Latest posts by Daintiness

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 16:48

I agree with Dragon 87 - do you want stripes? do you want a bowling green? My patch is uneven in places and I went for mower with no roller, with a pull string start - as a  woman sometimes I don't have enough oomph to start it and feel next time I'll pay the extra for a push button start. I went for a mower that has 4 different heights as different parts of my garden serve different purposes.

Plastic or metal - my first lawnmower was all metal and I was using Hammerite on it toward the end of its life. This one is metal/plastic. I have found the grass bag more flimsy on this model but it holds more. Mine is a mountfield and has a Briggs and Stratton engine, which has run fine for the last  5-6 yrs - I change the oil regularly and clean the air filter too. I think I got it from B n Q where I could have a good fiddle with all aspects of the machine before I then went about looking for the best price... happy shopping.

Ponds for wildlife

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 16:33

Oops! I think I should have put in the word 'over' - I meant that  when a pond freezes over completely, there is a lack of oxygen entering the pond and in this environment wildlife could die - however, Wrightt seems to be in a mild area of the country so this aspect doesn't affect him/her.

Ponds for wildlife

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 20:42

I think it is the depth that probably attracts them. One metre is probably not deep enough for overwintering frogs as it can freeze completely. With the extra depth in your other pond and a good entry/exit point it would be more favourable to wildlife.

Newbie requires help

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 20:37

I agree with Salino's id. There must be a mature bush locally that the birds feed on and then deposit the seeds in your garden. It is a lovely bush - google it and take a look.

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 20:29

Haggled over a sorry looking,bare rooted 6ft Rowan tree in Aldi a few weeks ago. Got it for £3. Gave it a good soak before planting, dug a generous hole with added muck, staked, watered and mulched it and tah dah - now in leaf and looking great.

Oh I get so much satisfaction and pleasure from such a buy!

Making new section of garden private

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 20:14

A hedge would be lovely but they take time to grow - willow hurdles could be put in for an instant effect and a hedge planted along side. Laurels do grow quickly but if cut regularly would be fine. As they are large leaved you are better to cut with seceteurs as the large leaves can  look unsightly when zipped through with hedge trimmers. You would get a less formal hedge...it depends on the style you want to go with. A yew hedge - evergreen, can be tightly cut back and give you scope to create arches; topiary; good for wildlife; a dense hedge with uniformity.Holly again evergreen but prickly to cut... Or how about beech, not evergreen but retains its leaves in winter...or a native informal hedge..it really depends on the style and formality you want....what ever you choose I'm sure a hedge would be lovely.

help to identify plant

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 16:27

I agree, honeysuckle.

desperate for advice please

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 23:20

Oh, I do feel for you. I agree with Alina - get the bird feeders up, a bird bath, a nest box (for next year) when you know what kind of birds you need to cater for . There has to be fencing/wall that you can cover with climbers - bird friendly/insect friendly. Would it be possible to lift one or two of the paving slabs to give you planting pockets? When you find out the sunny bits of the garden you could add an insect house. What about a half barrel pond or bubble water feature? It's a challenge but I'm sure you will get a great deal of pleasure in creating a different type of wildlife friendly garden - Good luck.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:55

Good to see some familar names and know I'll get good advice and a good laugh too      

Help me to love my peonies

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:51

Give them support now before they get too tall. The framework will soon disappear as the plant grows. If it rains when the flowers begin to open or are open gently incline the flowers and tip the water out, so they don't rot and the flowers last longer. Feed them after they flower to build up the store for next year's flowers.

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