- Gardening is in my blood, my father and forefathers were farmers and growers on a commercial level and I have the growing bug too. I love nature too, wildlife & birds and would like to see weed killers banned.
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Yesterday at 23:13
We once had a hedgehog walking around the garden that had stuck it's snout into a yoghurt pot, as children we laughed at the poor creature but did move the plastic pot from him, and so I would be concerned that a hedgehog may stick his snout into a glass jar - and either eat the slug pellets or get stuck or even break the jar. I think I will put up with the slugs.
We needed rain and today we certainly got it, so no watering to do this evening. We planted a new tree in the damp soil and deadheaded those plants that had been damaged by the earlier rain.
2 days ago at 23:15
I would have taken the rats in a sealed box to a very distant area and released them or perhaps knocked them on the head where I found them.
If the rat eats poison, owl or kestrel or similar then eats the dead rat that has ingested poison, not only do you have dead rats but also a beautiful bird of prey dead too. Poison is a definite NO as far as I am concerned.
2 days ago at 15:33
Sounds to me like you have the magic recipe or greenfingers for these plants Hostafan. I would love one in the garden, but I am having second thoughts - knowing my luck it will either never mature of never flower. Still there is a little bit of me that says - "give it a try"......
2 days ago at 15:31
Slug pellets in jars - do you bury them into the soil GWRS - that is a daft question - I am sure you do.
Deadheading and planting up the last of the ivy pelagoniums into an old tin bath - now I wonder if that will leach metal into the soil and kill them off - I think I am becoming paranoid with this leaching problem.
3 days ago at 23:16
Back to the water testing shop again today and the PH is still too high. Tomorrow we are going to set up a test to see if the pebbles are at fault. They are Cornish cobbles in various sizes. We will have one bucket with washed pebbles, one with unwashed virgin pebbles and one with pebbles taken out of the pond. If these aren't causing the problem, then perhaps it is the cement that was used to prevent some of the pebbles from sliding into the pond that is the culprit. Whichever it is - surely the landscape gardeners (who have made ponds for previous clients) should have known or notified us that this may cause a problem.
However we aren't here to criticize but to rectify the problem as quickly as possible.
3 days ago at 22:57
Yes, that is a lovely picture Chicky - the subtle colours are so soothing. The fronds are so detailed and pretty.
3 days ago at 22:54
A day off from gardening - although we did have our pond water tested yet again at the fish/pond centre - not good news.
3 days ago at 22:53
Yes, we have bought jars of Samphireit home from French holidays in the past. It's a question of finding the right type, which is said to be tasty. Thanks for the allium link.
3 days ago at 17:14
Yes it certainly is Borderline, and these plants are left to naturally develop. There are so many "wild areas" on the island where the cows are left to graze the overgrowth and with very little human management these plants can thrive in peace.
Samphire - I have been told that there are many varieties including rock and marsh - some are more tasty than others. I won't be tasting them, but may collect a few specimens for our neighbour who has a stronger stomach than I.
3 days ago at 17:05
Same here GWRS - overcast, warm and breezy - not lying on beach or swimming weather, so we had a walk on the cliffs instead.
3 days ago at 12:44
Oh how I love sweet peas - they are gorgeous, and I have grown them in the past - but they don't agree with me - sneezing every time I pass too close to them. So I can admire your selection Papi Jo without the dreaded sneezes.
Thanks for the name of my poppy, it really cheered me up to see the flower in my "wild flower" area. It was quite the star of the show last week.
Yes, the stream does run into the pond - but the pond is rather a taboo subject at the moment with the high PH which is killing off the water plants.
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3 days ago at 12:38
Yes, it would make a great plant alongside a pond Hogweed - you must show us the pictures of your plant in flower if you can. If I do buy it in the future I will try the bulbs or established plant rather than seeds. It is so pretty and delicate looking and I hadn't noticed it in flower in previous years.
3 days ago at 12:34
Yes, it certainly is Vineale Borderline - thanks for correcting me Borderline. There was just the one small clump on the grassy verge alongside the beach.
3 days ago at 12:31
I am not sure Borderline - I was given the possible name of Allium Roseum, I will look up Vineale.
3 days ago at 23:55
Gosh that was quick, and thanks - I have looked at the link Obelixx - it did look exactly the same - the plant was quite striking in appearance and certainly worth having.
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3 days ago at 23:50
Some plants seen recently on coastal walk.
and lastly my first sighting of a Wall Brown/Lasiomimata Megera Butterfly
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3 days ago at 23:43
I am pleased to say that I have managed to get 2 out of the 3 that no longer sprayed water to work again. I gave them a good soak overnight in warm water with added detergent and this morning they were used to spray my plants again. So thanks everyone for all the advice. I have now vowed to keep them cleaner from now on.
3 days ago at 23:38
I saw this growing in a car park - can anyone name it for me please?
3 days ago at 23:35
Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures of Finland with us Liri - the scenery is stunning. I have never visited the country, my brother has lived there for nearly 45 years now and loves it (especially their short, hot summer), and my parents spent some time with him. Their taxes are high, and the winters are long but a summer holiday there would be wonderful.
A couple of pictures from our recent walk on the south cliffs - the little box/house is where one of the foghorns is situated.
3 days ago at 23:27
Some lovely pictures here - we all love our flowers and plants and admire other's that we wish were in our garden. A few from me today.
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