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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.

Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 13:48

Great site on hedgehogs !


I'm going to make a hedgehog house and holes in my fence !!!    woo hoo !

Help with identification, this plant is ruining my summer!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 12:03


I can't see Twinkle_83's picture, but if it is Himalayan Balsam, it definitely will survive in the North of Scotland, as I live in Moray, and it was rife at a cottage I used to rent.  I still live in Moray, but there are none of the plants where I now live - thank goodness.  I agree the way the seeds are spread is fascinating, but a nuisance plant nonetheless.

top 5

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 13:45

Oh wow, only 5 ?  


it'd have to be:


paeonies - only just getting into them, as I normally like small flowers, but these great blousey ones are just great.  I've gone from having none to now having 6 ready to plant out.

hellebores, amongst the ones I have, one is lime green and I love it !

snakes head frittilaries - I had to leave the ones I had at my last house, as I couldn't find the bulbs in the ground, should explain, I stripped my garden of plants and brought them ALL with me

erm, next I guess would be an old type rose, taking me back to my childhood, I have a lemon coloured one in the garden (that I brought with me) and it actually smells of lemons, wonderful,

and finally, I think it would have to be lavendar, as my Mum and Dad had a massive lavendar bush in the front garden when I was a child, and I don't think you can beat the relaxing calming smell of it.


and as everyone else seems to be sneakingly adding others, can I add double snowdrops and aqualegias ?  I had a lovely pink and white grannies bonnet one, and a lime green one which have disappeared over the years, but now I have purple ones, white and purple ones, and my red and yellow one has gone all red and raspberry this year ?? and also the garden I've inherited since moving in December has just thrown up a lovely fussy flowered aqualegia which I reckon must be called raspberry ripple.  My signature picture is of it in its infancy, as I loved the lime green of it, but now it's all raspberry ripple, pink, green, and white.

grass clippings at base of established azalea

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 12:41

Hi sotongeoff


Thanks for the info, I think I'll pull the clippings away from the Azalea tonight .  It's just where to put all the clippings!!  Cutting the grass front and back, easily fills around 3 wheelie-bins a week, so have been putting the clippings from the back at the Azalea, and the clippings from the main garden spread out in one corner, over an area 30ft x 10ft, though looking on the internet for info after my posting, now think I will have to turn this over once a week so it too doesn't get too hot and turn to stinky slime, as it's already a foot deep .  Maybe I'll have to bite the bullet and take a half dozen trips to the tip to clear it once in a while, good ole Volvo estate ....... !

grass clippings at base of established azalea

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 11:51

Hi everyone !

My first query

I moved into a cottage in December, and am lucky enough to have inherited a very large garden, with ground behind also.  I cut the grass about once a week at the moment, though this will probably increase to twice a week with the coming season.  My query is that with the massive amount of grass clippings I'm taking from the area behind my cottage, it is proving too much to put in the brown bin which only gets collected every 2 weeks, and too much to be taking to the tip every week.  I have so far been dumping the clippings at the base of an established Azalea (15ft x 15ft).


Will this damage the Azalea, or feed the roots.  Should I stop dumping the clippings there ?  Should I moderate the amount I put there ?


Any help is appreciated, as don't want to kill this fabulous Azalea which is bright pink in colour.



Subscribers' club discounts

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 10:12

Ah i see

I've not experienced this myself, but ONLY coz I usually only order the 'freebies'.  I missed the ordering date with the Rose and Clematis from Mont Rose of Guernsey, but my mum ordered and paid for them after the offer.

No doubt when something takes my fancy when I order the next lot of 'freebies' I'll likely face the same probs you've been experiencing.

Happy gardening

Subscribers' club discounts

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 09:47


Don't have my magazine to hand, but my understanding is that you order the lavendars with the special order code provided and pay the £4.90 P&P, and then if you want to order further stuff, you can then use our special subscriber code and you will then get 10% off these further items, but only if you order them separately.

I recently ordered the Lavendars online, and as I have a £5.00 voucher to use with T&M tried to enter this code at the same time, like you did, but the same - it whacked on P&P, so I just ordered the Lavendars with the code given, paid my £4.90 P&P -  and will save my £5.00 voucher for another day.

Neighbours dogs - my plant pots!

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 13:25

How about trying the citronella gel crystals that are used to deter cats? Think they're called 'get off my lawn' or something, are green in colour, about £3 - £4, and are in a bottle like a tomato sauce bottle 

 Might work on dogs too, though you'll have to replace them every few days or so, after heavy rainfall, or this baking sun we're experiencing at the mo.  I used them years ago when I lived in Yorkshire, because cats kept leaving their business in the middle of my lawn, but sprinkling the gel crystals around soon stopped them .

Good luck !

dwarf peach tree from homebase

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 14:11

Thanks for the update !    I'll wait a while longer with my peach tree, as an apple I have in the garden has only just opened it's blossom, whilst the one already established on the ground behind my home has been blossoming for weeks. And a pear tree already here has blossomed and now has fruit the size of large peas, whilst a pear tree I brought with me has only leafed up and no blossom, totally confusing.  I think maybe the peach I have is getting a complex as I check it every day

Fingers crossed !

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