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Latest posts by Clarington

experiences with free offers of plants

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 15:49

I, along with several others here, have ordered the "free" lavender plants this year. It is going to be interesting to see what size / condition they're in when they arrive.

Certainly I do not expect them to be of any size that would withstand being outside this year / winter.

ladybirds mating?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 14:23

8 hours?! See that's what happens when you don't have television.


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 14:21

P.S. I will also confess, if only for the giggles it will course, that on the advice of a friend I started a pound for lb jar in which for every lb I lost £10 went in the jar for a special treat...


... We spent it on a Chinese takeaway


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 14:19

Funny weight should be the topic today. I met up with my brother and sister yesterday and were discussing how my sisters partner was on about buying specialist equipment to lighten her bike by half a lb for increased performance.

Fortunately she had already pointed out that maybe it would be cheaper for her to loose that half lb (and the rest of the half stone that's been bugging her) to which he didn't disagree!

I've got 16lb to loose. I've been trying to loose it for a year, even when I was on the uber strict diet of bland I didn't loose much at all and I had rather hoped it would be gone by a friends wedding in August as the dress I have erm... well it hides the belly by drawing attention to the monster boobs.

Why does food taste so good??

Birdfeeder in flowerbed?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:51
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

The No-Mess feed mixes are good, birds tend to waste less of it and as it's been husked it doesn't germinate if spilled. 

Unfortunately I tried this (feeders hang off the apple tree above the soon to be herb garden) thinking it a good idea to keep the stray weeds down and found it still germinated (I put some in a pot in some damp cotton wool to see as I wasn't sure whether I was just suffering a LOT of weeds). Maybe mine was a bad patch!

Birdfeeder in flowerbed?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:21

Someone on this forum once suggested microwaving the bird food before putting it out so that it can't germinate. I don't know what this does to the nutrients (nor if it even works) but it might be worth considering if you struggle to weed the grass seeds or are concerned about them affecting other plants.

What soil do you have in the flower bed? Is it often overly wet / dry? I'd think this would be more an issue than a bird feeder.

weed killer

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:17

What plants are they? Wash them off well as Dove has suggested and then if you can try removing the top soil surrounding the plants which'll have absorbed the lawn weed killer and replenishing it with compost so that its not going to leak out to the roots every time it rains.


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 07:19

You make it sound like hugs are a bad thing!


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 07:18

I really need to do some weeding. Something to look forward to this evening if its not raining too hard! OH brought me two tins of paint yesterday (not quite the engagement ring I wanted but...) so we need some more good weather so I can get the woodwork outside smartened up.

So starts another week at work - with the added excitement that I'll be covering not just one but potentially three people's jobs if our "delightful" receptionist decides to go awol again (I will forgive anyone pulling a sickie if they at least make the effort to tell the same story to people not three different tales!)

Need that new job! Come on Yorkshire there must be something out there for me.


Have fun everyone! 


Sweetpea how's the insect bite?


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:43
Sweetpea - if it spreads anymore go see a doctor! I was bitten by something last year and in a few hours my foot was a balloon with nasty red looking veiny type things. Not fun but the fluxo helped nicely.

Lovely weather today but I Daren't look at the weather report to see what this week will be like.

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