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Posted: 10/04/2014 at 17:32

Those big fat wood pigeons always scare them off Panda 

I don't think they're so common here anyway. Even at my last house, which was quite rural, we didn't get many. I had a couple of mature trees in my house round the corner and they used to sit in the branches and whisper sweet nothings...

can anyone identify this plant for me

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 17:23

I'd agree. Looks exactly like the kind of stuff that germinates from bird seed. 


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 17:21

Can't swim fidget.  I can do mountains  - but not sea 

Just saw a pair of collared doves in the garden which was rather lovely. Got a pic through the window but it  might not be very good. When I stayed round the corner, I used to get  a few in the garden but they're always a bit shy.

Pond improvements

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 16:45

Sorry to put a spanner in the works Justin ()  but the problem seems to be that the pond hasn't been dug level at the start. You seem to have quite a bit of liner to play with so you could pull that back at the low edges of the pond, build them up to a similar level as the high side and replace the liner. Alternatively, pull back the liner from the high edge and dig it down to the same level as the lower edge. That way you solve the problem of any exposed liner deteriorating. It's possibly a bridge too far, but it might be worth it in the long run. I had a similar problem at my last house - it was rather a large pond though and we had to tackle it in a couple of ways, but I did exactly that along the high side.

Lysimachia Clethroides (Goose Neck Plant)

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 16:22

I didn't think they were terribly invasive - unlike their purple and yellow siblings . I quite fancy having it as I think it would work well with lots of other plants as Obelixx says.


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 16:20

Busy day at work again. Just having a cup of tea and a flapjack.

Doc- how is your outfit any different from every other day then?....

If  I set off now I can make it to Cornwall for hearties...haa haaar 

I have flapjacks..well - there's one or two left... 

Horse Manure - what to do with it

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 16:12

 I worked with horses for a very long time and I have plenty of free supplies! There's not much I don't know about horse **** 

Just contain it as best you can OL. Frank's right - if you've got a corner somewhere and something to cover it with, that'll do fine. If you have a bin - use that, but like any rotting material, it needs some air and some moisture.  Turn it every now and again if you can. The advice already given is all correct. Shavings are more widely used now for bedding and it can take a bit longer to rot down than straw, but I put a load on my new beds last August/September and covered them. It's all broken down now. I used some in the compost bin - no shavings there at all. It's brilliant stuff so it's worth making a bit of room for it somewhere.

Disappearing bulbs

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 08:04

Hi lilly. Tulips can be tricky as they need to be in well drained soil and a sunny site so many people treat them as annuals and replant new stock each year. The dwarf Iris tend to be short lived and flower less each year. It's still quite early for lots of tulips and daffs so perhaps some still haven't come through yet, but if it's not that, daffs  can get congested and come up blind so it's a case of splitting them and replanting. Have you perhaps planted the bulbs too deep, or are there other plants growing very close or on top of them preventing them coming through? Or are they waterlogged? They could have rotted if that's the case. 


Squirrels will dig up bulbs but usually it's the smaller ones as they don't dig very deep down.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 07:49

Mike - as others have said - we'll be thinking of you and you have the support of everyone here. Good news or bad - you have friends here who will listen. 

Take care x


Posted: 10/04/2014 at 07:40

Morning all  - I won't say 'good' since there's more rain. And here I am with a washing all ready to go out..

 I have two or three tulips poking through - the ones I didn't get round to planting till last month....

Off for a quick look round before I go to work.

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