Keyser Soze

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Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 08:03

We got ours before Christmas for around £30 for a 3' tree at the local GC.

Our last effort lasted for some time until my wife forgot to water it one summer. I came back from a month offshore and it was desiccated!

I planted a blue spruce in the garden some years ago at our previous house and unfortunately it was consumed with blackfly so fingers crossed we can keep this one going.

Good luck with your search sgl

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 01:38

I've just potted on my small blue spruce that we had decorated outside the front door.

Used John Innes No 3 and mixed in some ericaceous compost for good measure, (recommended by my local garden centre.)

I'm hoping we will get many years of joy from this before I have the dilemma of where it has to go into the border permanently!

Big Bold Purple Plants (for August 2014)

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 01:26

How about Sea Holly (Eryngium bourgatii)?

Very "thistle like" for Scottish theme, purple flowering in August.

Talkback: How to deter slugs with copper tape

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 01:13

I've used old cable, stripped to bare copper, wrapped around pots and twisted together where it meets. This seems to do the trick.

I don't think it's the width of copper, but just the substance itself which when wet seems to take on a small electrical charge.

I've found this works better with two lots of cable set about 1/4 inch apart so any persistent slugs will span the two and get a better shock!

A bit fiddly sometimes as it seems to slide down the cone shape of the pot but I've stuck mine on with silicone and when using fresh pots turned upside down overnight until it cures.


Posted: 08/01/2014 at 01:01

I remember Geoff Hamilton (or was it Alan Titchmarsh) describing a badly laid out rockery as resembling "currents on a cake"!

I'm no expert but my Dad was a professional gardener and he always told me  to get the rock strata or "grain" of the rocks lined up so it flows.

Rocks must be predominantly buried or appear to be buried for a natural look.

Any gravel used must be from the same type of rock.

Hope this helps.

Grasses for bees/butterflies?

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 19:00

I have a Phormium called Yellow Wave (not grass but grass-ish) which eventually sprouted a tall flower spike this year. It was absolutely dripping nectar and attracted all manner of things including wasps unfortunately!

I am also trying to attract more bees and butterflies. I particularly wanted to attract the hummingbird hawk moth. I planted some miniature buddlia earlier this year and have never seen so many butterflies in my garden!

christmas parcel

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 18:49

One to avoid at all costs is Parcel Force!

I sent a frozen food hamper to a friend of mine (haggis, black pudding etc) and unfortunately he wasn't at home when they tried to deliver on a Friday. They didn't leave a calling card (and apparently with them you cannot pick up from a depot anyway). They wouldn't redeliver on a Saturday as that is a premium pre-pay service and delivery was eventually on Monday.

Needless to say the food had thawed out and my friend was wary of consuming it.

I telephoned to complain and got absolutely nowhere with it. I would not hesitate in never using them again!

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 16:01


 Here's a couple of a Porbeagle shark, about 8ft long which I extracted from video footage at 27m. This was in the North Sea by the way! The octopus was way down at 87m (the depth is bottom right hand corner). There's a site on the internet called called SERPENT where we can send footage of creatures we might see. There's some wierd and wonderful stuff from my colleagues who work in the more exotic parts of the world! Probably one of the most spectacular things I saw was a school of Hammerhead sharks passing above us in Nigeria. I'm pleased I wasn't in the water!

The best Christmas present

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 12:37

Half of an old pair of tights with a satsuma in the bottom!

Only kidding!

A toy fort my Dad made for me when I was around 7 or 8.

Kids today seem to have so much but I am guilty of spoiling mine, as long as they value things.

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 12:29

No worries.

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Hummingbird Hawk Moth

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