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gail collins

i have just joined this site,i am wild about any thing to do with gardening,nature and wildlife,my garden is planted with any thing to attract,bees,butterflies,and birds,yrs ago if i found greenfly i would be annoyed,but now when i see them i think oooh lovely food for the birds and ladybirds etc but as a read on here there is a lot less aphids than there used to be,personally i think it is too much interference with nature,even the GM groing could be having a knockon affect.last yr i had a lot of lady birds on my californian lilac this yr none,i have only seen one 2 spot lady bird so far this yr, but butterflies were back a week ago so i put my butterfly feeder out and have not seen any since,last yr i hardly saw an butterflies,my buddlia is usually full of them but not las yr.


gail - what a great attitude - welcoming greenfly as food.

I find weeding is a whole lot easier if i think of it as harvesting material for my compost heap - the more the better !

gail collins

me too and a tip for any one if you find grass coming up between paving slabs etc get it up with a knife and plant in any bare patches in the lawn ,it soon fill them up xx


Hiya Gail.  Welcome.  Hope ??ou have a great summer in your garden

gail collins

hello Verdun nice to meet you xx



Hi Gail welcome to the site. I have left the greenfly to the wildlife and have found this works perfectly too, the blue tits do a brilliant job. If you have any questions about plants etc there are some very knowledgeable people on this site to help you out. I have called on their services many times. Hope you have a great time in your garden


Hi Gail,welcome to the site.enjoy your garden.

Heather Michaels

Hi Gail, I've also just joined this site today and what a help its been already! I'm a novice gardener, having not had a garden at all for the best part of the last 20 years (how have I survived??!!). I moved home 6 months ago and the garden here is random to say the least and hasn't been too well tended for the last couple of years at least so its quite a challenge. I'm still at the identifying everything stage so I know what to off, what to keep or resite etc but I'm also keen to keep it as wildlife friendly as possible. We have squirrels, badgers, foxes, rabbits and a menagerie of birds every day so its going to be fun trying to find the balance between man and animal! 

Welcome heather.  Everyone is very friendly here so hope you enjoy it


Hello Heather and welcome.

It sounds as if you have an exciting time ahead,developing a  garden is a wonderful opportunity.

Heather Michaels

Thank you Verdun and Gilly. I'm sure I'm going to love this site and I'm sure I'll get some really valuable help and advice - I'm going to need it!  Nice to meet you both 


Welcome girls you have joined a great site since i have joined members have been great giving advice and any other help enjoy.

Pennine Petal

Hello Gail and Heather, I'm sure you will enjoy the site. lots of good advice and help to be had.

Heather Michaels

Hello to Wintersong, Andy19 and Pennine Petal 




Welcome Gail and Heather   

We moved into a long-neglected garden 18 months ago and are still making lovely discoveries - it's great - and although we're on the edge of a city we have lots of wildlife too.  

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