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What's causing this?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 09:30

If it's a rat - and I'd be inclined to think it's something like that too - they can get up the side of a container like that quite easily NG  

Rabbit holes are quite big and that looks smaller. They can get up onto containers and raised beds easily too - they need to be about three feet high to stop them!


Posted: 15/08/2014 at 09:24

Morning all. Not a bad day here so I hope I can get on with something before the lousy weekend of rain that's forecast -  it must be because I'm going to the theatre tonight to see Singin in the Rain 

Lesley - I wouldn't do the licking - I find a damp sponge is better...or just the promise 

Great to hear oldest chicklet has done well chicky.  

A lot of 'tulip talk' on here - I love them but having bought around 500 bulbs last year I may have to rein myself in. I do them in pots - much safer. They usually get battered by weather here so I pick  a few and place carefully! Lots of narcissus and crocus though. Haven't heard of ladykiller  but it sounds similar in colour to Snow Bunting which is very pretty. 

Have a good day everyone 

White Garden

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 21:19

Are you looking for something evergreen Lou, and what kind of aspect do you have? I presume it's something shrubby you want rather than a perennial which will die back in winter. Also, what sort of height - something to keep as a low hedge or something taller?

It's almost bare root hedging season so there will be inexpensive planting available from specialist nurseries, which might be a solution 

Creating a Wildflower meadow garden.

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 20:14

If you go to the top of the page you'll see a little window which says search. If you click on the magnifying glass icon it'll bring up a new search window which says 'search this site'. Clear it and then enter 'wildflower  meadows' or something similar, and then click on search and it should bring up previous threads on the subject. It should be more straightforward than that, but the search facility isn't working as well as it should just now. 

Talkback: How to deadhead lilies

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 20:00

It may simply be the variety you're growing - some of them are very tall and best in a border with other planting to support them or disguise any staking. The shorter varieties - up to about 3 feet - are best for pots, because they make a nice clump which will hold together well without support 

Pond Skaters

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 19:48

Jack - it's a hard school when you start dabbling in wildlife isn't it? 

I freely admit to burying bees if I find them because it always seems so sad. 

Only dead ones of course...


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 19:45

I was going to ask you  again about the buddleia GGirl but I forgot. Glad it's settled in for you. I just hope it was definitely a white one! I've got more cuttings anyway which I will label individually this time, so if that one turns out to be purple I can send you another no problem 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 17:40

Lovely border LilyP. Do you find things flower a bit earlier because of the micro climate?

That reminds me, I must go past the house near my last house where they have a huge 'bank' of white hydrangeas near the road as it's a shady, woodlandy bit. they're stunning when they're all in flower. 

Lily is not far from me Lesley - I may have to go and see her - to help with her walls of course...

The Red Admirals have arrived in my garden so I got a pic at lunchtime when they were  on the buddleia with all the others. It was lovely and quiet - all you could hear was bees, bees and more bees gently humming



Posted: 14/08/2014 at 17:29

Hi Jude - I directed my reply mainly to DE which is why I mentioned the raised beds, but you've already got those in place! Concrete can be more of an issue than general rock or  stone, as Dove has said, but providing there's enough soil I don't think it will be a major problem. I've sometimes put landscape fabric over rubble before adding soil. It helps to stop all the soil washing down through it, but it's a good idea to add a bit of finer gravel or stone to fill the gaps in first. I did that last year on some of my new raised beds - for the same reason as you! 


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 17:09

Lovely to see you chick - we wondered where you'd been 

Lesley - did you find a dead cow somewhere?.....

Verd - I know you don't want more tourists coming down there, but really - that's a bit extreme   Lesley's got plenty of food if you're hungry. No doughnuts though.

Bit thundery here too GGirl, and we've had some  heavy rain and more forecast. Hope it doesn't last too long. I knew my compost would be best of course...

Builder man coming to see my plans in an hour. Hope he can give me a start date that isn't next year, but I'm not holding my breath. 

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