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Should I encourage house mice into my garden?

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 12:16

My cat tries to bring them in. Only 4 have made it inside but I have just picked them up by the tail and put outside again. She did catch one that when she let it go, jumped on her. I'm just waiting for her to bring a rat because that is one I will be leaving to the husband to deal with.


Posted: 02/09/2015 at 12:07

Here you go Verdun


Posted: 02/09/2015 at 12:00

Actually Verdun, I have grown them from seed that I got from the RHS about 7 years ago. I only got two to germinate so they are precious. I grew them in pots for five years in the greenhouse and then I planted one outside and kept the other one in its pot. The planted one produced 9 flower stalks and the flowers were orange with electric blue stamens, really pretty and I think I put a picture of it on the 'what's the star in your garden' thread. They didn't get to more than 18 inches high, but I think some do.

I think that you being where you are will be able to keep them year in and out.

So go for it and please put a picture here of the white one please as I've not seen one.

I will have to look in my seed box, as I might have saved some seed from my orange ones. They do ok here if they have lots of shelter from other plants, but I have to be careful as we in Rickmansworth, Herts are in a frost hollow.

Intriguing Plant - ID Please

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 23:24

Hopefully we won't have rain during the night and they are dry enough for picking.

Intriguing Plant - ID Please

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 14:21

I only found it by accident about 4 years ago in a garden centre in Uxbridge and bought 2 of them. Never seen it again so I'm glad I bought it when I did. Am hoping to harvest the seed soon, or what I think are the seeds.

the white one is very striking, Silverlight.

Intriguing Plant - ID Please

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 12:15

Definitely Echinops, globe thistle. There is also a white flower variety too, but the ones in Berghill's picture are taller. I have tried to save the seed, but not sure I was saving the right bit. The only way I have manged to get more plants is to dig a bit out and plant somewhere else.

Bad Grape

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 11:01

The only thing I can think of is that with all the rain we're getting, its making them split open. My grape vine looks just like your first picture.

Which apple variety?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 15:24

Think I've got that one in my garden. The land here used to be orchards before they built the Chiltern/Met line. Will be interested to find out what it is if anyone knows.

How much....

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 20:16

I've had three Fiestas. The first one I mentioned earlier F647 SLE called Baby, followed by a dark green one S127 SOV called Dorothy and then a blue one V619 POG called Blue Boy. After that it was a Focus KL05 XVB called Silver Lady. Next it was a C MAX (the baby car) LS59 CWR called Jet and now I have a brand new Citroen C3 Picasso, good mpg.

I also used to drive my OHs company car. The first one was a Citroen ZX Volcane. The thing used to drive itself. It could go from 0 - 60 in what seemed like 3 seconds.

Next he got a Ford Mondeo Ghia X with heated leather seats. The paintwork was the colour of a tench, that metallic looking khaki green with gold tones. Only saw two others like it. Loved that car. Always borrowed that on a girls night out.

Followed by a Rover which he got from his brother. To say that car was long was an understatement. sister in law didn't like driving it. I loved it.

After that is was a black Ford Mondeo, again a good car, never had anything major go wrong on it. Now on a VW Passat estate. Very good on long trips, great mpg.

How much....

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 15:01

Mine was a Ford Fiesta in 1989 for £4695 in radiant red, which faded to a dull orange. Lovely car.

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