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Read in the paper today

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 18:54

I love liver too and kidneys - can't beat a steak and kidney pudding.  We all love rice pudding - and fight over the skin on the top.

I can't bear celery, houmos (tasteless slop) or sliced white bread (like eating  cardboard and far too sweet).  I also don't like most Ice cream sold in this country, it's far too sweet - now real ice cream (like a certain Scottish company M.... make) is another matter.  I've never eaten anything octopussy that wasn't like endlessly chewing plastic tubes.

Bekkie - the best thjng when you wake in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep is camomile tea.  It tastes a bit strange at first,  like hot grass, until you get used to it, but with a dob of honey added it really works a treat and you can grow to really like it.

White/Pale Yellow patches on leaves - Is this sunburn/sunscald?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:11

My cat adored cat mint and would eat young plants down to the base if left to it.

I used some of that stiff white plastic chicken wire (fencing?) to make a collar a few inches away from the main stems.  The mint then grew through the mesh and those bits did get nibbles a bit, but the bulk of the plant grew well and tall within thereby keeping both me and the cat happy.


Posted: 22/08/2014 at 17:05

I have several clumps in the garden - each started as three or five bulbs that had flowered in the house.  They seem to just multiply ad infinitum.  I do feed them with tomato feed after they've finished flowering though, to promote the following year's flowers.  They are an absolute magnet for snails though, as they die down!  You may also want to mark where they are to save digging them up inadvertently when you are planting things out later in the year.

Red Hot Pokers

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 16:55

they may need dividing - you can do this in the autumn.

What is this yellow flowering bush.

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 16:53

....what I've always called sunflowers!  The sort of plant that neighbours pass on to each other to plant at the back of a border.  They look good with michaelmas daisiers which are in bloom right now too.

guess who's hiding in my compost bin

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:19

Oh Peat B - you're too far away for this princess to give you a kiss and turn you back again!

never mind - I could do with a few frogs in the garden to sort out the slugs and snails.


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 09:25

....aren't they supposed to have that lacey all-over look then? 

I don't think I have the number of frogs and toads I've had in the past and I've never had such a bad year for slugs and snails.  Copper tape works up to a point for me, but gravel?  The blighters seem to love it and it makes them harder to see!  I tell myself that next year will be different.

guess who's hiding in my compost bin

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 09:14 what happens when you weant to use the compost?

Tootles - I felt more brave when I had a ladder snake zig-zagging across my terrace in France this year, but it was more afraid of me than the other way round and disappeared under a large patio planter.  I figured it must have departed in the night as the next day the lizards were running in and out under the pot as usual.

guess who's hiding in my compost bin

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:37

Philippa - it was sitting (well curled up) on top of the compost, so it slithered downwards!  I'm a bit worried after looking online if it will be laying eggs in the compost, though it seems a bit late for that.  Perhaps it's already laid eggs and they are about to hatch?

I shall be wary of taking the lid of in future....

guess who's hiding in my compost bin

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:49

Just been round the garden collecting up those naughty slugs and snails who were having a field day after the rain and went to the compost bin - to find a grass snake curled up on the top.  It's one of those black dalek bins so it must have come in from the bottom.  Now I'm wondering if I can continue to add to the's the first time I've ever seen one in my garden.

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