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monty don

Posted: 03/03/2012 at 20:41

I did like Toby, but sometimes felt it was more like a DIY gardening show rather than a program about gardening with plants.  I must admit I did get a bit fed up with it.  Monty is definitely about plants which is what I want to see.  Although as I only have a very small garden some of it is a bit beyond me.  My favourite will always be Alan, but I do wish his programs were on BBC.  Adverts are so annoying, could the BBC bring back Alan to do the same kind of program? Because it is totally different to Gardener's World, but just as enjoyable.  You might have to pay him a bit more, but surely he is worth it!

Talkback: Mice in the garden

Posted: 25/02/2012 at 19:53

We have woodmice, they disappear under the decking and we find nests in the cluttered garage.  I had a shock once when I lifted the lid on the compost bin to find them nested in it.  They are able to climb the metal pole from which we hang the fat blocks, even the squirrel can't do that!

When I sit outside the shed in the summer, I daren't move my feet because bees constantly come and go underneath the decking.  Very relaxing watching bees going about their business and not minding me.  I spent ages cutting up bamboo sticks to make bee boxes and in 2 years, I've not had a single bee in them.  They obviously prefer the decking, since we have rather a lot of decking (I got rid of the lawn and had it decked and paved) I find that we have more wildlife in the garden than we had previously.   I have tried to plant all the things bee like, and that way I don't feel so guilty when I plant things I like.  I can't survive the summer without my french marigolds!

I love the wildlife wall.  I don't have anywhere suitable for one, but I pile up all my twiggy cuttings at the back of the garden behind shrubs and I know there are lots of things living there.


Posted: 20/02/2012 at 16:02

Luckily I have not had this problem, but one of our neighbours had some pots stolen.

When I renewed my house insurance this year I discovered that for no extra cost, I could also insure my Garden, and items such as furniture, pots etc.   It might be worth considering if the thefts are expensive.


Plants still in flower?

Posted: 12/01/2012 at 20:21

Here in Chester, I have roses, primulas, pentemon, valerian, helebores, osteospernum all in flower, some of last summer's annuals are still hanging on and my opium poppies are starting to show their leaves.  My beautiful red geraniums from last summer are still looking fabulous and are in bud, but I have put them on to the doorstep for some extra shelter as my leanto greanhouse is full.

  On a trip to see my Auntie in north Wales today all the snowdrops were in flower, but no sign of them in my garden yet

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