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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.  

New wildlife pond - what should we expect to colonise it first?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:43

I just throw a few handfuls in Maureen. It floats about and then forms roots, gradually attaching itself to anything suitable at the edges or to other plants. 

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:38

AJ - that's exactly the point I was trying to make. It's easy to mock or be cynical, but gardeners come in all  shapes and sizes and everyone has to start at the beginning. If it makes you happy, and encourages you to have a go, that's what really matters.

I hope you continue to enjoy your new plot and perhaps learn a little more about this great hobby 

Swallows nest

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:33

It was my job JonesK - for twenty years before I had my girls.  We had competition horses and ponies. I now work in a different part of the organisation - we make rosettes for events all over the country and further afield too  

New wildlife pond - what should we expect to colonise it first?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:14

Hi Merryweather - I've used watercress in every pond I've had to keep blanketweed at bay. 

The handfuls I chucked in mine a few months ago are flowering just now and doing a great job of keeping the water clear. The tadpoles had somewhere to hide too 

We have quite soft water here (Scotland) so I don't know if that makes it easier to grow - but I've never tried growing it to eat. Perhaps I'll try it!  I think you can buy seed and grow it in buckets or troughs so it might be worth researching. 

Plants around a pond advice

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 18:43

Unfortunately, I don't have time or energy to slug and snail hunt Hosta, and they're horrific here with all the wet weather we get. I do have a few hostas that I rescued here when I moved in, desperate to be moved from under the huge conifer at the back of the garden. I might manage to squeeze one into the shadiest end.... 

Swallows nest

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 18:40

How lovely JonesK. You're doing a grand job of parenting 

I work at a stable so we have loads of old buildings and swallows have been nesting there as long as I can remember - which is well over forty years. You can't help smiling when you see them 

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