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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.  

Carol Klein

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 14:45

I loved it too and will make a point of watching, despite seeing the whole of the series before.  Carol is just brilliant and I love her enthusiasm.  It's beautifully shot (and I love seeing her dogs and cats....)  She always makes me want to get out there and garden.

need help

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 14:41

It might be worth googling Sarah Raven as she did a short TV series about plants that are beneficial for wildlife, including flower meadows.  One of the things she looked at was whether to go with annual or perennial wildflowers.  You can also buy pre-seeded 'mats' or even turf that you roll out but of course this is pricey.  Hope this helps.

Don't blackbirds like grapes

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 14:33

It might be to do with the size or the colour.  I understand they're most attracted to blue, black and red (unless they were red grapes, of course.....) 

Free Entry To Kew Gardens

Posted: 12/12/2012 at 16:57

Thank you!!

Autumn and what now?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 11:33

Another good one for early in the year is the ornamental current (Ribes sanguineum).  I planted one for the bees a few years ago and they absolutely love it.  I wasn't all that keen on Ribes before, if I'm honest, but I'm now a definite convert and think they're lovely.  The one I have is 'Pulborough Scarlet'.

Bugs in bin

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 12:54

Could be baby worms, or larvae of the small flies you often get in compost heaps.


Posted: 14/08/2012 at 12:42


I don't know what the problem is with Josie4's buds but for Kate1123: I tried and failed with acidanthera twice, then last year put them in the sunniest spot I could find.   They flowered beautifully and when I lifted them for storage I could see that the bulbs had bulked up; there were also lots of bulblets that I am growing on, so would suggest that sun and lots of it is the way to go.

All the best,

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