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Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:26

Our house was invaded by harlequin ladybirds looking for somewhere to hibernate for the winter.    Thankfully, I saw them all over the kitchen window and managed to shut all windows, and only four made it indoors.   They were quickly scooped up.   Our native ladybirds hibernate outdoors, but the harlequins can be a real nuisance when they get indoors.  

Ericaceous soil

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:20

I agree with you, Patrevlil.    There is little point in trying to fight Mother Nature - she always wins in the end!    I also have very heavy clay soil, but grow hydrangeas, rhododendrons, acers, pieris and camellias all in pots of ericaceous compost.   A fortnightly watering with an ericaceous feed, from about March through to September, keeps them all in good health.

Gardeners World

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:16

Am I the only person who thinks we gardeners are discriminated against in favour of the cooks amongst us?    There are cookery programmes almost every single day, all year round, on the television.    How often are there gardening programmes?    The balance is all wrong!!!

An open note to all Shops big and small,

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:13

I do hate the way most garden centres seem to turn into Santa's Grottoes at this time of year.     But then, if it keeps them going, why should I complain?    I just avoid going to them until January.

red hot pokers

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:09


Many thanks for that reply.   My red hot poker flowered (2 spikes) for the first time this year, after planting it last year.   Like bossdaddy I think it looks rather untidy, but I have left it rather than cutting it back.    Your reply has reassured me!

Talkback: Nature in the garden

Posted: 10/12/2011 at 21:00

I love to see birds, bees and butterflies in the garden, but I don't like the damage done by foxes, squirrels, and badgers.    Unfortunately they can be so destructive!

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 10/12/2011 at 20:55

Where I am in the West Midlands, we have only had two slight frosts so far this year.   So roses, fuschias, etc., are still blooming well.   I am sure we will get cold weather soon, but for the moment it is wind and rain that is forecast.

photos from the garden

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 22:24

What lovely pictures.   Your garden must be such a picture of colour in the summer.   Thank you for sharing them with us.

By the way, what is the name of the lovely orange-coloured rose?

Redesign of garden

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 22:16

My garden is sightly bigger too, and again I have got a paved circle in the middle of the flower garden.    I decided to dispense with a lawn altogether, although the front garden has one.    I have a patio area, and no children, so grass seemed a waste of good soil to me.     I have four beds around the circle, two of which have obelisks of clematis in them.   

The only drawback with my garden is that you can see it all in one go.    I would love a garden large enough to be able to divide it into "rooms", but you don't need to even walk around mine!

Talkback: Planting bulbs

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 21:58

Good luck with your nerines.   I think they are fabulous flowers.   I do not seem to be lucky growing them, though.    Last year I was given some, and I thought maybe I would be third time lucky trying to grow them.   They did grow and flower, and I thought I had it cracked.   However this year I got leaves only and not a single flower.  Where did I go wrong?

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