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Talkback: Carol Klein: Life in a Cottage Garden

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 15:58

Just seen Carol's cottage garden on my +box. I'd love to have the series on a DVD, my daughter would as well. PLEASE BBC!

Watterlogged soil, everything rotting

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 18:54

My borders are waterlogged as well and I lost several shrubs last year from the same problem. No doubt I'll lose a few things this year. Just when the borders look as if they are drying out along comes another downpour. I agree it's very disheartening to see plants that you've nurtured for years , end up in the compost bin. Especially the ones I'd grown from seeds or cuttings. My topsoil is lovely stuff that I've worked on for 40 years, but deep down is solid clay, so the water sits on top of that. It's difficult to predict what the weather is going to do and plant accordingly, because as nutcutlet says a few years back we had drought and hot sunny spells, so we planted plants to cope. We can't just dig all those out and start again. So it's a lottery. Just keep your fingers crossed we get a mixture of weather and then some of the garden will thrive !

sparrows

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 19:04

My neighbours have a thick leylandii hedge so I would guess they would use that. But sadly no sparrows, though we have a regular green woodpecker who visits. He was here yesterday inspecting our lawn!

Photos hiding text

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 13:23

I tried that but still no good on the bit I looked at.

autumn colour

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 13:19

Thank you I'll look out for that one. Though now I think about it mine was always that red colour in the spring and got darker after the summer months. Fabulous either way. Thanks

Buddleia pruning?

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 13:17

Thanks all of you. I'll carry on doing what I've always done.

My effort

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:30

You've done well Alan. We had a waterfall like yours but we hid the pump lower down behind a little wall ( and surrounded it with plants) so only the outlet pipe was seen , then we placed a flat rock above the pipe so it looked as if the water was seeping from between 2 layers of rock.As the plants spread round the rocks it looked very natural, and it was magical to sit by the pond and hear that gentle tinkling of water. I'm sure yours will look better each year, as things start to grow. You've worked very hard.

sparrows

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:18

I've lived in the same house for 41 years and we used to have hundreds of sparrows visiting the garden. But over the years there have been fewer each year. Now it is a momentous event if I see a sparrow at all! I contacted RSPB and asked them if it had anything to do with the magpies that nest in nearby hedges. They told me that they are devils for robbing the sparrows nests so the sparrows have probably moved away. I know they are in general decline but would love them back as they are such cheerful little things.

Buddleia pruning?

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:12

I've just read the gardening page of a freebie magasine that came through the door. It said that now is the time to prune buddleias. I've always done mine in the early spring. But I also keep deadheading it the whole of it's flowering time. Am I doing wrong or is there 2 trains of thought going on here?

brinstow

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:08

Someone gave me a huge one  and it bloomed like mad every year when it was in a northerly facing window. But as it got bigger I had to move it to the landing, by a skylight, and I'm lucky if I get one flower each year now. It must be temperamental, but someone told me they like it shady. Am I wrong?

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