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Latest posts by Wintersong

Nesting bees

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 22:52

Let them bee...if the queen has chosen her spot, then so bee it.

I had a bumble bee nest in my flower border right on top of my sun spot last year without the slightest trouble. You can hear them, you can watch them, I even filmed them, I never once felt any conflict and I honestly spent a lot of hours sun bathing and reading there.

The nest was taken over by a cuckoo bee that doesn't have nest building abilities and Bumble bees only live for forty days, so the whole thing was defunct by July.

Contrary to popular opinion, bumble bees don't swarm and a lot of them can't even sting,

May In Your Garden

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 19:42

@Debbie, great job! And figrat is correct, turf should be stacked face to face.

@figrat, rats! Omg! Poor you

May In Your Garden

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:16

Been really busy this week, at my parents yesterday weeding and arranging their garden better and attacking my bottom patch today, digging, weeding, leveling and landscaping with the remains of my rubbish pile being collected tomorrow. Yippee, I will officially have reached the end of my garden with no more massive landscape work to do.

All I have to do now, is fill with plants  

Chelsea!

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 08:38

Thank you gardenfantic, I'll certainly check out what's on the red button and try to discover a way to do those in my garden. I think the essence of Chelsea and the other gardening shows is not just a festival of new plants but also new ideas.

Most of the gardens don't directly translate to the average backyard and I think most of the time a mortgage would be needed to build one, but I'm sure there is an idea or two for every taste and budget.

Bark mulch

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 09:46

I use bark mulch extensively in my garden every spring and the birds do indeed fling it about. Every now and then, I have to pick it off the lawn or a nearby plant.

I think it depends on what type of birds are feeding in the area which is perhaps less frequent in public places? I'm no wildlife expert, just guessing.

I have populations of Sparrows, Blackbirds, Blue tits, Ring neck Doves, Thrushes, Magpies and others in my neighbourhood but only the Blackbirds fling stuff around. The Thrushes would probably cause a nuisance if they were more frequent visitors to my garden and I've yet to see a Magpie land (only sit in the trees).

May In Your Garden

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 13:17

Been landscaping the very bottom end of my garden which has been a rubbish pile for too long!

I'm a bit surprised by how open the space has become, half the rubbish is gone and the half will go just as soon as I can arrange transport to the tip.

Digging was very easy on my soil despite the builder's rubble although I did squeal once or twice over the humongous spiders and I have a whole sack of bindweed for my troubles. That's the last of it in my garden after 17yrs, apart from one or two annoying sprouts under one of my trees and buried into concrete posts that will have to be sprayed instead.

Chelsea!

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 13:07

I'm happy with the judging overall and would very much like to extend my warmest congratulations to Chris Bearshaw and his students for their triumph over fashion! And also Kazuyuki Ishihara and all the other medal winners for jobs well done.

Chelsea!

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 07:56

I really love Kazuyuki Ishihara's Satoyama Life  garden. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningpicturegalleries/9279823/Chelsea-Flower-Show-2012-Artisan-gardens.html

So many details like the stones used to edge the paths, the beutiful Acer trees and ferns and those gorgeous green humps of moss? I didn't catch what they were, but if I could have any garden in my back yard, (whatever the weather) I'd be very very happy with something like that!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 10:34

Cold wind in Kent, the sun is trying to shine but there is so much cold cover keeping down temps.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 10:33

No gardening today since the wind is flipping cold again. Finally have my alliums begining to break and the first of my poppies is opening today. Group two Clematis are all in flower now barring The President which is growing healthy but no sign of flowers yet...it hasn't flowered for a few years

Hostas are looking gorgeous at this time of year, Foxgloves are showing their flower spires now and some other plants such as my Canyon salvias and Convolvulus Cneorum are lagging with all this cold, but at least they are alive.

Inside, my Basil seedlings need pricking out, 3/4 50p bargain plants are making slow but stable progress and the march cuttings I took of Penstemons and Phlox are finally showing roots.

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