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Yvie, I covet everything in your garden from the Magnolia (I've never owned one but always wanted one) to your trees to your hostas to your Euphorbia foliage to your patio contrasting foliage and I spotted a gorgeous stone wall as well. The photos also seem to communicate a really lovely atmosphere for me anyhow.

Lilylouise as ever, your garden is inspirational and I would love to get mine as rich in height and texture as yours. Some parts of my garden lack maturity because I did not have the money to fence the entire garden 17yrs ago, so we left the end and concentrated on the top part for privacy.

Then again, I now have the pleasure of transformation with a lot more experience these days, and making choices of plants and shrubs that I want rather than those I can afford.

Enjoyed those photos xx


I had a bees nest in my garden last year by accident and watched quite a lot of drama unfold. I love bees very much!


Nice bum Mr Bumble!  Cute picture David, thanks.

Thanks for your kind words Wintersong.  I too love Lilylou's garden.  The maturity of the plants make such a difference to a garden I think, but of course that comes with time and patience doesn't it.  I tend to buy baby or small plants, especially when it comes to shurbs, because of cost, and will just have to wait for them to get to the size I want or need, for their particular space.  I also like that fact that she doesn't have a square inch of bare soil.  It makes my garden look and feel, gappy.



Thats fab David.    My house is dated 1590.  I might now be encouraged to do some more digging!



Oh, I see David, very funny     Maybe I'll get onto that quarry instead.




What a brilliant piece of history!


  Yes! Bound to have been him.


Gary Hobson

I don't own a cat, but next door's cat is often in my garden.

I've often heard about catmint (Nepeta) and thought I'd give it a try. Last weekend I planted two small plants in a tub (the plants are still alive; just)...



hahaha. Cat looks so happy.


I love the photo of the Bee's bum,David

Gary , that pussycat really loves your tub

Thankyou Everyone for the lovely comments about our garden - much appreciated

Eddie J

Another rained off day, so rather than waste it, I decided to come up with yet another oak sculpture. I hope to finish it at the weekend.

Gary Hobson

Catmint contains a mildly hallucinogentic chemical. Susceptability to catmint in cats is genetic. Catmint only effects about 50% of cats.

I believe that humans can also take catmint, in tea, as a relaxant. There's a lot more about the herbal uses of catmint here:

Herbal Uses of Catmint

If anyone owns a cat they really ought to invest in some catmint, if only to see the remarkable effects that it has on the cat. The cat, apparently, does love the stuff.


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Nice photos wintersong, whats the name of this plant please?

So, here's what got me out in  the rain today:



To at  least give our catmint a fighting chance we put an upturned wire hanging basket over the plant.That way the cats do not eat it to the roots or lie on it.