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I'm worried ...............

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 21:38

My 'man' said they used an 'industrial' strength glyphosate.....funnily, it didn't kill anything else on the riverbank, so I assume they used the time-honoured method of pouring the poison directly into the cut hollow stems and plugging them afterwards.

I'm worried ...............

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 21:33

Brown and dead-looking is good, it really is......

Tree ID

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 21:29

Let the ladybirds get on with it! Free food, they'll love you for it!  Don't spray!

I'm worried ...............

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 21:23

I had an invasion of Japanese Knotweed on the riverbank that bordered my garden.  Because the riverbank was NOT legally on my property, I would have been in contravention of laws if I'd sprayed it...I am in Scotland, where, unlike England, the middle of the river is legally NOT the boundary of one's's property stops at the fence or the wall which separates the garden from...whatever....

Try though I might, I could not find out WHO actually owned the bank.  The council couldn't help, and suggested I contact the river and waterways dept..  The waterways dept. couldn't help.  and suggested it might be the local Estate....  The local landowner wasn't prepared to comment.....although if I wanted a fishing permit I would, apparently, have to pay him for the privilege......say no more.....

Then, a year ago, a very nice man turned up and said he represented an environmental charity who were treating pernicious weeds, funded by subscriptions given to this particular stretch of environmentally sensitive river.  He looked at the bank of Japanese Knotweed, and he and his team sprayed it.....not once, not twice, but three times over the past year.

He turned up again a month ago, to check the situation.  No Japanese Knotweed.  All gone.  Sorted.  Thank goodness there are people who are dedicated to the eradication of such thugs along riverbanks.  He was also treating ( for which read killing ) Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam along the riverbank.  This can take years, because of the spread of seeds and germination times.

Had I taken it into my head to spray the JK with Glyphosate, I would have been in contravention of SEPA regulations......I was fortunate, some other body was onto the case, otherwise the problem with the JK would have still been ongoing.....

Frog in Compost

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 20:35

To be honest I don't care what he is, love him to bits!  Though I am curious!  He's about three inches long, no more, and hasn't grown since I first saw him.

Thanks for all your lovely comments.

Frog in Compost

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 20:25

Thank you all so much!  You clearly know what Gerald enjoys!  I thought he'd be fine, but I needed to check cos I'd only want what is best for him/her!  I DO check him every day and occasionally give him a sprinkle of rainwater, and a pat on the head, which he seems to like.  The compost bin is a green 'Dalek' bin provided by the council, has air holes in it  and a 'free' base and I feel sure he could get out if he wanted to.  I put 'fresh' veg and fruit peelings in there almost every day, so it never gets dry.

Love him to bits, wouldn't want to get rid of him.  But whether he's a toad or a frog I'm not sure.  He's very dark coloured, almost black.

Thanks, all.  Really appreciated


Frog in Compost

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 17:53

Help, guys!

I've had a lovely frog living in my compost bin all summer.  He seems perfectly happy in there, and I 'water' him every so often, which he seems to like.  Should I let him 'be' or should he be freed?  I have garden cats, so I don't want to risk him being harassed or worse.  We add to the compost bin at least once a week, and always look out for him, so he's not neglected.  Do I leave him to get on with his life, or do I catch him and put him somewhere else ( we have a drainage ditch and a fast-moving river bordering the garden? ) or do I leave him t do his own thing?

He's called 'Gerald', by the way.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 16:56

Verdun!  How DARE you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 16:07

Agree absolutely, Blue Onion ( though I'm a bit scared of being thought 'judgemental'  )

How were the contestants selected?  I keep missing the beginning of the programme  ( too busy ) so I have no idea whether they were part of 'regional' selections and who, how, why, what, when and where these selections took place ( I know that's hardly grammatical....apologies ).  It's a bit 'pie in the sky' isn't it?  One could, I suppose, 'Google' it and get a perfectly reasonable explanation.

An older ex-Army Civil Servant, an ex 'City' high flyer, a botanist, a young part-time Waitrose shop-floor worker studying at university, an Occupational Therapist Co-Ordinator and a 'successful' ( her words, not mine ) mummy-of-twins lawyer.  I suppose the BBC sees this selection as an interesting reflection of Britain's Gardeners Today, if not it's politics  Go figure.....

Hands up all those who are financially able to pack in their jobs/careers to pursue their desire to be a Garden Designer and their ultimate belief in their abilities?

Oops.  I'm being 'judgemental' again.....possibly.......

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 15:35

There you go, littleann, you're question has been very well addressed and answered by Obelixx and Blue Onion.  Now you know, although I'm still not sure who actually funds the creation of this plot once the winner gets to Chelsea! To be honest, I'm past caring! 

The winner will have a plot allocated by the RHS at the Chelsea Flower Show, but it will not be part of the official judging process, so they won't be getting a Bronze, a Silver, a Silver Gilt or a Gold.

I am starting to lose the will to live.  Back to the weeding.

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