biggest problem with new lawns is with the soil settling unevenly. This results in humps and hollows. Sometimes this is caused by organic matter ( manure or tree roots etc. ) rotting and creating holes into which the turf falls. This shouldn't be an issue with your lawn. The other problem is the soil not being firmed evenly before laying the turf.

I would recommend treading firmly and evenly, with your weight on your heels, all over the area and then rake level. This should knock out any clods of soil and fill any hollows. Take your time and get this right. Once the turf is down, you will never be able to get under it again.  

One last thought, is there any chance of the backfill soil in your new drains settling down any more?  if so, then I would probably leave the turfing until it has rained a few times to see how the land settles.

Missing plant

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:25

sadly it sounds like a human thief, I can't think of any reason for an animal to remove a buddleja. Even if there was good handful of fish, blood and bone to attract the foxes, I can't imagine they would take it far.

In the past we have had hedge plants stolen and memorably we lost a ton of pig manure one night.

Peat based composts

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:19

If I remember correctly from my college days, Sphagnum peat ( moss peat) has a low natural pH whereas sedge peat is more variable depending on the water pH in which it was deposited. Most commercial composts will be adjusted to provide a fairly neutral pH suitable for a wide range of uses. Ericaceous composts are formulated from moss peat to be low pH ( acidic) . In pots and containers, ericaceous composts will provide acidic conditions, in the open garden, the use of ericaceous compost is pretty pointless as the natural pH of the soil water will be dominant.

Additionally, when peat is added to the garden, it fairly quickly starts to decompose and so is only a short term solution to soil improvement.

President Obama

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:00

our country's relationship with any other country is always conditional.

World leaders shaking hands with each other is hardly new. ( e.g. Churchill and Stalin )

I for one am happy to hear the views of anyone of the stature of Obama (c.f. Putin) as just one more strand of information to help me decide how I shall vote.

p.s. just for the record, I find Boris Johnson's criticism that Obama is being hypocritical a bit odd considering that the USA is itself a federal union of 50 states albeit with a longer history of cooperation than the EU.

Long tailed tits are back!

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 20:16

One of my favourite birds to watch. 

They are vulnerable to nest predation, and many nests will fail each year. Often, the adult birds, if they lose their nest, will go and help a nearby related pair to feed their young instead. This way they at least help the family gene pool to continue.

Their nests, made of spider web, lichen and feathers are a marvel of nature.

Rhubarb in a potato sack?

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 09:44

My rhubarb spent over a year out of the ground, having fallen behind a compost heap. I think you'll be fine.

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cuttings from wallflowers

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