Latest posts by chrissieB

Dianthus Devon Winnow (morning star)

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:07
Is my memory working and Devon Winnie is a Sweet William?

If it is, in my experience they are never very long lived, even the perennial varieties, and can become quite straggly after a few years. Maybe you should try and save some seed and raise some new plants.

What a lovely idea though re finding plants with your pets name : )

how to deter cats from fouling in your garden

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 06:59
We had foxes digging under the fence in my old garden. When my OH filled it back in he wedged and buried old plastic plant pots under the fence as well. I thought he was mad and and it would never work but it did : ) I don't know if it was because they weren't sure what it was but it worked - although they simply kept moving along the fence until they and my OH had run out of fence : )

It also used up all my plastic plant pots, which given how many I had stockpiled was a welcome side effect. You couldn't see the pots as he buried them and the plants hid any bits that might have shown.


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 06:52
Good Morning Everyone

Quite find reading everyone's reminiscences about Mallory Towers ( anyone remember the Twins at St Clare's?) and the Faraway Tree was one of my favourites too. I call the apple tree on my allotment my faraway tree as I could be far away when sat under it - you wouldn't believe it was only a mile or so from the city centre as we are completely secluded and surrounded by trees.

Bekkie- I don't know whether to be jealous of a magic step or not. Just decided I really do need to slim a bit but then that it's coinciding with all our soft fruit and new potatoes being ready - talk about bad timing : (

Work again today, but at home so enjoyable work today. Hope I get it all finished early so I can hit the allotment. Not being for a few days as under the weather with a stomach bug : (

So excited thought we have gone from no birds coming to our feeder - 18 months of patient waiting - to one occasional blue tit and suddenly we now have four finches eating us out of house and home : ) Hope they approve of our bird seed and decide to stay.

finding it hard to level out soil for grass seed.

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 16:53
Am not sure how to explain but it is probably how you are holding the rake. Use one hand to take the weight of the rake and the other to pull it across the soil. If your rake head is going into the soil then you are putting too much weight into it and that's why you constantly get hills and valleys of soil. The rake head should literally skim over the surface so that it only moves anything in its way ie the hills or stones.

If you google it you might get a YouTube video. I could never get a level seed bed until one if the 'old boys' on my allotment showed me how to hold and use my rake properly

Plant ID please

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 11:14

Yes but nothing is happening brings the tile up and I can select my photo but then nothing happens when I ask it too upload


will try again

Plant ID please

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:52

Photos might help  but am guessing its still not working

Plant ID please

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 10:48

am sure I know these but brain is not co-operating

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