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Spring Watch

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 21:24

Hello everyone,

How wonderful this programme is. It shows us the background & the private lives of wildlife we see in our gardens. I so enjoy seeing the lives of our garden birds and the trials they have to ovecome to make it to survival. It shows me how everything in nature is co dependant, the plants, habitats, birds & mammals.

It inspires me to continue to garden in a way to promote all different types of wildlife.

The peregrine falcon footage is fantastic, whilst these birds won't be nesting in my garden I love to  see them. I will always try and garden with wildlife in mind as small  habitats can give rise to a lot of different life.






Green Houses

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 13:33

Hi  Cheesey ed 4,

Thanks for the information, certainly looks resonable in price


Planting scheme....

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 22:17

Hello Tim,

I've been doing exactly what your planning. My lawn has all but gone, in it's place are differenting heights, walls and large planting spaces/beds.

I want a true cottage garden with different heights of plants, eventually I want to be able to walk through  my garden, which is good for bees, insects and all wildlife.

I would grow the plants that you like, rather than follow any other persons sense of planting. I'm growing a lot of perinnial plants which won't give me a show til next year but I've got some annuals on the go a well.

I agree thought that mass planting of one plant is best for the overall effect. I wanted snapdragons in my garden at the beginning of the year so I grew them from seed................ I've still got loads,even though I gave loads away. I've filled my new beds with them. Looking forward to them flowering but  it might not be the same next year.

My advice is just go with what you like and work around  what you have already.You can always change it. Gardens are never "right" and never complete



Posted: 05/06/2012 at 19:53

 The bee was busy trying to open the lupin flowers taken yesterday.

Seen quite a few slow worms since moving here

Ads blocking the task bar

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 12:09

Hi FloBear,

Only just seen your post. I've not had any problems with it at all.In fact I wouldn't be without it. It even blocks TV ads when watching programmes on a player.

It does it's job quietly in the background, when I use other laptops without  it, it's then I notice the difference



Subscribers' club discounts

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 12:01

Hi Green Magpie,

My free perennials arrived, but as others have said they were tiny! Packaged in thimbles!  I was disapointed but they are now looking much better growing on in small pots.

I would expect that the 36 lavenders offer will be of  the same size. I've had problems accessing online offers in the past. I now do it the old fashioned way using the form & posting it with a cheque


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:46


A small pond was added to my garden last year with the idea that I had a few goldfish and wildlife. It just didn't work for me, all my fish died probably because of the lack of a pump or oxgenting plants.

Since then I've just the pond do it's own thing, Apart from cleaning out the leaves/netting it ( wrong position under two trees) I've got a few grasses around the edges, it does have different heights so things can get out of it  and a few days ago I saw a frog/or toad in it. Made my day

The pond itself was cheap in materials, used some stones to edge it, some pond liner and a couple of grasses. I'm no expert  but I would advise choose the spot carefully. I did do a little research and found that a wildlife pond & goldfish don't often go together. Thats certainly been my experience.

Oh I forgot about the digging!

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:34

Likewise, the ones sowned this Spring are doing well but no signs of flowers yet. Sowing some in the Autumn & then Spring sounds like a good idea to me.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:20

Berghill, what a  gorgeous garden you have. Was I right in thinking that there was a mauve sweet rocket growing in a woodland area? I've sown sweet rocket seeds this year ( have loads) and a couple of mature beech trees in the garden.


Green Houses

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 19:54

Now a free greenhouse I would welcome. I've got loads of seeds to do and would love to have a dry place to do this, I have a shed but it's more of a death trap  with all the stuff in it.

The cold frames that I have are more like the 4 tier greenhouse you describe. Here's one of mine in Feb


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