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"Bug. Hotel"

Posted: Yesterday at 18:21

I'm very impressed. Now I really want to build a deluxe bug residence. For the moment the bugs have to make do with a ramshackle collection of twigs, fatsia leaves and other detritus I have piled up in a quiet corner. Less bug hotel, more bug campsite perhaps? On the street corner opposite is an unofficial bulky waste collection site, where people dump stuff and the (wonderful) Hackney waste services pick it up daily. I am sure I will eventully "rescue" something to covert into a bug hotel.

What to plant under a tree?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:07

Hi Rowie. I think you've had some excellent advice here! the challenge with planting under trees is that 1. they block light (when in leaf) 2.they act like an umbrella, so little rain gets through to the soil immediately underneath 3 they suck up an awful lot of moisture, so the end result is the dreaded "dry shade". There are plenty of plants that will thrive in these conditions though, many of which have been suggested.  If you plant some early flowering spring bulbs, these will do their thing before the tree comes into leaf and then quietly fade away until the next year, whilst the other plants people have suggested start to come into their own. To the excellent suggestions already made (especially Geranium Macrorhizzum, fab plant for this situation and brilliant for lazy gardeners, as it needs no pampering) I would just add Epymediums - the flowers are not terribly spectacular, but pretty enough in spring when  they have also have lovely vibrant green leaves,  they will grow in the driest spot right near the trunk of the tree. Some varieties also  have lovely leaf colour in Autumn - although not mine, it seems!. I've never seen them in the garden centre, so you are probably best looking online for these. Like all perennials, they can be quite pricey but they will spread really quickly and you can divide them after a year or so to get lots of new (free) plants.


Posted: Yesterday at 17:52

yup it'll be Tufty and his pesky friends. They investigate any pots - they're currently digging up all my potted-on perennials in the hope of finding bulbs, resulting in compost everywhere and my cherished aquilegias etc uprooted. The varmints! Chicken wire is definitely the most effective deterrent. They are also busy burying horse chestnuts all over the garden so I will be uprooting trees in spring. Like Bookertoo, I have found nothing keeps them off my bird feeders. Although I do add chilli pepper to the birdseed purely for the pleasure of watching them eventually get a noseful, leap off and run to stick their heads in the pond. Whereupon I cackle malevolently.

Nerine sarniensis

Posted: Yesterday at 17:44

there's a feature in this month's GW about nerines and I think Philippa is right - apparently they thrive on a bit of neglect and if you give them too much lurve (ie food)  they repay you with lots of leaves and no flowers. Try leaving them in the same compost for a year. Also make sure you don't bury too deep - you need to have a bit of the bulb poking out of the soil. I have the more common Bowdenii  and get two flower stalks every year, never more. Having read the feature, I will be replanting them in their own pot  because they are currently in a pot with other plants (for different seasons) and apparently they don't like sharing!

Impressions of the posters here

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 22:42

Runnybeak t'was I that mentioned decongestants, and purely cos of the nickname! O  Verdun, what have you started?

Impressions of the posters here

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:38

can't quote Verdun but he's scarily accurate - I am indeed skinny and very very tall (especially when viewed in the company of dwarf perennials) Female. Mad curly hair - which is handy for dusting the ceiling. I always imagine Verd gazing wistfully out to sea, wearing a fisherman's jumper. I imagine Runnybeak to love gardening but be heavily reliant on hayfever tablets for most of the year. Artjak for some reason I imagine as a kind of Xena Eco-Warrior Princess and Nutcutlet can pickle a walnut from twenty paces


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

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 15:19

oh I love Mapp and Lucia! "caro caro!"

Impressions of the posters here

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 17:04

I can't imagine what Dovefromabove looks like, but I imagine she is always accompanied by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer...

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

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 17:00

Oh I'd forgotten Captain Corelli's Mandolin! that book really made me laugh out loud one minute and well up with tears the next. 

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:54


Yes Ginglygangly is indeed my moniker on here, rather than a charming sounding place! It was a nickname given to me by a fellow student (many) years ago at uni. I returned the favour by calling him "Stig". I suppose it is better than "Scragend" which is how I was lovingly referred to by some of my schoolfriends! I think if Ginglygangly were a place, it would be full of rather lanky, giggly people  and I fancy they might all be rather fond of playing the triangle

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