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weed photos

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 12:07

hi finty,

right click on the little tree icon on the top of the message box you are typing into (3rd from left).

A dialogue box will come up asking you to select file to upload. Left click on the box marked (Select) and you can navigate to your my pictures folder and choose the photo.  Double click on it and, bob's your uncle.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 11:56

I had lots and lots of strange, spotless ladybirds a month ago.  Thought it was weird their spots had 'washed off' but they were still pretty and all....  Then I saw lots of my lillies were being decimated by something or other. Wasn't too worried, though, because those lovely, spotless red ladybirds sitting on my lillies would surely eat whatever pest was doing it so I left them alone to get on with their job...

 Oh well, we live and learn 

Best evergreen rambling or climbing rose?

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 12:12

I planted a gertrude jekyll climbing rose from David Austin late last year and it's  looking pretty spectacular. It's nearly as tall as me already (though, admittedly, I'm a short person )  It's a really pretty pink plus the scent is to die for.

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 11:32

Our cat is 20 now and rarely even looks out the window, let alone ventures outside, but we have almost-daily visits from 'Jack' - a battered, feral Tom cat who now has a sense of such entitlement that he loudly tells us off if his dinner isn't waiting for him on the veranda when he comes calling.  We also, as a result of feeding 'Jack', get regular visits from a particularly chubby neighbour's cat who also now tells us off if we don't feed him when he comes calling.

We also have a fox den under the potting shed and the vixen who lives there has litters of 4 or 5 each year. By late autumn we have 5 or 6 fully grown foxes to feed (I've found that feeding the m prevents the destruction they cause if they are hungry) but the vixen drives the 'teenagers' off before spring and then we start again.

And, as if our animal feeding bill wasn't enough, I've given up trying to de-squirrel the bird table and have 'adopted' the clever pair who managed to defy every deterrant and now simply have added a squirrel feeding station that is replenished with nuts daily


How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 10:56

Although it's still a work in progress and will be for a while, I have to admit that it's been thrilling this year seeing the progress of what I planted last year.  And last week I cooked my first ever homegrown potatoes and that was truly satisfying - even though, to be honest, I don't much like potatoes

I've been charting my 'progress' over the last year, so this is the garden as it was at the end of April 2012

 This is after addition of some trees, a top border and my 'grave'


and this is early this year.


Still lots to do but considering I work full time and am a very petite woman, I think I've achieved a lot of physical labour in one year and things can only get easier from now on.

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 09:47

Only last year   After twenty years of living in apartments and successfully murdering countless window boxes by lack of water and/or attention, we bought a house five years ago with a huge back garden, dropping in three terraces, and completely laid to lawn. After four years of staring glumly at that plain and boring lawn - and vainly  hoping my husband might do something about it - I finally decided last May to plant a single tree because they were being sold off cheap in Costco

It took the best part of a day to dig a hole for it because I had no tools except an old, blunt and partly concrete covered spade that had been left by some builders.  The tree looked very small and lonely, so I ended up buying four more (and a new spade).  Then, because I needed to justify buying the spade, I decided to dig a small flower bed on the second terrace.  I bought some edging stones and, after a lot of frustration, I invested in a turf cutting knife, and dug out a rectangular 6 x 3 hole, filled it with compost and edged it with the stones.  I trudged back up the garden, wanting to look down with pride at my achievement, only to realise with horror that it looked exactly like I'd buried someone in the middle of the lawn.  So then I doubled the length of it, but then it looked like I'd buried  a long skinny person, so then I had to double the width of it too, and by the time it stopped looking like a grave I had a pretty large flower bed that needed to be planted. So I bought lots of plants but - since I didn't know what I was doing - it took a while to plant them and the weather turned and I desperately needed somewhere to keep them (and me) out of the cold and wet so I moaned at my husband I needed a  shed but he said it was too expensive so I put feelers out for a second hand greenhouse.  A few weeks later, I was offered a greenhouse by someone who was moving house and arranged to get it dismantled and delivered. Unbeknowst to me, my husband had arranged to surprise me with a potting shed for my birthday.  So within a 2 week period I had both installed at the bottom of the garden.  Then, of course, I had to justify having a huge greenhouse and potting shed by filling both of them with growing stuff and that meant digging more beds to put the growing stuff into and, well, that's how I got into gardening

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 11:36

Get a cat of your own... best deterent ever for other cats plus they very rarely do 'the business' in their own garden. On the otherhand, now the neighbours cats stay away, I have foxes cavorting in my flowerbeds so one problem wass just replaced by another.

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