Latest posts by Marinelilium

Nesting box

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 11:54
Birds go 'house hunting' year round - like we check out property websites. (Just seeing what's on the market). They may roost alone or in clutches during bad weather inside bird boxes and pouches though. They also pop in for snacks on spiders, earwigs etc.

Feb is when serious territory battles for nest sites kicks off. They have to fight for a patch and partner so if you hear or see squabbles then mating and nesting has begun.

attracting wildlife

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 10:43
Allotmenteers' hackles will rise at this but.... globe thistles, Echinops planted or in pots, will bring all the pollinators your crops need. The spiky barrier also acts as a shield against the cats that love to hunt near ponds.

The globe thistle has more diverse insect visitors day and night than any other plant in my garden and that includes lavender, honeysuckle, Mahonia and ivy.

(Ivy is another plant that makes hackles rise but is teeming with wildlife all year round).

Log burner

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 18:22
aww flumpy I do hope you can come to a happy solution over a cuppa.

If people only knew, or could see, just how much CO2 their condensing gas/elec/oil/boilers were puffing out or their refining produced they may be much happier to smell your carbon neutral wood smoke.

Not being able to see or smell the emissions from domestic boilers makes people think they are 'cleaner' but even well-maintained new boilers chug out some nasties!


Posted: 26/12/2015 at 17:35
BTW a good Spades article in GW magazine 'On Test', pages 64-65 in January 2016 issue, but only one pointed edge shovel and no square blade shovels tested. I am still waiting for a Lurgan shovel - as Santa forgot mine even though I have been a good girl : (

Vine weevils

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 16:45
ooh I dread Vine 'Evils' too. Hoping that placing my bird feeders in my vulnerable shrubs will help reduce weevil numbers when they emerge but the blighters are nocturnal so..... can I borrow your hedgehogs please?

Wildflower meadow not growing!

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 10:51
Will keep trying pics Dove. Just had a go at Advanced Editor but still no joy.

When we walked through the grass meadow behind my house last summer, clouds and pillars of butterflies and moths spiralled up then ???disappeared' back in amongst the stems. Wonderful! Grasses are pretty too when left to seed.

Wildflower meadow not growing!

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 09:14
Did you scarify the meadow after the second year? Disturbing the soil gets some of the seeds below the soil where they will wait until really chilled (stratification) kicks off their germination process. Can take several years of work. Meadows take time and more effort than you think.

Grass meadows, as opposed to flower meadows, do create an amazing habitat for Ringlets, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, cinnabar moths etc. I have pics of mauve, pink and cream grasses just alive with butterflies but no pics are posting today

Suggestions for filling a small south facing border

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 08:57
Lovely to hear you will be a 'Moominmumma' soon! If you need a quick fix for your guests in August then pots of bedding (bargains to be had now) with lots of lavender too.

Your mum could move pots about and plant up lavender. After this 'busy season for you what about putting a cordon apple against that sunny border for next year. Babies love apple pur??e and it is so good for their digestion when weaned. Strawberries and blueberries just full of vitamin C for a a tot that will 'grow like a weed'! Fresh, unprocessed and no pesticides guaranteed when it's your own food. Good Luck Moominmumma xx

Asthma and Gardening

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:00

There are so many delicious scents in the garden but all scents are just chemicals. Those who are sensitive to these aldehydes are just bombarded by them ( even indoors). If perfumes cause headaches or nausea, pine trees,  new furniture, fresh paint or laminate flooring makes you feel tired or queasy then you maybe sensitive to aldehydes.

Most of our household smells are either oils from plants or synthetic copies so they are EVERYWHERE! Some people love the taste and smell of coriander as a yummy herb to others it tastes horribly of soap. Some love hawthorn blossom and smell almonds whilst others detect another chemical in it like ammonia ( or ol' pee) as well as the almond scent.  It's in your genes which camp you fall into. Not much you can do about that : (

Sensitivity and reactions can show on skin, breathing difficulties, headache and even mood. Antihistamines do help though and a nice trip to the seaside too for a 'change of air'.  


Help needed to identify blossom tree

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 12:12

Could be Malus x purple prince?


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