Can we talk about plans, plants, favourite flowers, success stories, funny failures. Let's get our hands dirty and have some good clean fun.
Latest Activity: Mar 20, 2015
I have used mothballs to keep the coons away, but never knew it would work for the squirrels.
Annette, maybe you are going to have to use a trap to release it elsewhere if nothing else works.
They really can be funny to watch, but infuriating when it comes to trying to grow bulbs or feed birds. I know they don't like safflower seeds, but most birds do.
I have a favourite computer game called Garden Rescue in which you place vegetables strategically to ward off invading bugs and slugs. Yesterday I finally cracked the last Challenge level. It shows no defenses against squirrels though, and already they have been into the tulips I just planted. I used a lot of the recommended tricks - planted the bulbs deeply, with Fritillaria and covered with blood meal. I have to admire this smart little squirrel though. I've watched him in action and he does appear to be very clever. I guess I will just have to be more so.
Sorry you lost one Annette. Mine have not grown much either and the are protected. We drove past our old home in Stouffville and when my sister was visiting us from New Zealand she bought me 2 Bridal Spirea. I could not believe the size of them in 10 years. Way past the height of the fence. They are so very beautiful when they bloom in may. I must get some for my back yard!!
Ishbel, I just got my two Rhodos this summer and I don't think one survived the drought. The other seems to be doing quite well but hasn't increased in size much. Anywhere I've seen them growing they have been very large trees, sort of like lilacs. I understand they like acidic soil and the one I still have is protected by cedar trees.
Can anyone tell me how big rhodedendroms (wrong Spelling) grow one season. I bought 2 this year to put near our fence in the back yard.
Annette, I know you are a lover of them!!
Have a good Sunday everyone!!
I'm hoping the two Clematis I planted this year will survive. The drought has killed one other. My cousin has one that was in full bloom last week covered with white flowers. She said it is a native plant, so I'll be on the lookout for that.
Here's that last clematis, taken from my new phone of which I'm very impressed. Poor flower is very bug eaten, but it it the end of September
Linda, I'm trying t remember what was there., I've been moving things around . Right now there is a purple sandcherry and an osier dogwood, with hostas as ground cover and in the corner by the door there is a pink spirea and a ping clematis.
Oh speaking of clematis' I have one out in bloom now at the corner of the house. I didn't think it was going to bloom because I moved it so late and it has been in the shade and went into full sun. But I guess it's okay.
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