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Janet 4

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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.

Plant ID's please

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 23:33

Or the first one could be an anemone or a ragged robin. Lovely wild flower with pink flowers.

The second one on the right is a perennial geranium, should know the name,Wallace something, too late at night. It has lovely pink flowers, and stays in a nice rounded hump. The one on the left could be an Astrantia. Star shaped flower in red or pink,

The third one is too small for me to see at this time. They look similar to the meadowsweet that is starting to flower here at home.Again a beautiful sweet smelling white cloud of froth you see on the sides of the roads, especially here in Devon in autumn.

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 23:21

My husband cut an Almond tree down that got honey fungus. He left the stump up to 3 foot high and screwed a bird table on it. They loved it with all our scraps and bird food on it when we had the snow 2013. Unfortunately I see the local cat has pulled that off. Still may remove that now to put in an apple tree, and Pheasant berry shrub that would fill the gap. The birds would benefit from them as well.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:50

My neighbour repairs and builds classic motor bikes. So I often have to listen to the strains of a motor bike revving as well as the usual smells coming from his garages.  He is slowing down now, so not so often. Yes we have a neighbour 3 or 4 down who must work in his shed all hours. His lathe or saw is permanently going, until an ambulance turned up as he had damaged his hand! Me as I work in a call centre, I like the ambience of just the garden. Peace, tranquility, and switch out neighbours!

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:39

As`someone said, drill holes in it, enough to put some soil in, and plant ferns in there, or whatever you fancy. Stumperies are all the rage at the moment. Think of all the insects you are helping, they will eat and live in it, which will be food for beds, And so it goes on. We had to once take a stump out with a car beside one house. It will rot in time.

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A night time surprise. 
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Next seasons invasive plant.

What will be our next invasive species. 
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