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Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 08:48

I had a window-box stolen from my front garden a couple of years ago and the thief clearly tried to take one of my smaller pots as well but gave up and only moved it a foot or so as it was far heavier than it looked - I had half-filled it with bricks before planting it up in the hope of this acting as a deterrent.  Unfortunately there wasn't enough depth to do the same with the window-box.  I've been reluctant to put window-boxes out since but took a chance last year and was OK and have just re-planted for this year.  I am now just keeping my fingers crossed.  One other thing: previously the front was just concrete and it was quick and easy to walk from the gate, grab the box and exit.  Since then I have had concrete removed and have planted it all up; consequently it would be less easy to access them and I'm hoping this may help.

Another "Guess the plant" Thread

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:36

I do enjoy these mystery plants (although I can rarely suggest anything!)

I agree with Nola and think the small one at the back is a Hebe but have no idea what the main one is.

RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:33

Just adding my penn'orth.  I've not bought from the RHS but a friend was very disappointed with recent purchases. 


Cheese Plant Growing

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 17:03

I've had that happen to mine in the past and read somewhere that it happens when overwatered.  Could that be the case with yours?

Talkback: Growing plants for winter scent

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 13:07

Hi Chicky,

I have a wintersweet and only realised after planting that they can take up to 7 years to flower.  Mine started flowering in its third year (a little) and improves every year.  This year I've had a pretty nice display (year 5).  The fragrance is so lovely, though, that it's worth waiting for.  Good luck with yours!

Small pruning saw needs replacing

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 13:02

I've had a Draper folding saw which was great but I can't get a replacement blade for it as they've stopped making that size.  Have now bought a Felco folding saw, which is absolutely brilliant.

Do these grow through plants?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 13:00

I know what you mean, Nutcutlet.  The smaller ones might go nicely with some of the other plants listed, byzantinus or butterfly glads (?)

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 11:43

I think we need to get a bit better at living and letting live.

Living Walls

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 14:52

You could also have a go at this.....

Feeding blackbirds

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 14:50

I tend to put out dried fruit for the blackbirds, to make sure they get something.  The wood pigeons also like it but the other pigeons leave it alone.  Try to spare a thought for the pigeons, though - they can't help what they are and they're hungry too.  

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