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April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 10:53

@Kate1123, talking of slugs and snails...not sure if it's my imagination or what, but I am observing a general indifference to the pellets I'm using (best on the market!) This morning's peruse around my patch caught me seven snails in my Sisyrinchium and a massive fat slug in my Phormium all of which were living quite happily next to the poisonous pellets! I always try to scatter them right inside susceptible plants so as to keep them away from foraging birds etc.

Anyone else making similar observations?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 09:11

Raining this morning here in Kent. Looks like it might decide to do that all day long

April in Your Garden

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 09:07
Koalagirl wrote (see)

There was such a nice pink sunset last night that I was fooled into thinking it may be OK today.

I saw it too, it was beautiful and the first this year!

Gardeners world pond

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 22:51

Alan Titchmarsh did something similar on one of his spin off programs. He cut turf to size and laid its top edge into the water, saying that the grass will draw water from the pond half way back across the exposed liner, the back half of the turf taking its water from the ground as normal.

Don't know if this is appropriate for what you want, but that's how he did it.

Lavender - how to plant/space out so as to let plants thrive?!

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 22:37

You have varieties of what is commonly known as English Lavender. The Munstead is just a bit shorter and more compact.

Lavenders like conditions dry and sunny so you should add lots of grit when planting, especially in containers. They don't like wet feet in the winter so some people sit them on a pile of grit when planting, and don't be too kind to them, they are tough plants really.

The worst thing that happens with Lavenders is that people don't prune them so they grow and grow and get all sprawling and ugly.

Plant them with a space between each plant that is the plants mature size or just a little bit less to keep them neat together, so if the label says its width will be 12 inches when mature, the gap between each plant should be 10-12 inches. And, really, Monty advises to cut them back the first year, to promote good bushy growth.

The idea is to cut back as far as you see new growth, but not into old wood, because they don't grow from old wood. Now is a great time to trim them for flowering late summer and you can trim them late summer to bush them up a bit. but not too late because the frosts will damage tender new growth. 

They grow fast so next summer should see an amazing display.

That's all I know Good luck

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 19:18

Early today I was checking my Clematis nose-to-buds when I noticed an earwig bottom sticking out of the support cane. On further inspection, there were two inside that have since been removed. That's a total of three earwigs eating approximately twenty buds between them. Miss Bateman is tasty!

I removed all the support canes and hope to save this beauty further attack. Perhaps a word of warning for novice growers not to use canes with holes in them

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 19:01

Blues skies all day in South East England. Lovely gorgeous beautiful spring day all the more precious for being so rare!

April in Your Garden

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 18:55

Hey guys. Third try posting as earlier I blue screened and then when I came back I wasn't signed in!

Grrrr. Anyhow, those with rabbit problems get my full sympathies! I know how heartbreaking it can be to have all your dreams ruined. And get well soon to Inkadog's finger!

Well, I've been a busy girl today landscaping two areas and a big shift around so all my veg beds are now down the very bottom and the middle garden is half way to one big lovely empty full sun bed.

The sun has been shining all day and because both area have never been planted in, the soil is s**t! Which means all that digging wasn't so bad after all.

Here is the progress so far, excuse the mess! All hand dug by moi...

 I'm over the moon with the Veg plot although the soil is rubbish this year, its a work in progress

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 09:47
jude5 wrote (see)

Wintersong - had blackbirds in the ivy on the wall opposite my kitchen window a few years ago - lovely to watch - until one of the nestlings fell into the 'water feature' below- have felt guilty ever since 

Thanks for the heads up! I will certainly make sure underneath is clear of dangers!

April in Your Garden

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 09:42
kate1123 wrote (see)

Wintersong more photos will always be appreciated

I'm staggering them or you will soon get fed up of my spam!

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