Latest posts by Botticelliwoman

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 08:19

I get rooks (there's a noisy rookery close by) and jackdaws who amaze me with their cleverness, flocks of starlings who clear the leatherjackets from the lawn, a sparrowhawk whose flying skills are jaw-dropping.  The occasional squirrel, cheeky and acrobatic, ditto a rat who is attracted to the same things the mice, voles and hedgehogs are.  Huge fat wood pigeons and masses of collared doves, of which I can't find anything to praise but they're part of the garden ecosystem (it is generally collared dove feathers I find in a huge pile in the grass).  Oh, and a few neighbourhood cats!

I've stopped putting anything that contains suet pellets in the feeders as the starlings chuck everything out but the pellets and empty the feeders in no time.  The mix with the pellets goes out in small quantities on the table and I top it up throughout the day.  I shoo the pigeons off whenever I catch them over-feeding their faces but they have young to feed too so I'm not over zealous.

We have created an unnatural environment and we need to tolerate 'the wrong kinds of birds' or stop feeding them all together.

spindly cosmos seedlings

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 08:03

I had the same problem and just potted them on, buried up to their necks and put them outside in a grow house, they're doing fine now

Looking for good quality peat free compost

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 07:20

You could try getting in touch with your local council to find out what happens to the green waste collection.  Often the companies that recycle the green waste sell compost to the public.

Talkback: Blanket weed in garden ponds

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 08:15

Get a stick and twirl it through the weed.  If you can't be bothered to poke through it to rescue beasties, just leave it on the side of the pond so they can slither and crawl back into the water.  Do this in stages always leaving some of the weed in the pond.  The easiest way to cut down on blanket weed is to have plants shading the surface, either floating plants or marginals

Favourite tools

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 08:43

An old serrated kitchen knife, great for getting the weeds out between paving stones and a chop-stick for lifting and dibbing seedlings.


Posted: 28/04/2012 at 08:29

Nope, you can pot hostas in copper pots, I saw a great one once in an old copper coal-scuttle.....mind you, the hosta itself could have been in a plastic pot that was just sat in the scuttle, either way, the woman who planted it had no problems with the slimy ones.

cost of entrance to gardening shows

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 07:40

I agree, the prices are astronmical, especially when you factor in the cost of getting there and (unless you take your own picnic) the cost of food and drink.  Last weekend my friend and I went to the Newark Garden show....£5 to get in, only 40 odd miles away....rather than go to Harrogate (£16 entrance fee and a lot further than Newark).  We bought some great plants for a fraction of the cost they'd be at Harrogate so we didn't mind getting drenched in the downpours (which I believe they had at Harrogate too).
I'd dearly love to to go to Chelsea but even being an RHS member and getting a discount, it's still way out of my price range

Dahlia Giving up the Ghost

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 07:29

No Alina, the growhouuse they were in gets plenty of light but is shaded from direct sunlight.  I have potted them on now....we shall see!

Millstone Water Feature

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 07:26

Thanks guppy, that could be a plan!

Dahlia Giving up the Ghost

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 16:33

I had 2 dozen very healthy dahlia seedlings that were potted on and growing well but over the last 10 days the true leaves are first curling up then wilting and dying.  The seed leaves remain fine.  They have good light, warmth and sufficient water.  One plant had aphids but the others were all thoroughly checked out and appear to be aphid-less. Some are growing in modules and some in 3" pots; some of each have been affected but not all the ones that are sickly were in the same greenhouse.  I'm going to pot all the healthy ones on again in case it's a compost issue and keep my fingers crossed but any suggestions as to what the problem might be would be helpful.


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