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Latest posts by trillium2cv

John Innes Compost

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 22:41

JI composts are (should be) made up to a fixed formula, and are soil based. Most of the others are peat or peat substitute based. Use whichever you are comfortable with. I rarely use any of them without altering them, by adding grit or sand or Perlite etc. or mixing a JI with a peat based. I remember many years ago getting some JI compost for my father who was shocked to find lots of grit in it. He sieved all out before using it.

Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 22:32

Wrong time of year. Store 'till spring and then start for shooting or split up as you want.

Plums Again

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 09:47

My only real experience is with the wild type, small plums. My trees were grown by myself from wild collected plums, sown ~1985. They are now trees higher than the house and are covered in fruit most years, some yellow, some blue. The yellow ripen earliest, maybe 2 months ago, the last are now falling off the tree. We pick them and use or feeeze them whole the same day. A friend collected a bucket full last week to make jam, removing the stones with a coarse collander before boiling down.

Talkback: How to deadhead lilies

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 20:50

Todays  project says -

Lilies are bursting into elegant and colourful blooms at this time of year. It's a dramatic sight, and one you can prolong by simply removing the flowers as they fade.

This says that it will "prolong flowering". It might tidy it up a bit but will it have any effect on flowering? Never knew you could get more flowers by "disbudding" with lilies.

Bird Food Suppliers

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 23:22

I use have used for some time now. Very good value and overnight delivery. Mostly only buy sunflower seed though. I find wasteage too high on any thing else and I don't get strange things growing from any that is spilled. I have recommended them to friends and had no complaints yet.

Schizostylis - growing tips

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 23:11

I have had them take over a boggy area. They prefer damp soil and increase by runners and seed, although the latter will not necessarily come true to type if you have bought a named form.

what is the triffid?

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:48

Doubt you can tell which sex it is until it flowers. Then compare your flowers with those down this page to see which you have.

Schizostylis - growing tips

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 21:57

Never had a problem over wintering in the garden, in Buckinghamshire. Seem to recall seeing them in a Scottish nursery garden too. Think they are quite tough.

wasp nest

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 23:42

If you are really badly allergic to bee or wasp venom, i.e. anaphylactic shock, impending doom etc. you can attend a desensitisation clinic in some areas, but it takes 2 -3 years of treatment, and does not suit everbody. I have been stung several times over the years, by bees and wasps, so it was quite a surprise to me to find someone "of advanced years" who had never been stung by a wasp before.

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 23:12

It can be difficult to be selective on what birds you want or don't want. How can I keep the woodpeckers, thrushes and blackbirds but deter the jackdaws and squirrels and pigeons, but the main problem is the rats on the food the other birds discard. I trap them and then leave them out for the Red Kytes so I and the neighbours can't use poisons, which don't work too well anyway. A tray beneath the feeder works quite well to catch food discard but the pigeons and jackdaws love it too.

Discussions started by trillium2cv

Blippar for Tablets and Phones

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Last Post: 01/03/2014 at 10:31

Talkback: Autumn crocus pot display

Looks a funny autumn crocus to me. More like Pickwick. 
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Last Post: 07/09/2013 at 12:39

Talkback: How to plant gladioli corms

I don't know who prepares these articles but if the corms are 6" deep in the picture then they are truly massive corms and the hand is sever... 
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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 13:37
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