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Drama in the compost heap

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 21:02

So what is the large Grass Snake in my garden living on? There is no pond here, some years there are a few toads, but nothing really for this kind of creature.

Tatty-looking, web-festooned plants

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:56

Kathy It is just the time of the year; borders always look a bit exhausted by August. Make sure everything is well watered and possibly feed flowering plants, cut off dead looking bits hose down tired looking foliage if there has not been any rain and enjoy the rest of the summer.

Aubergines

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:52

Oldtimer2, In the past I have let them grow till they are as large as the ones that I buy. This year they seem to be taking longer to mature, may have to re-think my strategy

Caretaker couple- Italy

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:42

Sadly Flossie Flo pretty much attacks other dogs if I am around (like I need a body guard with legs 4" long) she is fine in the mixed kennels, or when staying with friends, it is just her mission in life to keep an eye on me

I have spent too much of my life living and working abroad to want to do that again; I love the English countryside - I am living in paradise, why move?

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:37

Hester, I always cut back the delphs hard after they have bloomed and they keep on going, year after year, often with a second bloom

Herniaria Glabra

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

I think that is what my little lawn area provides Nut. I will be cutting the lower branches off the pear tree in the centre of the lawn in the Autumn as am fed up with mowing the lawn and feeding the birds bent double! I am hoping someone who has grown this will tell me if it will seed all over the flower bed Or if it is very hard to establish.

Beautiful Thugs

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:27

Obelix, I had problems growing Chinese Lanterns and really persevered; then they tried to take over the County!. it took days of digging, down to nearly 1 metre to get rid of the roots, which filled 3 sacks. That was after about 3 or 4 years of growth I think. Plant Nurseries really should warn about toxic plants and also invasive ones.

Having said that, Japanese Anemones are not invasive where I have put them; poor soil and pretty dry.

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:21

I expect a complete, guided photographic tour, since I can't make it. I will post pics of wonderful Hunstanton allotments in exchange

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:18

Stunning Verdun

Discussions started by artjak

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 22:51

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Last Post: 30/07/2014 at 09:23

Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 12:54

Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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Last Post: 20/07/2014 at 10:16

More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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