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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 08:54

I blame Alan Titchmarsh and the popularisation of decking for at least part of the increase in the rat population over the past few years!  If ever something was designed to provide a warm, cosy home, inaccessable to any other predators and close to good food supplies it's garden decking. 


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 08:35

Morning Verdun - sounds nice - grey and damp here

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 08:32
Verdun wrote (see)

Similar with me KEF.  The pink pampas always looked washy washy.....either Sunningdale Silver or none.  And the photInias all seem to look ill after a few years

Don't suppose anyone would want a poorly looking photinia


How odd  Don't know how that quote of Woody appeared up there - more coffee needed methinks

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 08:30
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

I too have badgers, bats, mice, birds, fungus, slugs, snails, bees, wasps, beetles, ladybirds etc... all the life you list. And yet I chose to use chemicals too, on a controlled and specific basis. 

Wildlife and chemicals don't seem to be mutually exclusive?


Mike Allen wrote (see)
Friends fellow gardeners. Might I suggest, without getting my head blown off. Look we are in general a great bunch. If you are like me. I really hate disposing of anything. So what say we start a thread indicating waht we no longer require? Let's face it we get so many new to gardening joining us. A new home and garden. What can I fill the garden with. Please don't simply dump plants.

Mike, this thread has been around for quite a while

It's not as easy to swap plants as seeds due to postage etc; it is done - but more usually by passing on rooted cuttings etc. 

Not really practical to dig up a well-grown phormium, yucca, pampas or photinia and parcel it up and send it off

Of course, many of us swap with friends, relatives and neighbours - but that's different isn't it?

Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 07:42
philippa smith2 wrote (see)
......  I prefer to eat what I can grow myself or purchase from local sources but not everyone can do this .......particularly when the big supermarkets will persist in offering imported meat over locally produced.  Danish bacon is a good example

A particular bugbear of mine!  Danish pigs are kept to far lower welfare standards than pigs in the UK, so of course it's cheaper


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 07:29

Good morning all   I'm a bit late saying hello today, been occupied elsewhere.

This morning at 5.30 the outside temperature of 9.3C was already as high or higher  than it reached all of yesterday.  I only take the reading once a day first thing in the morning, and the temperature then was the same as the highest temperature in the last 24 hours, so no idea what it got up to yesterday

Fidget, you having two birthdays then?  Just like The Queen?

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 07:23
Lyn wrote (see)

Get it on the iplayer Verdun.

I have them all recorded and watched the Norfolk one today, mainly beacause I have family in Dersingham 

and have never been, its very flat!

Well, some of it is - but Norwich itself is quite up and downy - I hesitate to call it hilly as I know some of  us live in really hilly areas, but here we do have some steepish slopes - my OH's student digs were up a hill with a 20% incline and is the venue for a notorious cycle race, the Gas Hill Gasp!  And on the north-eastern fringe of Norwich is the wonderful nature reserve Mousehold Heath with it's amazing view over the city - a little reminiscent of the view from Fiesole over Florence, don't you think?

We live to the southwest of the city on a range of low hills which are the remains of glacial terminal moraine - there's another ridge of terminal moraine along the northern coast of Norfolk, reaching it's peak at Beacon Hill, the highest point in Norfolk,_Norfolk

Yes, the Brecklands and Broadlands are flat, but in Norfolk we're proud of our hills too


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 06:59

Verdun - glad the home is improving things

Lyn ((hugs))

To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 06:44

Mike - what on earth ...???  One minute you're saying you're pleased with the response to this thread and now this!

Surely you've been around here long enough to know that introducing the subject of cats versus birds is likely to cause heated debate - those of us who like a nice friendly forum frequently raise an eyebrow whenever this controversial subject is introduced - but on the other hand it does get lots of posts on the thread, so if that's what you want ....

I think that what irks some is that you start a new thread and then disappear off the forum  for 24 hours - then when you return you're unhappy with the way the discussion has developed.  

I believe that if you felt able to contribute to the discussion, rather than simply make a statement in such a didactic fashion, you might find the whole experience of posting on the forum more rewarding.

Enough is enough.

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 06:25

Sorry Mike, but what on earth are you on about? You're making yourself look silly.  Stop it

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