Latest posts by yarrow2

3 separate questions...

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 19:49

Andy - you probably have checked this already - but your lame branch on your apple, has it a break where it meets the stalk, come away a bit, or have a puncture of some kind at the bottom?

Other thought - the longer branches look near to touching the fence - has the fence recently been treated with something?

Last edited: 01 May 2017 19:50:37

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:56

Gosh Dove/nut - that lemon is beautiful.  What a joy!

Not much blooming here as I've dug out or cut back most of the old Spring things to make a change for next year.  Just a few plants dotted about here and there with loads of perennials just beginning to re-appear with loads of annual seeds coming up as well in the gaps

Ranunculus Brazen Hussy - is at the exposed end of a little rockery patch and they come up every Spring and go down just before summer starts..  Tough as old boots here.

Last of the Bergenia Bressingham White

Erysimum Muurbloem x hybrida Red Jeps (Wallflower)

Honesty have popped up here and there.

Primula sieboldii 'Alba' - have a few of these which are lovely small plants but they have never spread at all after 4 years so I need to work on that.

Geum 'Flames of Passion' which I love.

Last edited: 30 April 2017 02:58:40

Dierama pulcherimum (Angels Fishing Rods)

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:35

Thanks hogweed.  Yes I know.  I had just envisioned them in two particular spots which would have been so lovely.  But hey ho - this is the life as we know it and love it.

Teabag technology

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:24

I always cut the 'tea bags' off before I plant - but on saying that, as I've been dividing and transplanting some things this last couple of weeks, I did discover some plants I had bought a few years ago, which never thrived, all still have the 'tea bag' - so I've cut them off to see if the plants might improve.  They must take a long time to degrade.  I was surprised at still finding so many and especially as some had initially been bought in pots as reasonable sized plants and I when I'd planted them, I couldn't even see they had been grown in the 'tea bag'.

Last edited: 30 April 2017 02:25:37

Before & after

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:21

That's absolutely lovely.  Well done.


Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:19

I have a couple peeking through about an inch.  There were 5 lovely purples planted in a group two years ago.  First year - flowered beautifully.  Last year - massive leaves - no flowers.  Looks like they are coming up again this year but might as well dig them out if they won't flower.  The leaves looked so bloomin' healthy and strong as well.

If the leaves come up really well - but they didn't flower at all last year - should I maybe feed them now or should I just pull them out?

I have no idea about gladiola - but maybe I should just dig them out and use the space for something else.

Problem with my magnolia

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:15

Dove - the number of times I've done soil tests on different bits of the garden using tap water and not thought at all about what is in the tap water which would affect the test.  No wonder I've made so many bad decisions about what to place where with different readings all over the garden and lost plants.

My light bulb is obviously needing seriously switched on sometimes!

Nest boxes

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:09

Wow!  It's great to see these pictures and read about what's happening in your boxes.

Bird ID

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 19:00

Hi Zenjeff - thanks for the response about the pond beach end.  I need to create something which looks like only a beach end - maybe with a container of some kind dug down in and a nice collection of various sized stones to surround it.  But I suppose if I do it with only a container to refresh water every day, I'll have to make it so that I can easily lift the container out and not disturb whatever I surround it with.  Have to get thinking cap on - and order some of those type of mixed sized lovely rounded stones.

Thanks for mentioning the goldfinch 'shot'.  I was however about 20 feet away hand-holding the camera with a reasonable (but not great) zoom lens on - and - ha ha - this shot was the only one in focus as it was difficult from so far away, heavy lens, shaky hands - and tiny bird on bamboo swaying in the wind.  So having to be honest - it was one nearly focussed shot out of a burst of about 20!  (I'm practising with a DSLR that I've had for a year and am still finding it a bit hit or miss).

Dierama pulcherimum (Angels Fishing Rods)

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 18:29

Might end up with two posts here by mistake.  I had already typed this one, it disappeared - and I THINK I'm re-typing the same info.

Update to my '2' plants in the big pot.  Decided to put one in the garden.  Cautiously removed it with soil ball, held it mid-way down the stem and dipped it a few times in the water bucket to clear off the soil.  As I lifted it out it split into three sections - as per photo.  Face fell at this as when I bought both plants, I chose these ones as they looked as if they had enough shoots/leaves to signify a maturity which would mean they were likely to flower over the next 2-3 years at least.  But this one came apart with no human intervention other than a dip in water.  Perhaps I'm unreasonable to be a bit disappointed it's broken up with no pressure, they were quite expensive as single plants - OR maybe they are just like this and come apart so easily?   

Didn't know what to do about these three sections, so have planted them a couple of inches apart in a sort of circle.  I put 3 inches of horticultural grit in the base of the hole and mixed fish,blood and bone with the in-fill soil and watered.  But to be honest, I'm not hoping for anything now for years - if these three cormy bits survive.  (The pot both plants were in had horticultural grit mixed in for over-wintering supposedly to stop too much wet over winter and rotting - maybe it wasn't enough).

The second 'plant' - I just moved to the centre of the pot with it's soil ball so didn't see if it too would likely have split into bits.  Again, just put grit in bottom of hole in pot, fish blood and bone, watered and firmed in.

Not feeling very hopeful about these as I'm imagining that they are not the easiest to get established having read the posts above and am thinking I'll have to wait years and years now in hope of anything near flowering.  But, not the end of the world of course but had I anticipated this fuss (self-inflicted I admit), I might have felt I'd spent the money more wisely. 

Last edited: 29 April 2017 18:35:44

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