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Hester Scott

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Cuckoo Spit

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 22:37

They are cool little guys with their bulgy eyes just blowing their bubbles!  They don't seem to do any harm and don't need to be killed.......

Talkback: 100 hungry snails

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:22

Good to see someone with an alternative to that horribly cruel practice of putting them in salty water.  Stamping on them is instant and efficient also.  The nail polish painting and waiting game is interesting too.  Three returns is as many as I have observed, and observing the survivors from one year to another.  However I don't agree about the slugs...... I think they do more damage than the snails.  Sad story about the cornflower.

Plant ID, updates and confirmations.

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:44

Now, can we take our own advice!  That looks like a little owl you are holding?  

Plant ID, updates and confirmations.

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 08:57

Think you are putting your finger on several excellent points, Jack.  We should after everything enjoy the positives in our gardens.  Hard to do sometimes, we focus on the problems.  I need to keep telling myself that our decisions are not always between good and bad options, but between good and good ones.

Cavalo Nero

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 08:58

I eat everything to the not so bitter end. Brussels sprouts keep sprouting all over. used purple sprouting broccoli from one year to the next. Mine is far from the best or neatest allotment on our small site, but I am the only one where there is something to pick and eat all through the year.

Morning Glory

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 01:47

They are poor for me outdoors, so I grow them in a porch conservatory, and after many years I now pinch them out to try to keep them as bushy as poss.


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 08:17

Shelly, wonder how you are getting on now, as I see your post was August.   Hillary gave good advice just now and I know it can be intimidating when there is a huge vigorous undertaking and you feel you know nothing.  Get physical help from a strong willing person and also work on a small easy area to give yourself confidence and enjoyment. Get a few packets of annuals and remember we all learn to garden in small incremental steps.  'Fraid this sounds a bit preachy and you are probably in a different place now!

Plant ID, updates and confirmations.

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 23:02

Think I really do know this one.... 5 is lamb's lettuce,  mâché, corn salad, different names,but same thing. It is a useful winter salad plant but doesn't taste of very much and seeds itself everywhere.  It has gone over with little blue flowers and then seed.  Ate some for supper this evening!

More Plant ID please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:56

Foxglove,  could the second pic ever be of a sycamore.  Not v clear from the photo.

Plant addiction

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 10:08

Annuals aren't necessarily gaudy, and white cosmos inserted where needed into borders will connect and unify beautifully.  White or blue love in the mist is a joy, and. There is a great cream nasturtium which hides a multitude and climbs a bit too. The little trailing lobelia will fill edges and large planters and last way into the autumn the way only a few perennials do.

yes, , my flower beds do look bitty, definitely. But I think this goes deep....a bit afraid to follow too far.  Avariciousness anybody? Must have one of those?  What about the rest of my life?  lack of discipline?  Gardening tells a lot about a person.


Discussions started by Hester Scott

Talkback: Garden pests

For the first time ever I'm considering giving up my allotment, as I have never had a year like it. I must have sown or transplanted peas a... 
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