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What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 21:54

M&M is by Mikail Bulgakov, by the way

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 21:53

so many faves...Perfume by Patrick Suskind has to be up there, amazing how he evokes scent - forget the rubbish film version. The Master and Margherita is just brilliant - a satire on Stalinist Russia, supposedly, but fantastic. And then I just love Jane Austen, and have to choose Emma - such a flawed heroine, wonderful

Overgrown Garden

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 20:35


I know how you feel. When I got my garden (sounds a lot smaller than yours) it was very similar - a magical kind of neglected paradise! had a lovely, romantic feeling but was basically completely overgrown. It can seem overwhelming but you will be able to get on top of it  - you will need to prioritise and it sounds like the ponds are probably number one. Good news is, this is a good time of year to "sort stuff out" as you will be able to hack things back before they put on lots of growth. Could you turn your ponds into bog gardens perhaps? drain the water, fill with soil and plant up? That said, Dove's suggestion is best - put some pics on the forum and you will have lots of advice

bags for composting

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 20:27

you can use just about anything for compost - as long as you allow for drainage. Make sure you have some good holes in the base of your builders' bags - make some, don't trust the drainage they currently have. I have two old pedal bins in my small garden that are always full of leaves. Every few months I empty them out and get fab sticky leafmould. The only protection they get is a newspaper over the top. Go for it!

Talkback: Plants for dry shade

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 17:16

I have to agree with most of the comments above. Hydrangeas like water - the clue is in the name. I have also found that astrantias struggle in too much shade of any kind. Agree with Nut - plants for dry shade need to be able to cope without extra watering by the gardener! some Japanese anemones do well - the pink, single ones I find - although they take a while to get established.

Dryer water

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 21:11

I've been pouring mine on the nearest plants in my garden all summer - happen to be a camellia and a pieris and they are fine. I figured it would be similar to rainwater. These are acid-lovers so don't know how other plants would fare

End of the season thoughts

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:08

I'll be sweeping up leaves for another month or two, sowing hardy annuals and planting bulbs. Even in midwinter, I like to wander around my garden and it's always surprising how much is actively growing. I have lots of winter flowering shrubs and bulbs and the first flowers can be blooming as early as January. I have resolved to do a proper tidy up and sort out all my pots this winter but yes, will also be spending some time drooling over seed catalogues and planning how to revamp my borders.

Talkback: How to choose slug-resistant plants - part two

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 10:06

they seem to leave pulmonaria well alone and fully grown aquilegias - although they will have a munch at aquilegia seedlings. Don't seem interested in ajuga either.

Red slimey worms

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 10:03

they sound like the brandling or tiger worms that are used by worm farms because they are absolutely the best at turning your waste into vermiculite. I notice the same thing when I open my compost bin - more often when its hot or been raining. Doesn't seem to be any particular reason for it. I like to think that maybe they are just socialising! You know, hanging about discussing the quality of the kitchen waste they have been getting.....I sometimes wonder what they make of the scraps when I've made some exotic dish and am adding things like ginger, chili and lemongrass to the bin. It can be a bit yukky when there are lots of them dropping off the lid, I agree

Wierd spider ID

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 09:54

I have lots of them in my garden and they like to build webs right at face level over the steps up from my front door (basement flat) always have arm out in front of me when exiting. I find them quite fascinating. I also have hordes of Harvestmen scuttling around.

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