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Climber to cover shed wall

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 00:40

Pyracantha can be trained very easily.  I chop bits off mine all year round, and they don't seem to mind at all.  I love watching the birds eating the berries in winter, especially the acrobatics, when they try to reach the final hard-to-reach ones.

Fuschias with very few flowers

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:08

My fuchsia hanging basket survived the winter, and with some new compost and a bit of tlc is just beginning to flower again.

Wild flowers

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:04

I seem to have seen a few more bees this year, and some seem to be nesting under my eaves, as there are quite a number flying in and out.

I get very angry with my local Council.  There is a large area of common land opposite my house.  It used to be covered with brambles, willow herb, nettles and lots of other wild plants, flowers and grasses.  A large number of people use it for dog walking, and started complaining to the Council about "the state it was in!"  Now the Council send a large mower at frequent intervals to turn the land into a large field, which the dog owners love.  All the flowers and seeding grasses which attracted bees, birds, butterflies and insects are mown down.  Complaining is useless, as I am outnumbered by those who want a nice short lawn to walk Fido on.  Grrrrrrrrrrr!

Fuschias with very few flowers

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 00:27

I bought several and put them in a hanging basket.  They have flowered prolifically all Summer, in a spot which only gets the morning sun, and are still going strong.  I don't know what variety they are.  Is there any way of overwintering them, or should I just dump them once the frost gets to them? I have a nice big shed, but no greenhouse.

Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:47

I think that I am feeding my birds too well.  I can't remember when I last saw one eating a slug or snail.  There have been a lot of them this year.  Tidying up one of my shrubs recently, I was amazed to find a tiny snail tucked into the centre of almost every leaf cluster.  There was no sign of nibbled leaves, though.  Is it a snail nursery, I wonder?  Unfortunately, I absolutely hate killing anything, and accidentally stepping on a slug or worm makes me feel really sick.  I've tried catching the pesky critters and dumping them on the common land opposite my house, but I think they come straight back again.

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 22:26

The daftest thing I ever did was to leave a paper bag containing a few daffodil bulbs on the kitchen worktop, knowing that my husband was going to cook our meal that day.

I didn't connect the slight tummy-upset with the meal, as my husband and son had both eaten it, with no ill-effects.  It was only several days later, when I suddenly remembered the bulbs and asked if anyone knew where they had gone to, that the penny dropped.  They had been chopped up instead of the onions. He swears that he didn't check the insurance policy first!

Talkback: Evicting a rat

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 19:34

My compost bin was colonised by fieldmice, last year.  Sometimes I would lift the lid to see a baby, completely unafraid, blinking up at me.  They enjoyed the fruit and veg peelings I dropped in every day.  When the weather got warmer, they disappeared

seeds not germinated

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 20:12

I have sunflowers popping up all over the place.  The birds scatter them from their seed feeder.  They even appear in my hanging baskets, and have to be transplanted.

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