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Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 22:44

You could try those feeders where a metal cover goes over the feeding holes when the squirrel lands on top of the feeder. It does work.

Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 12:57

My father in law got caught out by this as he happened to be on his laptop when he had a problem. Luckily his bank caught it in time. As everyone says this was a scam. Your best option would be to hang up your phone or say you don't have a computer. This  second one I use all the time, it foxes the hell out of the caller

ID please

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 18:13

I was going to say nightshade just because of the way the berries hang. If you've got children I'd get rid of the plant.

A "how much?!!?" moment.....

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 22:40

We bought one in 2000 for 70 pound from a place called Italian Marble & Statues in Chandlers Cross, Herts. Just keep looking, you'll find one

Can you help identify this plant (v. 2) ?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 22:25

Phlomis russeliana, has two colour yellow flowers around the stem. Goldfinches like the seed heads. You won't get any weeds around this plant as it is quite close growing. there are also a pink flowered version, a lilac flowered version and a deep yellow version, the green leaves all look different to the russeliana

How do trees come into your life?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 10:46

My apple tree. The branches make it look like the wamping willow from the Harry Potter films. The birds love it, the ants trek up and down it. The squirrels climb it, the lesser and greater spotted woodpeckers make holes in it, the cat's climbed it, I even saw a fox climb it. My husband's climbed it, my turn next I guess.


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 22:45

Have a look at the final program of Monty Dons series on I Player as he mentions which one to grow that won't spread.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 22:43

As it will be my mummys 73rd birthday, I will be enjoying a ride on her broomstick b4 she changes me into a frog for the evening.

University Project

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 20:48


Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:46

They go after my figs, grapes and hazelnuts, not seen them going after the apples. I got in before them this year and picked everything.

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: 18/12/2014 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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