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Posted: 16/08/2013 at 16:01

Hi Smokin Donkey and Audrie, what a lovely conversation, I enjoyed reading it.Smokin is right about waiting. I had a pergola erected in April 2010 after much thought as it faces northwest and does not get much sun in winter. I was reluctant to have one as I thought that apart from the plants affecting the light in the winter, I would find it difficult to find the right plants that would thrive there. Now I wish I had done it years ago, as my main aim was to attract small birds as they were not getting a look in on the bird table and bath.

The plants grew well but the three bird feeders only attracted squirrels! Not even in the bitter winter that we have had recently. But after one year, gradually the little birds that I wanted to attract(tits, finches etc.) started appearing.This year we have had them all  squabbling for alook in and queing for the bath(a large  ceramic dish on the patio.) They have no problem with me sitting inches away from them. The patience paid off I think, and they wanted to feel secure and get used to the situation. So please don't give up, they will give you immense pleasure, as Smokin says.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:14

Yes, let's hope it IS a glorious Autumn as most plants started late and are still catching up, like me. But I am making the most of the warm weather and enjoying it too along with all of you......life's good


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:09

Hi Alan,there is a "hibrid" variety, I have been reliably informed; which bears clusters of creamy white flowers.It is called "Clotted Cream".I was given one in the Spring and it was slow to take off(maybe the cold spring) But it put on rapid growth when the warm weather arrived and started flowering in mid June and is still flowering. It is a mature plant, approximately, 5' high when I aquired it. I have it growing in a large pot and it is clambering up the pergola, which faces northwest.And yes, it is more fragrant than the pure white one, especially on warm humid days. There is a question mark over its hardiness as it looks slightly delicate compared to the hardy Officinale and its leaves are paler too. You could try growing it in a sheltered location or up close to the house.

By the way, I am unable to use the spell check,does anyone else have the same problem or can some one help me please?

Thank you. 


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 11:17

OMG Mrs G. I admire your decipline with taking the before and after pictures, especially as I noticed that you have not one but THREE hunky helpers to cater for! I find that while I am thinking about taking the before pictures the job is half way in progress and I had forgotten!

You have achieved alot and, no, don't get rid of the trampoline.They are good fun after a glass or two  when the children have gone to bed.

Whatever you do, don't forget to take time out and enjoy it all ,as our summers are so short and precious and before you know it; it will be autumn. The nights are already starting to draw in.

Have fun and more pictures please........especially on the trampoline


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 10:34

I think it might be potbound and dry. I grow some plants in pots for several reasons and especially in the recent good weather I have found that when it has rained I tend not to water them and find that they are bone dry despite the downpour. Thankfully plants are very forgiving and after a good soaking they turn out as good as new. So do as suggested and it will be fine.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 10:26

I agree TT, the boggles, but if it raises a smile I'm there


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 10:11

I agree,Fairygirl & co. I thought the same but felt that I was being baised as the double act of Monty& Nigel always bring a smile to my face. I have felt that Monty is very basic and down to earth.Especially the manner in which he dealt with his recent illness. He comes over as someone who is self effacing and happiest when he is in his bit of "paradise" with Nigel in tow.

He has no airs and graces, him apologising to Nigel reminded me of me saying sorry to plants when I accidently break a branch; but I am soppy anyway


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 06:59

AAhhhh......thank you walkiestime, I thought I was the only one who had missed him. I assumed that it was probably filmed when he was recuperating after hurting his back........poor baby.

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 09:28

Thank so much Daintiness and PeterE17.You have confirmed what I dreaded, I had "red leg" in the 1980's and I found bodies on the lawn. Unfortunately this time there were much more as the frog population had gradually increased.I hope they recover. Thank you again, I am truely blessed to have found this forum

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 09:12

I feel very sad reading this post, but I am glad of it and hope someone can help me.I have had a pond with fish for years but NEVER seen what I have seen in the last fortnight. I have had frogs having froglets every year and they have done well coexisting with the fish. Thery were about 15 in all(they used to bask in the sun on the rocks surrounding the pond and thery were babies in various sizes.I asume they were last years and this years' babies.But now, every morning there are up to 4 dead frogs by the pond. I am so upset, the fish are ok so far so it can't be the pond.I hope you will respond with ideas, thank you.

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