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Posted: 21/08/2014 at 17:57

Lovely jubbly archie  

How to disguise compost bins

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 17:56

Hi Hannah. If you can erect a simple screen of trellis or something similar, you could grow climbers on it. Honeysuckle would do well there - lots of different varieties but you may find it gets a bit rampant for your space - you might need to do a bit pruning and tieing in as it grows, but there are evergreen ones. Shrubs like Cotoneaster would also do the job - there are several evergreen types and they'll take a bit of shade - if it's very wet it might struggle though.  You could try Euonymous which will grow upwards if it's on a fence or wall -  grown for evergreen foliage. Buddleias aren't evergreen and need pruning to get the best from them so it wouldn't be my first choice - they have quite a spread on them too.

Hope that's a start for you anyway 

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 17:48

Gill - you probably won't  get any flowers this year but they should come back next year and be stronger plants. In some areas they're not hardy, but if they're in decent free draining soil and reasonably sheltered they should come through. They like a sunny site so if they're in  shade that might be why they're not flowering too. 

Drooping Foxgloves

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 17:42

Dry soil or heat - or a combination - are common causes Ernie, but if the others are in the same conditions that seems unlikely. Is there any sign of insect damage?


Posted: 21/08/2014 at 17:40

Re your plant for  pot Verd - I'd agree with Ggirl - Hebe. I never think Rhodies are right in pots, and they'd have to be big pots.   Hebes have flowers which bees love, are straightforward and structural, and if you pick the right one - low maintenance- almost no maintenance. 

Slug Pubs

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 17:24

I'm past caring about having gloves on to lift them as I merrily chuck them out onto the road into the path of a passing car....

Thomas - I think no matter what methods you use, it's a bit of a waiting game and you probably need a several pronged attack plan. Getting wildlife in to scoff them is the friendliest way and the most rewarding for you - because you get to watch it - but it takes a little while to get a balance and you need to be consistent. I've never used slug pubs for reasons I won't go into, but many people find them effective. Physically collecting and disposing  each night when they're most active is fine unless you're like me and you're comatose by about half nine!

Once birds, hedgehogs and frogs/toads which are the best predators, find your plot it'll really help, especially in spring when plants are emerging, so keep feeding and encouraging them if you can. 

OK, who's got it?

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 17:12

Steve - and you need the same accent for this  - 'that's a cracker!'

Some splendid jokes there ...I'd personally like to see mower...

Canada Geese going home : (

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 13:01

I always  loved watching them swooping and dive bombing for insects over the pond at my last house Dove - their timing's fabulous isn't it? Hours of entertainment. This just seemed different, and slightly odd. It was at the junction of two roads so it must have been a swarm of insects they had found somewhere on or very near the road.   

The ones that come back every year where I work are very busy just now - unfortunately the cars are all under the flightpath... 


Posted: 21/08/2014 at 10:09

KEF- it took me a while to get that - didn't mean it - honest!

I missed a trick there - that was worthy of Verdun - or even Tim Vine himself! 

Three to contemplate so will compare weights more than anything and going for a higher spec this time to make life easier.  I love power tools.... 



Posted: 21/08/2014 at 09:23

Our results get posted OL or they can register to receive them online but that was a bit of a disaster I think. Kids can go in to school a few days after results between about 9am and 3pm if they need to change their timetables accordingly, ie if they've not got the results they need and have to retake a subject.  We start the following year's timetable as soon as exams are finished in May/June and children might pick new subjects  for the following year based on the assumption they pass all the exams they sit and don't have to resit any.

Ironing beckons, but I'm also going to do a bit of research on new battery drill/screwdrivers to save my aching wrists so I might go for one in a bit.

have a good day all 

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