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Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: Yesterday at 22:13

I don't have a cat, but 10.5 years ago one turned up on our backstep wanting to come in. She belonged to our new neighbours and is called Pebble. Since that day she comes in for breakfast, lunch and dinner, brings us live or dead mice. She once ate a blue tit outside our lounge door (opens onto the garden). Heaven knows how she caught it. A few times she has demanded to be let in with a live mouse and banged on the glass. We have lol'd when she took a leap onto the arm of a sofa, missed and flew right over it and onto the floor. She has 'guarded' both my boys when they were babies in their moses baskets, and lets them stroke and play with her, none too gently. She has laid on me in my bed when I was really ill. In January at the ripe age of 14, she will be moving house to Birmingham and we will all miss her.

Shrub ID

Posted: Yesterday at 21:51

I've had a female blackcap devouring my grapes, along with the blackbirds and robin.

Shrub ID

Posted: Yesterday at 15:35

There seem to be a few shrubs growing in the hawthorn hedge. So far I have found a laurel, orange pyracantha and a wild clematis.

Shrub ID

Posted: Yesterday at 11:58

They are great. So far no birds have eaten them.

Shrub ID

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 16:34

Thanks Hosta, I'll check my books. I'm keeping it so the viburnum next to it will be getting a haircut as its also crowding out a purple azalea.

Shrub ID

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 12:49

 Picture quality slightly blurred but hope its ok.


Posted: 15/12/2014 at 16:30

Good to have you back Gran.

Cornus Flaviramea

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 21:41

I have those 2 and Kesselringii in my front garden. I hacked midwinter fire back to a twig 18 months ago and it bushed back in no time. I haven't found elegantissima to be invasive.

Plant ID please.

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 21:30

I agree with pyracantha. Those big thorns give it away. The birds tend to go for the berries as soon as they appear, woodpigeons are the greediest. Red berries tend to get left till last for some reason.

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 10:11

Made a chocolate and banana cake Friday. Half has gone to my father in law and the rest will be gone by tomorrow.

Dove is that butchers out on the fens? I remember my inlaws taking me to one when I was expecting my first. And the meat was good.

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Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

Shrub ID

This has been growing in our hawthorn hedge and this year decided to be 12ft tall with read berries. I thought it migh be a pyracantha but not sure which one as there are no thorns. 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 21:51

Green tomatoes

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 19:25

Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 11:05

Moses in the bulrushes

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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 11:09


What to do when the plant has gone over 
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Last Post: 13/08/2013 at 20:01
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