Latest posts by jatnikapyar

New to this site

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 09:46

Hi PepperTed, welcome. This, IMO is a very friendly forum and generous to a"T".

I hope you enjoy being part of it and enjoy the gardening.

Blasted squirrels!

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 10:00

I have finally given up after struggling with magpies, squirrels,cats, rooks, sparrow hawks and wood pigeons for 50 years. I just put out the food and enjoy watching all of them take their chances!

P.S. So far The feeders with an outer cage are O.K. and some small birds do get a feed, fingers crossed.

Wheres my berries???

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 15:49

Sorry to sound so boring Dove, but my neighbour says it,s the weather(again!!)

I have three in my garden and have had berry laden trees for a few years. This year only two have some berries on them and the wood pigeons are already feasting on them. I hope they leave some for the red wings which come a bit later in the year. They are such a pleasant sight as they are very gregarious like the starling and only visit once a year. I hope 2013 is a good year for your holly tree Dove.

Thinking of installing a pond

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 10:06

Hi Norm,

My pond is about the size you mention and it has been here for nearly 40 years. Apart from having to replace the liner we have had no major probs.I grow a variegated grass in it, which dies down in the autumn and I have to clear it. Apart from that I just  remove  the pump in the autumn to clean it before putting it away. (Some people don't even do that.) It needs topping up occasionally and I have a hose attached to a water butt to do that. I have a mock orange nearby so net the pond, so I do not need to clear the leaves. It has gold fish in it and several frogs too. So do have a go. I get lots of pleasure watching the wildlife it attracts and the sound of the "waterfall". The only other job I have to do daily is to feed the fish(only in the summer) which is a pleasure in itself as, (after a while) they come up to greet you  if you feed them at a specific time every day!!


Posted: 17/11/2012 at 12:01

Hi, I had the problem in my GH  real bad this year I believe it was due to the lack of sunshine and warmth. Inadequate ventilation can be a probable cause. Hope 2013 is better!

Can you help identify this plant?

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 11:56

Have a go nutcutlet.....it is problem free. Depending on the size of the plant you buy , it takes a couple of years to settle. i struck one from one of the "suckers" and it was slow to start off. But it is a welcome splash of colour in the spring as it is one of the few plants that  come up first. I have mine trained against a fence and it stays in bloom for about a fortnight. good luck.

Can you help identify this plant?

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 08:10

Hi, its, a Quince and it reproduces with suckers. Has red flowers in spring(commonest colour) There are varieties in white and pink too.

Grape vine

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 07:25

Bob is right Babara, I have four vines and they are of different ages. They do take a couple of years to settle down and need a sunny position to perform well. I find that the one in the GH never fails to do well but it had mould this year due to the damp weather. They are easy to strike and pest and disease resistant. I have one in a large pot(about 2 years old) and hope to emulate the commercial way of heavy pruning to see how it performs!

Is this a weed as it is spreading rapidly

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 09:57

I agree, I have them under the trees and they brighten up the area after the ferns have died down.


Posted: 12/11/2012 at 09:42

I grow wild teasel Alan(some people call them weeds!) and it is such a pleasure watching the gold finches performing acrobatics as they pick the seeds. They seem to be very gregarious, like the starlings and always arrive in groups of at least 6-7. The Jays still reign supreme, giving the squirrels a hard time competing for the peanuts! This year a pair of parakeets nested nearby and produced two young ones. They keep us alert with their loud chatter. Watching the wildlife does help to get through the bleak winter months......roll on spring

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