Jess is in the Garden


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Hedgehogs

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 11:11

Good point!

downsizing my garden

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 11:10

It's beautiful 


But I suppose with a border that long, a lot of work to keep it looking that good. I see your point now.


Could you clear areas of long border, leaving choice, easy to maintain shrubs within it and grass around them?


Woodland drift plants around the back, where your wooded area is now, as mentioned above by several people (and me)...and depending on your soil type and exposure, perhaps a dry garden in the hottest part - with non invading grasses, sedums, hardy geraniums, sempervivums, coreopsis, etc...planted with gravel around, along with some good ground coverers and smaller self seeders?


Do you have an area currently in which to sit, which could also be extended and planted up with large shrubs, feature/architectural plants?


Thinking of astelias, Phormiums, grasses again, all very easy and take up space.


Could one area nearer the house become a raised veggie bed?

Plant ID please

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 10:29

Thank you nut - I remain stumped!

downsizing my garden

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 10:28

'sweet disorder in the dress' brilliant image 

Hedgehogs

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 10:26

I don't know if this helps, but whenever we went away, when we had a cat, we had one of those timer controlled cat feeders, that provided up to 5/6 meals at regular 12/24 hour intervals.


It sat on an ice pack, which obviously only kept everything cool for a day, but with dry biscuits it wasn't a problem.


Wondering if your hog would be able to feed from something like that, when you're not around?


I think it was by PetMate.


Wish I had hogs in our garden! Too small and in inner London...

downsizing my garden

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 10:20

Just  at your garden raisingirl!


I can only dream!


I suppose if I did now, and it was too much for me, I'd consider planting in drifts and using native wild flowers wherever possible to self seed and cancel out undesirable plants/weeds.


Crocuses, cyclamen, cranesbills, narcissi, snowdrops, mini irises, fritillaries...my mind is boggling 

Last edited: 26 April 2017 10:20:24

Lavender Wilting

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 10:11

Duh, would help if I actually attached the photo, wouldn't it...


Lavender Wilting

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 10:11

Grubs look like this and are pretty foul!


About 1cm long, creamy, with a darker head.


I stuck mine in a dish and let the blackbirds have a treat, whenever I found them. 


There may be eggs laid by the adult beetles, in the soil, that you can't see...so if you do find a grub then it's best to chuck the soil out, wash the root ball and replant in fresh soil (as Dove said above!)


Good luck 

Last edited: 26 April 2017 10:12:27

Buying trees online

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 10:07

Good point Learnincurve - and 24 couriers will make all the difference.

Can anyone suggest a tall white tulip flowering same time as queen of the night

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 10:06

Me neither. But this has inspired me to start again - those two colours together were just amazing.

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