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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 19:59

Well deserved Woody- but nut's right- you shouldn't have to be moving! You'll be full of that cake Dove made for you too 

chicky if you're on here tonight- I've got some White Imperial tulips, Allium sphaerocephalon (some of which are already planted in pots with Verb. bonariensis) and some Tresamble narcissus and I want to order white Joan of Arc crocus and a selection of purple and white tulips, narcissus and crocus plus some of the dwarf Iris. Shouldn't really be buying anything but youknow what it's like! 

Feeling weary from my slab lifting so having a rest just now.

Pond Visitor

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 14:03

We had all our fish nicked at last house- definitely human. There were 2 huge koi and 4 big Golden Orfe in the main pond and three little koi in the smaller netted pond. They put the net back so we didn't realise at first and they were very skittish. We initially though fox as we had a little family of them in the bit on other side of driveway and we had a beached area at that end where the fish often swam.  We discovered the biggest koi dead and partially hidden in at the edge where the spring came into the pond. We presumed it had been dropped. After a few weeks and no sign of any fish we knew they'd all gone.


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 13:57

Does that mean you've made one Dove?? 

Welcome MMouse 

Went to Gc and managed not to buy any plants or bulbs but did buy bird food and also membrane for the path. There were a few bargains I might go back and get - things the nursery doesn't have at the moment, but the bulb selection was poor so I've just been online - planning for the ones I want to order...

Best go now and start shifting slabs. 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 13:50

Looking really good Singy. Pergola's very impressive! 

Are you putting more planting on the pergola? It's a great opportunity for climbers isn't it. Pix were fine when I enlarged 

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 11:38

Sara anywhere that sells pond plants will be selling stuff off just now or in the near future so it's a good time to buy and you can just keep them in containers of water  or similar over the winter in a sheltered spot. I had water hyacinth many years ago and it's really beautiful- not too hardy up here so I lost it, but beautiful fragrance. Water mint is handy if you've a space to fill, but- like it's ground dwelling relations- it's invasive so keep it in containers. At my last house it had been planted at one end, where the spring fed into the pond, in 3 or 4 tyres so it wasn't an issue although it seeded around a bit.  Great for wildlife.

Lovely bit of work there dannyson.  It'll be really great next year when it all fills out and you get all the wildlife in. It doesn't take long either. It's the best feature to have in a garden by far. I miss the ponds at my last house and even if I can only have a tiny one here I'll do it.


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 09:33

I had Hydrangea petiolaris on the north east wall of a previous house and we were about 700/800 feet up (west of Scotland). The wind would have taken your head off sometimes as it came straight up the valley and we had no shelter in that bit so I dare say it would be fine in your location. Rabbits were our biggest problem! It self clings but you just need to guide it onto the wall to start it off. It can cover big areas in time but it's easy enough to cut back. I've seen it in lots of locations in the Lake District too - the climate there is quite similar to where I am- wet and windy!  


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 08:52

Can you come via Scotland Woody? It's not far really. I can make you a cake.

Actually my front grass is looking very lush after the treatment earlier in the year. A few things creeping in but not requiring any action till spring. Looking forward to getting my bare root hedging to put in there. Nice and jaggy! 

Is the fruit of the laurel good for birds

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 08:26

I'd expect the berries would be less of a priority for birds as it's usually red ones first then orange and yellow and finally the pink or white ones. The black berries may be last on the list but I'm not sure. Don't think you need to worry too much about about the laurel berries Adam, especially if you put food out for the birds as well 

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 08:22

I love the smell of WD40 

I have more snails than slugs in this new garden so I chuck 'em over the fence into the road and let them take their chances with the traffic 

If I'm feeling kind I put them in the compost bin though!


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 08:15

Morning all. Brighter here today thankfully. Yesterday was a wash out. Plenty to keep me busy outside - birds are attacking the feeder with relish - well beaks anyway- so I may have to go to the GC for more food and  I should take a look at new spades as I can't repair my old one. I won't be looking at or buying any plants/bulbs of course... 

Path to sort along side of shed now that I've raised the ground level there so that's apleasant little job. Bark to put down there. Got some little white cyclamen that were abandoned in B&Q yesterday so will put them in one of the alpine pans for autumn/winter. I love them.

May need that bacon roll today Dove   

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