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Lancashire skies.

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 09:13

ditto for north east scotland - let's see how long it lasts

more coming soon

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 14:00

Hi everyone


I'm just about to crash into the big 40

I live in North East Scotland (though originally from the South East), and have just inherited a third of an acre garden with the cottage I purchased in December of last year, which hadn't been touched for a couple of years.  It has previously been landscaped into a massive veg plot, and then put back to grass, so I have spent the last 4 months re-landscaping it into a modest veg plot, one massive flowerbed, smaller flowerbeds around-about, a mini-orchard, and have yet to cut my soft fruit area.  I have 2 small greenhouses (metal frame and plastic cover type) and have recently bought a second-hand aluminium and glass one to put together - just how many greenhouses does one person need ?  I've never had one, so am playing at seeing what I can grow in them.  This is the biggest garden I've ever had, and feel very lucky that I can now play with it to my heart's content.  I have 2 dogs, who love the garden also and are happy that you can throw a frizbee full whack without damaging anything !!!  I'd say I'm relatively experienced in the garden, know a reasonable amount of plants, but as ever am always learning new names of plants, and wanting new things.  I think my postman must think I'm bonkers as he's been delivering plants practically every week since March this year !!!!!  I have lots of different birds to the garden, and deer outside my kitchen window.  Haven't seen any badgers or foxes though, and will be making a hedgehog habitat in the near future.   I'm planting flowerbeds everywhere I possibly can, and search constantly for insect friendly species to encourage the wildlife.  My next project in the garden, after sorting my fruit patch, will be a pond.  About 15' x 7' I reckon.  There was already a trench dug in the far corner of the garden, goodness knows what for, but it's going to become my pond, only problem is my garden's on a slight slope, so I have to figure out what to put at the lower end to stop the water just running away.  Might have to speak to the local farmer to drop a couple massive boulders there I reckon, line with carpet and then liner and away I go !   looking forward to getting frogs and toads in the garden / pond, already dug up one toad when I was cutting my veg patch (don't think he was best pleased as he squirted at me).


Hope that's enough info to be going on with

encouraging the local woodpecker to come back to the garden

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 12:25

Hi one girl and her dog(s)


here's another one girl and her dog(s)


I have the black and white woodpeckers here (north east Scotland).


I find that mine like the peanuts most.  He / she visits from time to time, but you do have to be SO STILL so as not to scare them, the feeder is outside my front room window, about 10 foot away.  They do always know you're there, as Robot says their eyesight is phenomenal !!  It's a pleasure to see them though, so if I see one, I have to play 'statues' for about 5 minutes til they're finished feeding

Talkback: Growing lupins

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 13:09

I'm confused

Just how 'short-lived' are they supposed to be ?  I've had the same pink and white Lupin in my garden for over 9 years, and it's travelled to 3 different gardens with me.  It's now found it's forever home, so I'll be disappointed if it suddenly decides to die, as it's going great-guns this year  I too love to see the bumblies on the flowers, the way they settle on the bottom of the flower and it just drops down so they can get inside to all the goodies is fascinating to watch.

goji berries

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 09:59

Hi Auntie E


I have not long planted out a Goji bush, I say bush as apparently they have a sprawling habit so I have put it in the patch with my fruit trees, and not my fruit bushes / raspberries etc, so that way it can go crazy and sprawl as much as it likes.  I've put a wire frame round it at the mo, to support the branches til it thickens up a bit.  The plant is only about 2 foot high and quite leggy at the moment, but that's my fault as I kept it inside for about 2 years  what with 'bringing it on' indoors, and then moving house, but now it's finding it's feet outside and has really picked up this week.  I'm in the north of Scotland, and I've read that the bushes are quite hardy so should be ok.  No flowers or fruit yet, but plenty of little leaves, so hopefully only a matter of time til I'm chomping on Goji berries.

which plant is behind Monty (8 June)

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 14:17

Was just having a stab at it being Phlox, as mine in the garden are barely 10" tall at the moment and with no flowers.  When I looked the plant up on the internet, it showed an array of colours.  I have a pink one and a purple one.....couldn't see from the above pic whether it's the same plant or not though.

Wheelbarrow handle grips.

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:41

can you wrap some plastic tape (like insulation tape) round the wheelbarrow handles, then push on the handle grips, so it's a really nice tight fit ?

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:36

OK, next guess ..... female black redstart ??   

which plant is behind Monty (8 June)

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:18

phlox ?

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:13

Hi Robot !


Looks a bit like a dunnock ?   I have them in my garden, usually just one zooming around, but saw about 3 jumping all over each other yesterday - tee hee, desperate to get the food I just put out on returning home from work, as have to keep taking it in during the day as the Starlings have found me and keep savaging everything in site, which is pretty annoying as there are a lot of different baby birds around at the moment, which are struggling for food.

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