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Posted: 13/11/2013 at 21:15

Am I right in thinking that it was  T&M providing the bulbs/plants/seeds for

the Daily Mail's promotion a few weeks back?  If so, I'm a little worried after

reading your posts, as I ordered quite a few spring bulbs etc. from them during

that promotion and although they  cashed my cheque a few weeks ago, I

haven't received anything from them.  Has anyone else used this promotion

and if so, have you received what you ordered?  Would be  very grateful for any


Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 22:56

Thanks Nutcutlet.  I've never had a bee box before......just bought it on a whim!

I'd really like to put it near my wildflower garden  but worry that it might

get saboutaged by youngsters on their way home from the local pub., so 

think I'll put it on the front of the house, as it faces south, so should keep them

cosy (if we get any sun this winter that is!!)  I'm about to PM you! 


Bonfire night memories or traditions.

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 19:26

My memories are of all the local children dragging fallen tree branches from

the woods to build a big communal bonfire each year.  Dads competing to

fetch the most spectacular fireworks and all the Mums making huge batches

of parkin and treacle toffee.  Baked potatoes, roast chestnuts, hot chocolate and

yes we always had a guy, but like Dove and Chicky, I think in these enlightened

days, that bit is best consigned to the history books!  Does anyone else recall

having sparks down their wellies?  I always seemed to end up with holes in

my socks because of this!



Canadian snow

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 19:01


Think you're telling porkies Woodgreen - whoever had a great nephew at

the age of 27!!   Whatever.....I  do hope you enjoy a long and happy relationship

with your little nephew.   

Canadian snow

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 14:17

Hi Woodgreen,

He is lovely - I bet you love him to bits!  I adored my great uncle - he remained

one of my best friends until he died at the age of 87!

Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 12:47

Hi here's the photo of the bee house!  I wonder if I should leave a gap between

the wall and the bee house, so that they can crawl straight through from front

to back - there probably isn't much room for them to turn around!


Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 12:35

Brilliant!  Thanks a lot for that tip Nutcutlet - I have lots of ivy berries, so will

keep that in mind as Christmas approaches.  

As you are my main mentor Nutcutlet, I wonder if I could ask you if you know

anything about bee houses?  As mentioned in my previous post, I've bought

one, but now I'm not sure whether I should situate it flat against a south facing

wall.  It comes provided with a wire to hang it from, but I'm a bit worried about

the bees swinging around in the sea breezes!  However, if I fasten it against

the wall, will that stop the bees from using it - maybe they need a front and

back exit?  Any ideas gratefully received!  Think I'll try and pop a photo on

here later so you can see what I'm talking about!

Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:29

Thanks everyone for your input - I will try everything you've suggested and

hope for the best next year.  I'll have to try to get some fake berries to tie

on my holly for Christmas this year!  I did wonder about the cold, late Spring

this year and I remember being really worried about the lack of bees in my

garden - I didn't see any until well into summer, but by then it was too late.

Today I took delivery of a lovely bee house, which I hope will help some of the

poor things to survive whatever this winter throws at us all. Will let you know

how it goes!   

just a commett

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 22:16

Hi Marty,

I'll second that!  

Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 22:09

HI All,

I'm hoping someone out there can give me a bit of advice about my holly bush

(which is rapidly turning into a tree!).  I planted it about eight years ago and every

year upto this year I've had lots of lovely berries - this year I've counted only three!

It's the varigated type with green and gold leaves (no prickles).  Am I right in

thinking it's the male which bears berries?  Beside it is the female (I think) 

which is very prickly but has the same coloured leaves.  I'm at a loss to know

why I don't have berries this year - can anyone help me with this please?

I should say that the problem started in the spring, because there were

hardly any flowers on it, hence no berries.

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