Latest posts by Botticelliwoman

realy big empty garden

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 08:02

Just a thought, but think about breaking the space up into smaller spaces or 'rooms' which can be divided by hedges, walls or fences.  This will make the job less daunting as you're dealing with smaller gardens, the boundaries will help protect your plants from the wind and you can change the feeling of each room.  Also, if you make a mistake in planting or design, it won't be on a huge, glaring scale.  Good luck, I'm envious of the space you have to play with

Floppy Rose

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 07:51

I have a 'Lady Emma Hamilton' which I grew in a container for a couple of years and planted into the garden this year.  It's virtually flat with the rain but I'm hoping that as it grows into it's new space, the stems will strengthen to hold the weight of the flowers, or even better, that the second flowering won't be scuppered by rain for weeks on end!

No Ladybirds

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 07:11

Still have plenty of ladybirds but not seen any larvae - probably not looking hard enough!  This year the aphids are HUGE but mostly they've not been a real problem so something's chomping them.  Very few hoverflies but plenty of bees and since spring I think I've only seen 2 butterflies .

blanketweed in my wildlife pond

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 09:14

You do need more surface shade, which is difficult on a pond that size.  However it's still quite a new pond and they do take a while to settle down.  Keep dragging the blanket weed out and leave it on the side of the pond for a few days to make sure that all the living things can get back into the water, then compost it.  I think you may always have some blanket weed but hopefully as the habitat achieves a natural balance it will lessen.

Wildlife pond advice

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 09:06

Good luck, whatever you end up with! My pond is my favourite spot in the garden, apart from having plants there that won't grow anywhere else, I'm just like a kid when it comes to peering into the depths to watch tadpoles and beetles.  I love seeing the little frog heads popping up amongst the duck weed, watching the birds bathing, bees drinking and damsel and dragonflies flitting about; you're going to get hours of enjoyment!!!!

New site - bugs

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 08:55

Hi, for the last couple of days I've had a problem with my computer stopping responding whilst visiting the forum.  I can get onto the forum home page, no problem but as soon as I click on Latest Posts the computer stops responding and freezes.  I can however get in from google if I type ' + forum' and then a subject (today I put in 'bugs' to bring me straight to this page) and then all works well.....any ideas how to fix this?

Wildlife pond advice

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 08:08

Really you can have a pond of any size you want.  Some people can only have tiny ponds in their gardens but the biggest you can fit in the better.  Normally wildlife ponds don't have pumps but if you want to create a stream effect like wildlife kate then you have to have one (unless you're lucky enough to have a natural stream running through the garden).  I use a small floating solar fountain to help keep the algae and duckweed down and I believe you can get solar pumps but I'm not sure how effective they are.

Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 08:11

hypercharley......chicks get all their 'drink' from the caterpillars and grubs the parent birds feed them.  Adult birds get some from the same source but they also drink water.  I've seen them drinking from the bird bath, pond, puddles and the water trays under my plant pots, this is why it's very important to have a source of water in the garden for wildlife as just about everything that visits needs it to drink or bathe.

feeding wild birds

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 08:49

I'm wondering how easy to clean the 'tornado' feeder is?  You'll have to let us know LeadFarmer!
I find that the goldfinches hog the sunflower hearts and only deign to eat the nyger when the sunflower seeds are gone.  I liked the idea of baking trays on the bottom of the feeders though.  I bought a couple of feeders last year with round plastic trays on but found that the smaller birds wouldn't use the bottom feeder holes as it was too far to reach from the edge and they didn't like standing on the base of the tray.  The starlings just emptied the mixed seed out to get at what they wanted (fat pellets in the mix) so in about 10 minutes all the seed was in the tray....not good!

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 07:48


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