Janet 4

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Hello everyone

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 14:09

Yippee! And I shall be retired then! At last

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 14:02

Thanks folks for all your advice. Have seen the dreaded signs for the first time in 9 years of living here. Will be drenching my 2 compost bins tonight when I get home. From my over full water buts! Would have used the snappy traps actually in the bins, as we have a nosy dog. But hubby & I are going to empty them, use the good compost on the front garden, and empty the rest into the council green waste as we are in the process of selling.

Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 13:04

Schizostylis (had to Google the spelling) for late summer/autumn flowering. Sword shape leaves most of the year. So easy to maintain, and they spread so well. I have them as a river running through a flower bed by the pond. Small red sedum. a succulent that can be draped over a pot. House leeks, red/pink all year around. Could go on.

Sitting water

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 15:00

I have to brush mine away regularly here in Devon. So have made a dip along the front of the flower bed that is parallel to it, to help it soak away!

Great Way of Making Some Money Out of this Hobby?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 14:30

Sold hundreds of pounds worth of surplus plants over the years, at car boots and at work. I give car boots full away to family and charity days as well. Haven't the patience for seeds, but my plants grow prolifically so I split them. Have created many gardens for friends and family when they moved. But not after this year, moving to a much smaller place to get some rest, and preserve my back! Time will tell!


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 15:56

 Hope you knowledgeable people can help me here. At end of of August went out to do the night time slug collection with torch as per. I couldn't believe what I saw. I thought there were 100s/thousands of them on my lawn. Then the things disappeared under ground. I then realised what I was seeing were worms, coming to the top of my lawn. They covered the surface more or less, so I stopped in case I trod on them. It happened for some nights. Why? was this some mating ritual, or a full moon worm ritual? Then we found a hedgehog and frog in the garden, so stopped the nightly hunt.Would love to know what it was all about!

Acers dieing?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 09:17

My Acer leaves do go brown with wind damage. Mine is by the pond.

Low growing plants needed

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 09:14

I found a gorgeous tri coloured variegated Ajuga in a garden centre. Never seen it before. Pink, white, green and purple. Had to buy 2! My side garden which is shady and blows a gale force wind most days is covered with the purple Ajuga. It spreads like mad. The purple Ajuga by my pond flowered for weeks. Never seen the blue flowers so clearly because of being hidden in the shade. It loves it by the pond.

Miniture Willow

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 09:06

I have one of these in a flower bed and have under planted it with all sorts. It gets covered in this rust, and also in ladybirds. The problem is I think they may be harlequin ones. I have to keep trimming the ends as they grow so long and blot out the plants. One wet summer the tree just fell over with its weight, so have had to stake it now. Lovely in spring with hanging catkins and bees all over it.

Astrantia major

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 22:43

I bought some white and pink Astrantia cheap from a car boot some years ago. I thought I had lost them as everything in the flower bed near my pond get eaten by slugs. Then all of a sudden I had a large clump. This I have replanted in my dry shady part beside the house. But the beautiful deep red one I bought from a garden centre last year, just got chewed away overnight! Yep! The wrong flower bed again. Waiting to see what colours I have coming up this year.

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