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Latest posts by Verdun

Robins holding up business

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 17:07

went to use my secateurs kept in toolshed.  A birdsnest has been built over them.  

Ah well! I have another pair of secateurs but not happy with these squatters.  

The young usually emerge to perch on the beams....tatty looking but wonderful.  And they tend to accompany me in early spring when working in nearby veg patch....luverly 

birds nesting with you guys anywhere? 

Saving my muddy lawn

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 17:00

Cotty,,no magical solution I'm afraid. 

when wet and muddy can't you keep your dogs off the grass?

i would over seed with dwarf rye....tough everyday use mixture....and don't cut too short.

I used to keep a friend's lawn...well, grass really.....cut high and it always remained green.  Over past year a muppet who now cuts it has done so by scalping it.  The result is mud and very weak grass.

why do so many cut their grass too short?  They believe it means less mowing but it also means poor quality grass 

How to prevent clematis from wilting

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 16:53

Clematis wilt is certainly something to be wary about......I plant deep.  And mulch well. My feeling is that planted deep it will be protected below soil level.

agree though that snails are often the culprits.....snails and walls and climbers = snail damage. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 16:48

Best wishes too to yvie and Lily 

Topbird, have respect for us men please. I am shocked . Ok, maybe I don't always use my hankie but I frequently use my sleeve. have been known to wipe my nose on others' backs when hankies and sleeves are unavailable so pleeeeeeese, I do have standards 

Two plant ID's

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 16:39

Teuchrium fruticans for me Nut.  I grow Azureum compactum.

Not a gardening question but..........

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 16:34

I use an ipad too granma.  Desktop .Wndows well 

what "facilities" do you expect to pay for with Apple?  Microsoft Word is free as an app on ipad 

Apple products are very good quality.  

Windows 10 is proving good except for issues with updates.  The most recent messed up my wireless link to printer.....sorted it this morning...but I was able to print a letter to printer instead.

Macbook is expensive but I might replace desktop with one.  

Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 14:47


bin liner around the roots.  Treat it like a pot making sure it doesnt dry out or gets too wet there.  For a few weeks.  Not sure you need dig that wide but as big as you can...guessing about 5'?

Camelias respond well to pruning.  Once growing away again it will be much bushier. Main thing is to avoid early morning prevents frozen buds thawing too quickly and then aborting.

Your soil needs to be neutral at least...I would simply mix in ericaceous john innes when planting.  


Posted: 09/03/2016 at 12:30

Can I have the blue ones Lesley? 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 12:23

The wind is still causing problems......roofs on local Morrisons and Bookers have blown off and blowing large pieces of metal around the area.  They have fenced it off.

storms Imogen and Jake?  This is far, far worse.  

Having said that,  it is dry and sunny here.  In the garden it is really warm and 

I have got a lot of work done.  Protected by a wall and trees from the coast side and the sound of the wind up there is still a mighty roar. 

Cornwall has met the brunt of the storm and it is heading for France and south east England.  good riddance ! 

spring tomorrow though folks .  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 08:47

Winds still causing damage down here.....roofs damaged, blown off, trees down, roads blocked.  Just heard this storm doesnt have a name because it is " not big enough" .  Far stronger winds than anything from Jake, etc. 

It is brighter now but no decrease in those winds.

batten down folks if its heading your way 

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