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Posted: 02/05/2014 at 18:34

Guinea pig is supposed to be one of the best for compost. A friend was looking after her grandson's last year so she gave me a few bags for my bin.

The manure I mean - not the actual guinea pigs...

wasp nest

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 18:31

Gillian - did they taste of honey?...

I had some going in through an air brick and squirted some of the wasp killing stuff you can get in DIY stores into the brick. Seemed to do the trick, but maybe I was lucky 


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 18:24

What sort of effect are you looking for Sharon? Any particular colours? Evergreen? Cottage style perennials? 



Posted: 02/05/2014 at 18:21

Evening all. Cold here 

KEF-  trust me - small fairy does a lot of chilling out. If she chilled any more she'd never get out of bed...

Interesting blackest. It's a wonder there's any wildlife left isn't it! 

OL- is that dinner for this evening? Might be a bit chewy 

Ideas for large rectangular planters

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 15:19

Hi Jayne. My first thought would be Phormiums as it's a modern house - they'll withstand the temperatures and the wind - but if you want something softer looking I'd suggest a foliage shrub like  Euonymous or Pittosporum with annuals and bulbs for colour. If the winds are very wild you might need to keep an eye on the foliage of shrubs as it can get a bit shredded. Holly would also be a good choice - we had standards in lead pots at a previous house in a similar aspect, but we had to weigh them down a bit to counteract the wind -leaving them in their natural conical shape would be easier! I'm sure others will come up with plenty more suggestions 

Personally, I'd line the planters to prevent them rotting.

Montery Cypress Goldcrest

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 14:45

They did a talk in on Jeremy Vine's show last year about theft from gardens - it was astonishing! A woman had two or three huge planters nicked from her front  garden in a rural area. She said even when they were delivered - empty - it took two men to carry each one 

Small print - yes - magnifying job! 

buttercups in my lawn

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 13:51

Hate to rain on your parade Lesley, but they're pretty soul destroying to try and get rid of by hand if they've got the upper hand. The runners will spread rapidly into surrounding areas and it won't help any plants you have either.

If I was you, I'd use a weed and feed product for your grass which will get rid of all weeds and encourage the grass. Healthy grass will be better able to fight off infestations and regular mowing will then keep the grass in good nick. If you want the grass to look good it's either blood sweat and tears to dig them out or use something initially to get rid of them and then maintain the grass to keep on top of them. 

Montery Cypress Goldcrest

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 13:42

They look tremendous ImpHosta. A small word of caution - those might be very attractive to other people - how secure is your front garden? You can add to your household insurance to cover theft of valuable items. Might be worth doing.

Sorry for being a bit negative    but I'd hate to see some cretin pinch those.

Rhodedendron not flowering

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 13:23

We like a challenge, that's the problem! I inherited a bright pink one last year in this house and it's about to burst into flower and looks great. It has no maintenance or food and the previous owner was not a gardener so I doubt it ever has. If they don't have the right conditions they won't perform at their best - most plants are the same to be honest. There are lots of plants that struggle in the cold wet sticky clay we get here so I go with that rather than fight it. I have built raised beds here so that I can grow bearded Irises (which I love) and they need sharp draining soil and sun. They'd never last if I planted them in the same bed as the rhodo! 

This is what mine looked like last spring:



More identifying...

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:46

Top one looks like an allium to me. Dianthus is more solid and spiky in it's foliage Kay - especially the new growth.

This is one of mine from last year - big pot in middle of pic with pink flowers:



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