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how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 00:16
As I thought, that is not an elderberry tree.

Importing tropical plants

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:05
When we flew back from Singapore last year the airline crew brought back boxes of orchids. A much better idea.

Having seen what we grow in the UK as house plants growing to full size in the gardens of Sydney I vowed never to try and grow stunted versions of those plants in my home. I even think growing tree ferns in this country is wrong having seen them growing naturally in Australia.

Some plants don't travel well, except as curiosities. Leave them in Thailand.

Bluebells as a table centrepiece

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 17:17
That post made me think of species tulips. They come in small sizes and would look nice planted in clay pots. There are many different ones. Bulb catalogues on the Web.

Storing onions

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:52
I find that red onions have more problems than brown ones. They seem more liable to bolt and they don't store so well, so use them first.

The greenhouse will also be damp I should think. Try and find a cool dry place for them.

Bluebells as a table centrepiece

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:46
Primroses will be happy in pots. They'll look lovely growing out of moss.

Growing hyacinth in a glass vase help please

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:42
You can use unprepared hyacinths, but they will flower when Nature intended; that is in the Spring.

You lose nothing by experimenting and you may be glad you tried.

Indoor treated bulbs.

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 10:14
It may be a 'sold out' situation as it's getting a bit late for Christmas flowering now, but they should still be around.

Don't forget little bulbs like Muscari and Iris as they are excellent too. Cheap to buy now but very expensive when they flower.

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 00:30
Goldfinches, we are talking about an elder tree are we? Huge is not a word I've heard used about an elderberry tree. They barely get above large shrub size. Certainly not large enough to warrent the attention of a tree surgeon.

Anyway, about the nests; now is the best time to remove them if you are going to do so. Birds usually build new nests each Spring as they are often destroyed by Winter weather anyway.

Winter 2014/15

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 01:17
If I remember correctly those that are supposed to know forecast a cold winter last year. And wasn't there something about a barbecue summer a couple of year's back. It was a wash-out.

crop protection

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 01:14
We used debris netting over the soft fruit and the cabbages this year. We put it on after any pollinating insects had done their work and we had the heaviest soft fruit crops we have ever had. The mesh is too fine for the cabbage whites to lay their eggs through.

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