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New garden

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 17:13

Thanks nut and lily, can't really believe I've been up here for nearly 6 months already! I would love to take the credit for the hard work but I do have a fabulous helper!

The landowner loves nature so has planted all the trees and shrubs here with wildlife in mind His wife has already given me a very generous clump of snowdrops in the green which have already gone into the spring bank for next year

Gardening and Chickens

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 17:03

Sounds great Mrs G, like your idea of the temporary enclosures sounds like they are going to have plenty of space to scratch around in, without causing havoc and mess everywhere............they are messy birds! They are going be happy chickens!

New garden

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 16:48

Hello everyone, thanks so much for all your kind words when I moved, I still love it!

I feel blessed with a relatively  stable internet connection today so thought I'd show you some pics of how the new garden is coming along


This is going to be the spring bank, at the back there's loads of self sown foxgloves and I think there's going to be some bluebells as well


My ever hungry chooks


My first honesty bloom, gardengirl gave me the seeds and this was dug up and replanted, in fact all of the plants had the same treatment

Managed to get 10 x 8 shed which you can see at the back of the border, got it for free, just had to take it down and reassemble it. I helped with the taking down, left the reassembly to someone else

Also got the chicken coup for free, the run is a bit tatty looking as it was banged together with some palletts and bits and pieces! Chickens don't mind though!


Gardening and Chickens

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 13:57

Good luck with the chickens Mrs G. I've not long got my first 3. They have a run so not completely free range, but am I surprised how quick they removed the turf,not a single blade of grass or weed insight.

I can sort of move my run, it's a bit awkward though, so they do get the chance to peck some fresh grass. Mine are very tame and follow me as I walk past just in case there's some grub going spare.

Mine will be for the table eventually and the eggs are delicious

Music in the Garden

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 13:27

Some good tracks there Edd, love will you by Hazel O Conner. Another Frankie fan here, Relax especially the 12" is still as good today as it was then.

Having a bit of a Smiths/Morrissey revivial at the moment,didn't really get in to them much the first time round. Kate Bush "Lionheart" is also being played a lot, she's a genius

Good luck punkdoc with the glasto tickets, would like to go myself, but the price and the whole camping thing wouldn't be for me now.



Posted: 12/04/2014 at 13:04

Sorry don't know, the clems I have here are all growing, fingers crossed

a few pic's

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 13:03

Wow, looks great!!

miscellaneous plants progress

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:54

I would move them outside, it probably would be wise to harden them off first as Dove suggested just to get them used the outside temps. I find the calendulas tough little plants.

Opening and closing the grow house doors is brilliant as it provides good ventilation and protection. I do leave my little seedlings outside but if it rains heavily I bring them under cover as the rain could do them some damage as they are so small


Best butterfly plants

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:21

Verbena B, Scabious and Innulas

Good draining compost

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 12:19

Good luck with them Alastair, I grew them from seed last year in normal compost. They took an age to germinate after in fridge/out fridge, inside/outside treatment. In the end I just left them outside and finally up they popped!

I have a few still alive in pots from my last place, they are lovely plants and although I found them fidley to grow, they look lovely and the butterflies and insects adore them!

 ps- Didn't realise you can take root cuttings from them

Discussions started by hollie hock

Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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Any one grown it? 
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So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 23:16

Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 23:31

Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:26

Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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How long to leave bag over them? 
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Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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