- Half an acre garden in Pembrokeshire.
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03 Jul 2017 21:24
I think that they are cinnabar moths.
12 Jun 2017 23:30
Me too. I don't know why this is so funny, but it really is! Thank you for cheering me up,
22 May 2017 20:48
Well done Tray14, I truly had not a clue so I'm very impressed :)
22 May 2017 11:39
Thank you for the suggestions, I'll pass them on to her.
Oh my goodness Hostafan1, you truly are a hosta fan! Hmm, should've guessed that from the name ;) How do you keep slugs/snails away, (I only have three in pots and struggle)? On a guided walk a few years ago, we all commented on the fab hostas, the head gardener said they use pellets very sparingly in Feb, then mulch with shredded laurel prunings (that's when I heard about the poison in laurel).
22 May 2017 09:05
Fab! Woohoo, well done and thank you! It may be an easy one, but not for me. (I couldn't believe it when she asked if I could see the labels on the first photo, err, no! I didn't mean to post a quiz!)
22 May 2017 08:44
Thank you for the suggestions. She's found a few labels, so only needs to know three after all, I'll attach an updated photo. Also... Wow, that's a huge number of varieties, I had no idea! (Btw, I realise that she has planted too many, too close, but she likes them and she'll find out what works for her.)
21 May 2017 22:14
Can anyone help? My daughter has started a little collection, but realised that she should've made a note of what she bought. We'd love to know what they are! Thank you.
26 Apr 2017 11:44
Oh my goodness, that's so different from my green uk garden. I'd suggest that you google Cape Town gardening, I sure there's help online or locally to you. For example, I found this when I tried it...
Sorry I can't help. Good luck anyway!
17 Apr 2017 08:26
It's a type of wallflower - a bit like Erysimum Bowles mauve, I think. We had a yellow one like that which lasted two seasons and seeded, but then vanished. I think the soil was too wet, cold and claggy..
09 Mar 2016 22:54
Is it a type of Lavatera?
14 Jan 2016 06:55
We have a motion-activated wildlife camera which caught a heron eating a toad at the edge of our pond
Tetley, The Federation of British Aquatic Societies says, 'Herons eat mostly fish but will also partake of amphibians and small mammals plus small quantities of reptiles, insects, crustaceans, molluscs, worms and small birds. They fish mainly at dusk and dawn, which is why they are rarely seen in gardens and garden ponds.'
13 Jan 2016 08:27
We had a rosemary in a similar position which did very well for years. it enjoys the dry and light, doesn't get too big and has bee-loving flowers.
11 Oct 2015 08:05
Thank you Dove! I couldn't work out how to fix it
Jennifer10 the link above recommends putting photinia leaves (shredded, if possible) into the compost bin because they are so slow to break down in a leaf pit.
10 Oct 2015 07:46
I just saw this which may be helpful. There's also a link to a video which is pretty clear.
Sorry, I don't know why the link didn't work!
We put leaves in a chicken wire enclosure that's about a metre diameter, though last year we needed to use a builders sack too.
05 Oct 2015 07:31
There's lots of knotweed in our area (not in our garden) and we killed a small patch on a bank by a lane by smearing leaves with glyphosate gel, I think it took three or four goes over a couple of years. I'm sure I've read that Autumn is a good time to treat it...don't leave it any longer to start killing it whatever you decide to do in the medium term. Good luck!
31 Jul 2015 06:45
I've heard of the 'no fencing' rule in front gardens because of the design of a housing estate, but not in back gardens. Still, Donna doesn't want a fence anyway.
I like Tetley's idea of mixed shrubs and climbers. (Though if it were mine, I'd prefer them against trellis... although it's almost a fence, it allows wind filtering, is less solid than panels, allows light/rain from both sides, provides instant privacy while the plants grow and keeps pets safe.)
23 Jul 2015 22:40
A nursery to have a look at is Ty Rhos trees, although it might be a bit of a trek from your new place. They sell a good range of trees and have been very helpful to a friend wanting Welsh varieties of fruit trees.
22 Apr 2015 08:36
We killed a small patch on a pembrokeshire bank by the road side (which we had spotted on a walk) by painting the leaves with glyphosate gel. It gradually weakened and seemed to have gone by the third year. I'll go and check later though. Unfortunately it is running wild in various places near here.
22 Mar 2015 23:19
Is that just French marigolds? Not calendula? (I was given some assorted calendula seeds last autumn which have germinated really well.)
19 Mar 2015 21:25
Sorry, I hadn't read your post carefully enough! Isn't it unlikely that you'll get spring flowering bulbs now, unless they are 'in the green'? Mind you, I spotted sacks of daffodil bulbs cheap at a local garden centre recently.