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Cows in garden

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 16:45

Speaking as a member of a farming family - I would reiterate the point that most farmers are reasonable people trying to make a living and the lives of hill farmers are not easy.  

Most would not want to cause problems for their neighbours, and will also be concerned to keep their valuable cattle safe.  

You could point out in a worried and concerned way that you grow some plants in your garden that can be toxic to cattle (do you have yew or a laurel perhaps?) and while you've planted them well away from the boundary wall, you're worried that when the cattle get into your garden they could eat them and be very ill or die.  

No farmer is going to want expensive vet's bills - the vet will cost him much more than securing the field boundary.

What happened to this rose bud?

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 16:30

Hi JenniBee

It's a Robin's Pincushion gall, caused by a type of gall wasp - some info here 

part of the rich complexity of nature but no real threat to your roses 


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 16:26

Hello folks!  I'm home after Barnsdale trip and staying with the rellies - I paid for my bed and board by 'babysitting' delightful 12 year old niece - we had a Chinese meal and stayed up past my usual bedtime 

I had a good journey home today and whilst OH has done jolly well with the garden, I've been watering pots and putting the sprinkler on the veg patch since I got home. 

Now I'll have a quick catch up with what's been happening on the Forum 


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 16:12

Hello folks   I've arrived home this afternoon - the OH has done well but the sprinkler is needed on the veg patch.  It was a really lovely day yesterday with new/old friends   and the gardens were lovely - I think one of the things that stood out for me was some really interesting planting combinations (although there were one or two that I'd not copy).  I've got some pics too, so later on this evening I'll upload them.

I've unloaded a car full of plants (all being given loadsa tlc Panda) 

As for now, a mug of coffee is called for, then the unpacking, and to send OH into the village for beer and icecream 

What is invading my lawn

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 16:00


The first picture looks like suckers growing up from the roots of your cherry tree.  the best thing to do is just to keep mowing your lawn regularly  as if you try to dig them out it will stimulate the roots to send up more suckers, and if you use a weedkiller the poison will travel back through the roots and kill the tree.

The second picture looks like a hypericum seedling or sucker.  I'd either lift the turn around it and dig it out, replacing the turn and filling in any hollow.  Or alternatively you could carefully paint the leaves with some glyphosate weedkiller and leave the plant to die back.

I'm not sure what's wrong with your pear tree leaves - I'm wondering if it might be the after effects of an aphid infection.  Someone else may know better but I don't think it's anything to get too anxious about. 

Hope that's helpful 


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 19:38
No use relying on me to keep you all in check where good-looking young men are concerned - I have form


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 19:28
I'm watching


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 12:31

Right - I'm off to S. Lincs - see you tomorrow folks 

Runner beans

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 12:29

I would mist mid-morning. 

When I water my beans I give them half an hour with the sprinkler on them - they need a real soaking.  If the weather is hot and dry I would do that every day. 

Hope it helps 


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 12:09

Sunshine has disappeared here to be replaced by slight drizzle - just after I'd had the sprinkler on the Shady Bank for half an hour.  Everything else has been given a good soaking and OH has his list.

I shall finish packing ........

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