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Posted: 22/04/2015 at 07:56

Good morning all

I've been out and filled the coffee lid with mealworms for the robins, and given a few pots a soaking - now my feet are up and I'm drinking coffee in my pjs - it was overcast earlier but the sun's burnt the cloud off now and it looks like we've got another lovely day in store.

'They' are saying we'll get some rain at the weekend - I hope so 'cos I've got to treat the front lawn with Evergreen whatsit to kill off the dandelions so they stop spreading seeds towards the neighbour's garden every time we're away for a few days, and the treatment will need watering in.

Plants for feeding birds

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 07:37

Most garden centres stock them as plants and/or seeds.

Talkback: Growing your own bird food

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 07:35

All the varieties mentioned in the feature above are available as seeds or plants in most garden centres - the one near us also has a section of 'wild native plants' where you can buy many plants that are good for bees and other pollinating insects.

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 20:04

That soil looks to me like something that's been shovelled up from the edge of a ploughed field - it's certainly not screened topsoil or any other type of material I'd expect to find in a good raised bed. 

I suspect that the builder has attempted to recoup his losses re the paving by using an inferior and cheaper growing medium in the beds.

Call your landscape designer in immediately and tell him/her that the  soil in the beds is not fit for purpose.

Did they put any layers of drainage material in the base of the beds?

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:31

Emma lou - what did the specification say about the type of soil used to fill the planters?

Friend or foe?

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 17:54

I think it might be a Trillium - not sure which type ....

Have a look here


Posted: 21/04/2015 at 17:28

Hello folks - we're home

We've had a lovely few days at MIL's in South Lincs - wall to wall sunshine, birdsong and blossom.  Thanks to a heads-up from Nut, we went to a lovely little nursery on Sunday which had lots of 'guest' stalls with lots of interesting plants - now I really shall have to extend some of the beds!  Yesterday we went to Stamford (which is absolutely gorgeous) - we often spend time there just pootling about, shopping and looking at it's lovely architencture, and we had a very good lunch at the Tobie Norris - very very old pub. 

On the way home a Red Kite swooped low over the car (we had the top down) and I quickly pulled into a layby and we spent a wonderful half hour watching it swooping and wheeling above our heads - sometimes it was so low we could almost look it in the eye - the sunlight on the feathers made them look the most fantastic glossy russet-red - it really was a memorable experience!

Today we called in on Nut and her OH for coffee and spent at least a couple of hours chatting and walking around their lovely garden - they have been working hard over the winter.  And of course she didn't let us come away empty handed either - I'm awaitng an email with the plant's name   We also made a bit of a discovery, but I'll let her tell you about that when she's looked it up and confirmed it!

Then a drive home, still in beautiful sunshine and with the hedgerows covered in blossom.  We stopped off at a little cafe where despite the fact that I tried to order a ham salad the waiter insisted that I should have ham egg and chips - he was a big lad so I didn't argue

Since we got home I've been watering thirsty pots and feeding hungry birds, while OH unloaded the car and loaded the washing machine.  Now he's in the study rigging up the printer that we seem to have acquired from MIL - I thought we were taking it to the tip

I have had a bit of a skim-read - did I hear we're planning a party  

Now I'd better have a proper read back and see what you've all been up to ...


Posted: 18/04/2015 at 16:08

Right, we're off ........ see you Tuesday/Wednesday - have a lovely weekend

Plant Id Please

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 16:01

It'll have seeds like these

 When they're dry collect and scatter them in your garden - in two years you'll have your own Honesty plants

Can anyone identify please?

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 15:43

Possibly Liriope muscari?


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