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Posted: 25/07/2015 at 08:02

Morning all - I see you're  having our summer weather Dove! It starts at about 10 or 11 and gets to about 14. At least yesterday was a bit warmer at 16 or 17 - positively tropical  

I'm off walking in a minute or three so I'll catch up with you  all later. Lesley - I've a solution for your swollen foot - come with me today and they'll both be swollen so you won't notice 

Sounds like a lovely evening GWRS. I had to re read your post - thought you'd had some kind of epiphany and seen JC in the cathedral... 

Have a good day all 

Serious bird feeder question!

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 07:55

Same problem for me Steve. Waste of money. If the holes are big enough for the birds, they're big enough for the squirrels - and even worse here, the b****y starlings who just hoover up everything.

Someone suggested hanging feeders on a washing line type of arrangement. I think they eventually work it out, but it might deter them for a while.

pansyface - 'patient' transport...very good  

Transforming my garden wilderness

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 20:10

You're right Wayne - keeping a record of what you've achieved is really worthwhile especially when the going gets tough. A bit at a time is the way to go.  

You've already done a lot shoecake - Wintersong's right too - get the hard landscaping in place, even if it's only the part nearest the house or the part you'll use most. That also gives you time to mull over the siting of planting and work areas.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:49

Think Jim might benefit from one now and again! 

What to do with the lawn @

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:47

How big is the lawn Jane? I'd agree with hogweed that it's a huge undertaking to lift everything and start again. You could try putting an edging round it and then raising the level with topsoil and reseeding, but it will possibly still be just the same if you can't get the drainage sorted. Do you use a weed and feed product mainly? If so, it might be worth substituting two of those with just a feed - liquid seaweed or similar.

Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:42

My thought too Dave - if they're covered and in too much sun they're probably frying. Have you got them on a sunny window ledge or in a greenhouse Wills? If so, take the lids off and move them somewhere a little less scorchio! 

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:39

Susan - it's strange how the only posts from some people are to criticise....

I agree hogweed -  frankly I'm tired of watching people present programmes as though they're adolescents who've consumed too many Red Bulls 


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:29

W'song - it's ok, I only cut the green stuff on the ground! 

The Hakenochloa was quite small when I put it in about 18 months ago. It's a good size now - think the extra rain this summer has helped it too. I have Spartina in the same bed with it - it's a grass you don't see often but it's a good contrast in height as well as shape. I'll see if I have a pic of it.

I lean on the trolley like an old woman too Lesley...just weariness usually...


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:46

Because that would be too tricky for most GCs W'song - most of 'em couldn't spell it for a start   I'm lucky that the nursery I use has lots of grasses. Mine is starting to put on  a lot more growth now that it's settled in. If you want it and can't get it, I'm sure I could cut a wodge and send it to you at some point.

Been out and cut grass and done a few jobs while the rain stayed off. Have  to go and get a few things now though  

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:41

wiccafairy - it's a question of taking time to explain to children that nothing in the garden goes in their mouth without checking with you first. No different to household items. Hopefully you can grow a few edible things which the children can help plant and harvest etc  

I'm a single mum too - yes, people can be very quick to judge. I know only too well about a garden being a sanctuary.  Good luck to you all.  

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