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April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:45

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Okay, some more photos to cheer everyone up (thats if you like them) I have thousands, but here's just a few...

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April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:26

I must invest in more spring flowers! I love taking flower photos and painting flowers.

It's a pretty old camera now a days, but I just love the extraordinary shapes and textures to be found in nature.

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 Alliums from last May...

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 I love ivy and have clumps of it growing in the borders...it makes mounds and doesn't flower and looks stunning to my eye...

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:18

I'm always dividing mine, every summer. I have too many now! So some will go in the garden this year. They are so difficult to kill that a few spare ones sat in an empty seedtray all winter and they are still alive!

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April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:42

Oh David Spikes! This is all happening today in your garden? How lovely it is looking!

My herbaceous growth is still languid

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 18:47

I pity your flood Rainjustlearning!

I have a nesting pair of Blackbirds in my Ivy, right above my kitchen window. I'm so happy about that 

April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 18:39
kate1123 wrote (see)

Wintersong I thought Vine Weevils loved Sempervivums too ???

Never found any in me Sempervivums to date but I will certaintly keep a beady eye open thanks!

Garden Gallery

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:07

Really love this one. Well done you!

April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 15:23

Did manage to get out for a wee bit (not a bit of a wee).

It's very blustery here, soil is sopping wet, just did some pottering around, moving my cuttings up to the top garden where I can keep an eye on them and treat for Vine weevil which reminds me, one pot of sedum gone to grub. I will be emptying it out tomorrow and killing said critters. I lifted the stalks of what remained and found a nice sandy patch in my middle garden where I stuck the stalks in the soil. Sedum is a prolific spreader and should root. I don't mind plants that need taming so long as I invited them in the first place. I think I'll transfer all my Sedums to the ground in the next month and save the pots for Sempervivums in future as those Vine Weevil just love them too much.

Also took a peek around the base of my sickly Phormium. I've feed it and watched for slugs but its leaves are definitely dying and any new growth seems inhibited.

I dug around it with experimental optimism of moving it to a sandier location because I think the soil is a bit rich in that spot but I was stumped. The beast wouldn't move and what roots I did unearth look damn happy, so I have scratched out the soil from its base and mulched the area in the hope that its happy where it is, but just wants more crown exposed. DOn't worry, I haven't left the thing bare, but I do have a tendency to plant things in huge lush holes and bury them under ten tonnes of soil.

Talkback: Identifying bumblebees

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 15:11

reeree: A Bumblebee usually finds flowers by serendipity and will report back to her nest with directions if its a particularly good patch of something. (only late summer bumblebees are male drones)

Flowers use colour, scent, huge petals, perfume or other alluring methods to attract insects. There is an Iris flower that even mimics the look and markings of a female bee to get the males to land on it!

So your Bumblebee probably knows there should be flowers on your veg patch and was having a good look around to find them

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 12:49

South-East Inland: very windy here, but at least there's no rain.

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