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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:26

hot and dry today on the isle of wight.. not one drop of rain past my lawn last night.. not one and today we have had hot sunshine again... getting so fed up with it.. my poor hardy shrubs that have been on for 4 years are now starting to drop and whither.. need some rain now!!!

Bird Seed Problems

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:24

thunder storms.. we got nothing down here.. were promised lots of rain and nothing.. i didnt water last night as they siad heavy rain.. so had to go round do it quick this morning before takin nipper to school.. we have had sunshine all blooming day.. no hint of rain. which my poor brown dead lawn and now whithering garden requires.. if my long standing shrubs are starting to suffer


i agree fidget bones.. i feed the birds and have learnt over the years that sunflower hearts are the better of the two.. and buy a good quality bird seed..i get mine form scats now as that is the only wild bird seed they eat where nothign gets thrown out..


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 12:19

Hi everyone

i was very pleased to hear on the hampton court show..when talking to the butterfly man from eden project.. that they have found the rare large tortoise shell butterfly here on my very own isle of wight..

i have been transforming my garden over the last year to have more plants for bees and butterflies.. and i must say i have had lots of butterflies this year.. and am awaiting the siting of this rare one.. we have  had two butterflies this week come in doors while the doors are open.. one was a peacock and the other a painted lady.. large one too.. i so enjoy them as they flutter around..

has anyone else got lots of butterflies this year... if you have any pics please add them.. i have not been able to take any so far this year as camera is playing up when i try to use the close up selection..

Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 12:01

i love gardening and it makes you happy and it also takes you away from all your torubles.. as you wander round dead heading or digging or planting.. your mind is suddenly taken to where you are thinkin about moving that plant in the autumn as it doesnt look quite right there.. or that you will change the colour scheme next year and gor for plants that wow y and impact out.. or that the borders need to be bigger because you cant get the plants you have just bought or or  grown from your cuttings and need to go in.. and you have no room left.

and then wanders off to think oooh! must take cuttings or collect those seed heads and grow some more of those next year as i like them

then stop to have chat with the lady who has just stopped to admire your garden and buy few plants you have for sale.... as you grew far too many this year again... and talk gardening and all things plants and nature for a good half hour.. before you get back to it.. before finding yourself thinkg "oh could do with a cuppa" and head off to make one then wander back to your favourite bench to sit and admire your handywork.. and smile as you enjoy the flowers and buzz of bees and birds singing.

or is that just me i found it a complete healer when dealing with my husbands cancer.. it as only place i could go to forget it for just an hour or two.

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 11:53

i dont mind pigeons in my garden.. the clean up the dropped food so none left for the rats that live under the railway line... but i do protest that they sit on our ariel and bend it and sit on the climbing frame and poop over it.. so i have to clean it all time before kids can go on it.. well they used to poop on it and bend it.. not now with the spikes..

to deter the rooks etc.. i have a piece of foam hanging from the tree with feathers i have found that are black stuck in it.. that keeps them away..

but i do loudly protest about the damn seagulls.. they are a nightmare and with young noe they are becoming rather dangerous to be outside with.. and they are very noisey from 3am onwards.. after only be settling down for the night at 11pmish..

i love all birds.. but just find some are a nusiance..they are big and heavy handed and brek my feeders constantly..

we have the sparow hawk come in often and take a few while they are feeding.. that is nature.. i am fine with that.. it is amazing to watch.. i just like to keep the big bully birds away long enough for the smaller ones to get a look in

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 17:33

on another note thou.. we got the spikes you can stick or nail on.. for our ariel and chimmney.. they used to sit on there .. so got the smaller plastic spikes and glued them on and no bother now.. got the really long ones to stop the seagulls nesting as very noisy and they have worked.

for our kids climbing frame.. as they loved that and i got fed up with cleaning the poo off.. we brought packsof poundland meat scewers and piece of plastic hollow tubing about 6cm across drilled holes in it and bent the scewers and glued them after pushing through.. then attached to the poles at top of frame with wire ties.. had no problem since..

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 17:29

i have seen those flying birds or prey.. look like kites... attache dto house few streets away.. it is very high and and moves like a bird up and down on the breeze.. thought good idea keep pigeons and rooks away.. so went knocked on there door sunday as asked.

they siad yeah keeps them away alright.. i asked about the smaller birds i feed.. they sid it will keep all birds away... so very good does its job.

so i wont be having myself one as i feed the birds and dont want rid of them.. so will have to put up with them..

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 17:24

super garden verdun.. must say i am little envious of your well manicured lawn and shrubs.. stuffed full or gorgeousness

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 10:56

i also have some fuschias i need identifying.. i go them in a bulk lot and they ar enot what i asked for.. and no labels came with them.. so if anyone can help me.. i would appreciate it..

these are all of them.. some i know what they are they have labels

 but the next ones i have no idea..

 this one has pale pink outer leaves

 then this one

 then this one.. which has got leaves that are starting to turn yellow.. i have it in full sun during afternoon and evening.. is this why.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 10:51

loving those spuds.. i have not been n much as not been out in garden much due to heat and playin gup my arthritis.. but here is some of our veg etc.


 this is our peas.. have had quite a few harvests of these now.

 our runner beans.. had first crop from these yesterday.. very nice they were.

 and this is my poor celery.. stuck in the middle.. pipes taken off as got big.. so ready to harvest one soon..yum yum..

 and these are our broc and sprouts.. didtn realise how big they get.


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