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Planted small trees, what to grow in between

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 13:12
Verdun wrote (see)

Unless,you have a dedicated wildlife area avoid bluebells.  They are aggressively invasive least for me.  Shock! Horror! cos I know bluebells are so loved 


Verdun, I think that's 'cos you live down there in that Paradise called Cornwall where anything and everything grows - up here in the cooler East of England English Native bluebells are not that rampant - however, the Spanish ones are!

A Rant

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 13:00


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 12:59

Still got bright blue skies here in Norfolk

Just stopped for lunch, then it's time the lawnmower had a bit of exercise


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 10:59

Just had a phone call from Wonky Womble - she's had an increase in her working hours so hasn't been on the forum this week - but she has taken some 'before' photos of her garden which she'll post when she gets a round tuit

Bee or fly?

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:47

They're Mason Bees - they don't sting or do any damage and they're really good to have around the garden for pollinating etc.  Encourage your little one not to be afraid, and to watch them  from a distance so as not to disturb them.


You might even like to get or make a bee hotel for them




Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:37

Don't know about in France - but in the UK it's totally illegal to put out poisoned bait for raptors - or for any other wildlife for that matter - if anyone's aware of it happening in the UK it should be reported to the police asap. 

We once had a kitten who had used an area of sand as a 'loo' - the sand had been put over some spilled paint by a delivery driver who'd dropped a can of paint which contained a high level of toxins (it was for painting heating oil tanks).  The kitten got paint on her paws and tried to lick it off and swallowed some paint - fortunately I spotted her a few hours later in a poorly state, staggering and glazed eyes - I spotted the sand on her paws and found the paint on the roadway - we rushed her to the vet while I contacted the builder's merchants (I'd seen the lorry) and told them there was a case of poisoning - they told us the brand of paint, the vet got in touch with the manufacturer who told him the ingredients.  Some very expensive treatment later our pusscat (Spangles) came home well on the road to recovery - the builder's merchants paid the vet's bill.  Spangles lived to around 19 years of age

eucalyptus tree

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:39

I agree - eucalyptus won't do well (if at all) in wet soil.  Have a look at the Alder (alnus glutinosa)  very happy with wet feet


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:21

Lemon Grass

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:00

I wouldn't cut it back - I'd try to give it as much sunshine and fresh air as possible

There's some interesting information here


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 07:57

DD - fingers very crossed for Shadow ((hugs)) for you and family.

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