Latest posts by yarrow2

Blue tit fledgling advice

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 03:12
aym280 says:

ecokid: Crikey, you managed to take a photo of a blue tit. It's very difficult to photograph them. Today, I saw one darting here and there and I just could not capture it. Very elusive but beautiful bird!

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aym280 - I know what you mean about trying to photograph these lightning fast bluetits.  I recently upgraded to a decent camera and am just learning to use it - I've always wanted to capture one of those great 'in flight' shots of a bluetit.  No such luck yet.  My best chances have come from watching where they fly to just before they go to the bird pole.  My last year's Christmas tree, which I meant to saw up, is still lying against a fence and I've left it there as the birds always land on it before going to the feeders on the bird pole.  They seem to ponder there a few seconds before hitting the feeder and so I manage to get some 'still' photos if I'm patiently waiting for them.  Otherwise - they're just maddeningly fast gymnasts who test my patience!  But great fun to watch.

Last edited: 24 May 2016 03:13:32

rose issues

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 02:49

This Spring, I didn't manage to prune my new roses which were planted in tubs last year and year before last.  Only this last fortnight have I managed to get into the garden and they are all leggy - thinner than a  pencil, bar one which I've transplanted into a bed - dark red leaved thick-stemmed 'National Trust' red rose.

I thought it was too late this year to prune them down and have summer blooming, so I only pruned about 6" off the top as some already had buds.  They were sold as 'climbers' but the same roses are often described as 'bush'.  I have lazily decided they can be left as 'climbers' and I've bent the stems horizontally as far as the stems could be arched down.   I replaced the top couple of inches with fresh compost, gave a good granular rose feed and watered in and then mulched with a few inches of horse manure.  They look happy enough - just long thin stemmed.  I had hoped the stems I arched over horizontally and tied in might produce some vertical shoots - but at this late stage perhaps that's wishful thinking!   One, in a bed, had grown so spindly tall but has lots of buds - that I've just 'plunked' (!) an obelisk over it and tied the stems in and thought I'd prune them all as normal next year - just to save the buds on then already this year.

I assumed May was too late to prune them down to two thirds - and thought that as they are so young to my garden that I ought not to prune them at all this year anyway.

I'm not sure whether to leave them as I have them now or whether to just prune them all down now.  I don't want to lose the early blooms on the repeat bloomers.

I always thought I would be a bit of a risk with roses!  But they are so very lovely when they bloom - which is how you get drawn in!!!


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 02:28

Thanks GD2.  I must save some seedheads this autumn and try.  My favourites are 'Leonard's Variety' but they all seem to have disappeared this year and been overrun with my other favourite 'Lemon Drops'.  My tall orangey ones I think were Princes Julianne from planting in 2012 - they are hugely tall, but a stunning colour.  I've planted a couple of Lady Stratheden this year so will try also to get some seedheads from them.  They haven't flowered yet.

Last edited: 24 May 2016 02:30:23

ID would be great

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:20

Hurrah!  Thanks so much Dove and punkdoc.  I knew you'd get me back in the zone. x

ID would be great

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 01:57

Have three clumps of these which I planted last year and I can't remember what they are.  It's a well known plant - I'm just suffering name amnesia after months of non-gardening.

They also seem to have been attacked by mealy bugs and allsorts already.

Last edited: 19 May 2016 01:58:23


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 01:51

Someone on here advised me last year about 'Heaven Scent'.  It's wonderful - and as the poster on here advised - after the beautiful summer scent it produces lovely bright berries for autumn and winter.  It seems to be tough as old boots as well as it has survived it's first year in a tough environment and come up absolutely covered in buds and looks healthy as anything.

Pieris forest flame

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:34

Sorry about previous wordy post.  I found it uploaded the photo when I reduced it size to less than half of what it was.   But I still can't see anything on the top right of this box.  Just the letter 'E' and nothing else.  It did seem to be the choice for uploading a photo - but I just can't see what is there.  Can anyone tell me what I should see on the top right of this reply box - this is so different from the old layout which I could see perfectly.

Pieris forest flame

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:27

Hi Lee.

I have 2 Pieris 'Forest Flame' in different parts of my small garden.  Last year, one which was on one side had its roots crushed by the huge roots of a neighbours tree growing around it under the surface.  Took me two years to realise this was the problem.  We had the big tree removed last summer and I transplanted the Forest Flame further along the garden assuming it would thrive.  It didn't.  Leaves fell off, stems turned hard and it looked all but dead.

Two weeks ago I dug it up again and transplanted it in a tub of ericaceous compost and whilst it still looks barren - it is coming to life and has produced spring red foliage on a branch on the left.  I have it in the stick corner though out of the way. 

I tried to put a photo here but with this new format, I can only see an 'E' appearing in the right top corner of this box where we type in comments.  I can't see the photo icon at all.  It went to 'Browse' to find my photo and I've tried it twice.  But until I hit the 'post reply' pink button at the bottom - I've no idea if the photo will appear in this post - or you may get two photos where I've tried twice.  Then again, no photo at all may appear

Last edited: 18 May 2016 20:32:16


Posted: 12/05/2016 at 00:47

Well done you!

I'd like to try getting seeds from flower heads this year.  Do you have time to explain how you did it as I've never been sure what to do>

Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 18:32

What a great fun idea.  Well done you!

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