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Posted: 22/06/2015 at 19:29

BL - just picked up on this - welcome to new baby - how lovely!!!

Builder has repaired cracked ridge tiles and other bits and pieces.  He'll come back on Wednesday to rub down and paint the garage door - then I think we're all done for the time being.

We've had heavy showers on and off all day so as well as a sausage and egg pie I made some salmon, prawn and chive tarts as. well - we've had some for supper - now a glass of sauv. blanc is going down nicely



Yellow Perrenial ID

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 18:32

They remind some people of weeds because they grow easily and don't get aphids etc.  I think they're so pretty, they soften areas of stark paving and yet can be easily controlled. 

Plant ID

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 18:29

Were there no clues on the packet as to what varieties the mixture contained?

There are thousands and thousands of perennial plants.

Are they British natives, or for sun or shade, or to attract pollinators, or ...........???


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:53
Dordogne Damsel wrote (see)

Dundee Cake in the oven - smells nice.  

Still got school baking to do on Saturday morning, still pondering what to make, it gets used as a dessert after the BBQ supper, I think mostly to adults - served on paper plates and probably a shortage of cutlery so needs to be easy to eat, stay fresh all day and served cold, also not inclined to melt if it is a hot day. Any ideas???  ...

Proper shortbread ???

Dying Rowan Tree

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:46

Most trees are susceptible to various problems if they are not growing well and under stress.  However a tree that is in good condition and growing strongly is usually able to throw off  most bacteria/fungal attacks etc.


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 15:48

What appalling behaviour!   Glad you're sticking to your guns Jo

Keep us informed.

Recently Hostafan had a delivery of topsoil containing couch grass roots - if I remember correctly the company delivered a better quality load virtually immediately!

That's the way to treat your customers and get repeat business.

Rats and Mice in my garden!

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 15:04

Ensure that rats are dealt with by professionals.  If they are coming from your neighbour's land inform the local authority.  If they are coming from the river, inform the river authority/water board they may (or may not) do something.

Good gardening practice:

  • Ensure any open wounds are properly covered.
  • Wear gloves when gardening.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with hot water and soap after gardening.
  • Wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly before eating/cooking.
  • Don't worry.


Bloody cats!!!!

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 14:59

Plenty of threads here with plenty of advice, good, bad and indifferent

Good luck

Apple Tree Caterpillar

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 13:01

It's not really a good idea to go spraying insecticide around if you don't know what the problem is.  You may well find you've killed beneficial insects which prey on garden pests.

I can't see any caterpillars on your photo - can you post a closeup - click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions.  You may get an error message but ignore it.  We will then be able to zoom in on the photo and get a better look.

Apple trees are usually host to all sorts of insects, most beneficial or at least harmless - they may damage a few leaves, but this usually does no harm to the tree. 


Posted: 22/06/2015 at 11:45

I somehow feel that 'solstice types' ought to be travelling cross-country by Shank's pony, or a mule and ox-cart at the very least - heading back up the motorway would  spoil the experience for me

Well, I got nearly a whole line of washing dry before the heavens just opened - we got it all in before it got soaked - only the jeans and towels will need 'finishing off' when the sun comes out again.  Only one clothes peg escaped OH's grasp and flew off into the pond - fortunately it's wooden so is floating and will be fished out later.

The bathroom is sparkling and pastry for a sausage and egg pie is resting while I have a coffee - a very productive morning ... so far ...

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
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Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 12:15

ID please

Can't remember  
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Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 12:44

Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 10:10

The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 09:35

Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 19:10


Congratulations to you both ... 
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Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:09

Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Last Post: 09/06/2015 at 10:01

Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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