Latest posts by Blueboots

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 14:48

When I moved here there were some aquilegia. They looked nice and I noticed they were quite expensive to buy in the garden centre so I thought they must be OK. They are not! They're all over the place and I'm removing them all now.

I bought a horseradish plant from a village fair, and a friend saw it sitting in it's pot on the patio. She told me it goes mad so I panicked and burned it so I didn't have any problems.

I'm glad I read this thread. We need to cover a lot of steep bank with something and were initially thinking of vinca major. Then we heard that was a bit manic so thought vinca minor would be OK. From your experience it seems not. I think we'll now go with plan b) heather. The park home site next door has planted a heap of vinca one-or-the-other. Will have to see if it comes over.

I'm trying hard to cultivate lily of the valley because I love the smell, and we had some where I lived as a kid. That garden was about 12' square though and not in much danger of being inundated. If I do succeed (it's not going well) what am I letting myself in for?

Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 12:49

We don't have starlings - not that I'm complaining.

I come from Liverpool, and when I moved to Swansea to go to college I had to ask someone what that gorgeous iridescent bird was. It was a starling, but I'd never seen anything like it. The ones in our back yard were all dirty grey!

We do have a lot of wood pigeons, but they hoover up all the seeds the goldfinches throw on the floor so that redeems them somewhat. I used to feed the finches mixed seed, but the little beggars would dig through the feeder till they found the stuff they liked, and throw the rest on the floor. Now they just get sunflower seed kernels, but are still messy eaters!

I watched a jay trying to get into a squirrelproof feeder yesterday - he didn't make it.

Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:55

My sister has a robin that comes into the kitchen for mealworms. It sees when they get up and hangs around outside the kitchen door for a handout. A bluetit has started to come in too.

Love the pictures Leadfarmer, and your garden.

drat and curses to this hot sunny weather

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:51

It must be summer as I got the fake tan out last week. Not that I want to look tanned you understand, I just want to get rid of the bone white look on my legs. My legs are so white it would frighten horses. The rest of me is white too, but that's not a problem as it rarely gets exposed.

How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:44

My garden is full of potential

Wow Berghill - an estate agent valued plants - and they were worth 20,000! I've never heard of anything like that before. Friends advised us not to buy this house because the garden was too big, and it would drive us mad. We wanted the house though so we bought it - and here I am now becoming a gardener!


Help needed identifying plants!

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:15

Time will tell ))

Tomato plants

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:41

Oh dear, I just planted some that big (well, small), outside, and I bought them from the garden centre last weekend.

I am optimistic - they will do well. They are trailing bush type ones, maybe they don't need to be too big.

Good luck Jessica Rose, keep us informed.


Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:33

...or the glorious British countryside on a summer's day!

I'm the same artjak, I just toe the line to lead a quiet life. I do get an earful if I mix red and white flowers. After extended arguments about whether or not to have trifle at my wedding (I won't bore you), I couldn't face a bigger one over green frocks. We compromised on turquoise.

Thinking about it, you don't get turquoise flowers do you? I'd never thought about that before.



Posted: 06/06/2013 at 10:59

I like everything everywhere, all at once. I made an impulse buy last week and got some mini white carnations (because they looked nice and I love the smell). Now I've put them by some magnificent white creeping stuff and am beginning to think I've mad a mistake - it's a bit boring. There's room for more plants so I'll probably throw in a heap of alyssum of all different shades, or maybe something else that grows riotous.

Must admit though, if I have a choice of plants in the garden centre I'm drawn to deep reds. I'm wary of mixing red and white though, for fear of being told off. My Mother in Law was a nurse and when she first started work she was given a rocket for putting red and white flowers in a vase together. Apparently it's bad luck. I wasn't allowed to have red and white flowers for my wedding, but yellow and white as nice.

...actually I wasn't allowed to have green bridesmaid dresses. My mother thought that was bad luck!

I like the colours in your border fidget.

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