Muvs Dashwood

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Keeping Cats and Wildlife apart?

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 21:10

I think it was Chris Packham who said that feeding your cats - I have 2 - in the morning instead of at night would save a great many birds. We did this - my son used to feed them at night to make sure they were in - and I don't think they have caught any since we changed it. It makes sense as they are full and just want to sleep when the birds are most active. They have bells and are always in at night. Cats keep other cats away, if there were no domestic cats we would just have feral communities who aren't neutered, fed, wormed or have bells. We too have magpies who bully the smaller birds and the jays have been very chavvy lol. I think the only casualty this year was the youngest cat - only a kitten really - who in her pursuit of bees got stung on the cheek.

GW Presenters

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 13:25

*under the cover of a steel helmet* Lovedlovedloved GH still watch his DVD's. AT was slightly disappointing, I was really hoping for more. I never watched Toby but saw him in other things and found him irritating and on the whole patronising. MD is ok but, a big but, his budget is far too big. His pond!! It was done in a flash and planted up. Not many of us could afford his time scale or scale. I would like a little more knowledge about whatever species he is talking about with some recommendations. CK is ok and her books are very good. I am watching the Beechgrove Garden on iPlayer now so will see what that is like. What I miss most about GH was his cheap versions of stuff ie my budget. There is nothing like that anymore. 

Major inspiration needed!

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 13:06

Hello Esme, a photo always seems to help people with ideas. Any chance you could upload one and I'm sure everyone will give you loads of suggestions. 

Moving a rose bush

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 20:40

Although I think you would wait a little longer to move a rose - I have several waiting myself - because of the water issue I would personally move it now. The water may kill it and you will have no rose. Keep a root ball and get it back in the soil straight away. Geoff Hamilton used to advocate a bucket of water over it, dig it up, move it, plant it and another bucket of water. He reckoned any plant would be fine at any time if you did that.

My garden

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 20:34

Stephen, my daughter laid our patio and learned a great deal doing it. We can't afford professionals and have to rely on ourselves. We used a basket weave patio mold and she mixed the concrete in a bucket and poured each slab herself. The last ones were definately better - but I like it a bit higgeldy. If your using pre-made slabs it isn't overly difficult as long as you're prepared for some bits to go wrong and have to be done again. Bed them in sand, take care over the levels, don't rush and give it a go I say. Everyone starts somewhere and if your happy that is is not perfect perfect then why not. Youtube has some great 'how to's'.


Posted: 28/09/2012 at 16:10

Summer jasmine: Is best pruned just after flowering, in late summer or early autumn. Early flower flushes develop on the previous year’s growth, but later flushes develop on the tips of the current year’s growth. Pruning after flowering gives the new growth time to mature and flower early next season. I got that from the RHS site.

kates grown Primula bulleyana from in the green seeds

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 16:02

Hewitt's Double. My favourite plant because the leaves look like Maidenhair fern and you get lovely little flowers to boot. I haven't tried propogation, even Carol Klein said it was difficult, scared me off. I don't have a greenhouse, cold frame or nuttin' so just soil and hope for me.

any suggestions

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 15:26

Obelisks in the bed with clematis or roses would disturb the wind flow. This year I made one with three triangular trellis pieces from Wilkinson painted cream with 3 clematis on it, but then I like height even in the middle of beds. I know there are some bamboos that have issues with thugishness but they do sound lovely when the wind moves through them and if you planted it in a large pot it won't be an issue.

kates grown Primula bulleyana from in the green seeds

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 15:12

Thallictrum. Such a gorgeous plant and apparently very difficult to propogate. I have had mine a couple of years and have noticed a baby that has strayed a little further from the main plant so I'm gonna see if I can separate it off.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 15:06

I am putting mine in now. We also had a bit of a M Don thing with bought ones and seeds straight in the soil. It was so successful that we're not doing that again and putting them in now, using toilet tubes on top cos they're free. My father grew sweet peas for my mother every single year. It was the only cut flower she ever had.

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