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Rats, cats and bids

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 12:49

You say the pest control people have been a few times. Is it possible you get a constant problem because you feed the birds you want to encourage? If there's food still lying around at dusk it encourages vermin - easy pickings.  It's quite a common issue that several forum members here have experienced. 

If so, removing food before it gets dark, or making sure you put a limited amount out that can be finished during daylight, will often solve it. They'll look elsewhere for their grub  

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 08:10

Hi Wendy - might be best to start a separate thread for your query so that people can help with an ID. Having said that, I think it may be a Coreopsis (Tickseed?) although I don't grow them. They have indented edges to their petals.  


Just saw your post chicky. Very kind of you to say. It will look better when the 'box' matures. I may have to adjust the planting in it as time goes on too. 


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 08:05

Hi Rosa - they are late flowering but weather or soil conditions may have hindered them. They like well drained soil and some warmth.

As mollis says, they're not hardy so you'll need to give them protection over winter. When the foliage has died back, lift them. Next year will be better 

Dead leylandii

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 07:58

Ditto what Dove and Tetley have said. I've done exactly the same thing, though I didn't have to remove an existing hedge.

I moved here two and a half years ago and the garden boundary was completely open to the pavement. I put in a fence myself and planted bare root blackthorn hedging that winter. It's now quite dense and mature. The section forming the back garden boundary has a border with a variety of shrubs and hedging including buddleias which are fast growing and easy to maintain.  

Wont go without a fight....

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 07:52

Hideous things weren't they pansyface?  

Trolls weren't much better! The ones for putting on the end of a pencil were slightly less vile though.


Posted: 14/09/2015 at 07:49

Morning all - dry here with lots of sparkly dew on the grass  

Back to work today though 

Clari - wouldn't have caught me using outdoor facilities and washing in a sink just to avoid waking OH. Sod that for a game of soldiers. Mind you - the first one would have slept through it anyway, and the second one would have been awake!  

Hope you're more relaxed now - I won't say 'chilled'....

Difficult situation Pat.  New relationships and trying to make it all work. You can only be supportive and try to stay positive x

I'll have a quick look round now - was watching An Inspector Calls last night so had to make a quick exit.

Have a good day everyone. Hope the weather's kind 

I have mushrooms appearing in newly laid turf....is this normal???

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 20:21

It's that time of year Paul 

 I always get a few patches in the grass here.  Anywhere a bit shady - especially a bit of  ground that stays damp - is a perfect home for them, but they won't cause a problem. If it becomes a big area,  you can spike the ground in spring and summer to aid drainage, which may stop them reappearing. Small, isolated patches will  disappear as quickly as they've come though 

In a border they break down and disappear into the soil. 

Hello I have just joined

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 20:00

Freezing runner beans

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 19:58

I don't like runner beans Tootles, so I won't be trying it   

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 19:56

I understand your desperation Jane - believe me!  

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