Muvs Dashwood

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Talkback: Growing autumn cyclamen

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:51

They grow wild in the banks around town here. I only moved here 2 years ago and it was absolutely delightful to see them come up in big swathes.

Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:49

The piece she did on the soapwort was surprising because she even said that it would have been very unusual for anyone to have used it - why include it then? I suppose they have a lot to fit in to a very short programme. I have loved all the 'Farm' series' but I guess people aren't around from the earlier ones so can't critique it so harsly. But having shot a hole in my own argument they could have asked people who still are. Damn!

wildlife in the city

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:43

We have had slow worms in every garden we've lived at. They love the compost heap. They do come in different colours don't they? I try and disturb my garden the least I can - impossible with a house move - and actively encourage as much as I can to share it. It always amazes me just how much wildlife there is in our gardens right under our noses.


Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:35

I have 2 cats and I remove the mess, I use dog bags from poundland or similar and it goes in the dog bins or wheelie bin. There are health issues with some cats and what they pass so wear gloves and take care. I realise not everyone likes cats but without domestic cats there would just be feral communites and at least domesticated ones are usually healthy, neutered and spend some time indoors unlike the poor feral ones. I have mice and frogs and the cats have the loudest bells possible to warn the birds and my son now feeds them in the morning, they're in all night, so they kill a lot less, in fact since he changed their feeding time I haven't seen either of them catch anything. They don't like wet soil.

Snails - the French have the right idea

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 12:31

I am going to lift them and pot them up - only bought them this year. Where do you buy copper tape? Online? Oh and do you use a plastic pot or does it need to be terracotta? This is the first year I've really had problems with slugs as I live in quite a dry area - Torquay - but we have cleared all the huge shrubs out and cut some trees down - they were swamping my small garden and I've had to leave 3 large sycamores and I have evergreen oaks at the side of the house. I took away the cover for the birds and I did have a hedgehog but haven't seen it this year so I'm assuming that + plus the wetter weather = slugfest2012!

Inspiration and ideas needed

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 12:18

Edit D I actually agree with you. The black would look amazing and really push the planting forward. Solar lighting would take care of the lighting and you could be bold with your colour scheme but I have always loved the idea of a white garden and planted a white border this year. Painting the fencing dark would concentrate the light as in the photos above so that the difference between the light and dark was stark, making there appear to be more light. Strong colours with a small palette would look great and because the area is fully visible with no hidden bits it would make it look less messy and more thought out. Height would be a good feature too to screen off some areas so that you need to walk around the whole area to see it all, perhaps a screen/trellis or just tall light planting such as crambe or even bamboo [planted in big pots] or a big swathe of verbena bonarensis I saw in the park the other day looked amazing.

Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 11:47

I am 47 and remember my mother getting her first twin tub but before that my elder sister and I used to use the mangle, sheets were folded before you put them through and usually pinched your fingers. She even had a washboard. When she died - at 55 - she still had a top loading machine and my parents never did have a front loader. I even remember bathing in a tin tub because we didn't have a bathroom at all. One of the jobs was polishing around the edges of the carpet with lavendar floor polish and when the first fitted carpet went down we felt like kings. Colour TV was on full, full colour but my own children remember having a black and white tv when we came out of the RAF in '93, I couldn't afford a colour TV licence so that haven't had it so good either. They have never had a holiday, don't have iphones or anything like that and only have a laptop because its a government supplied one so not all kids have everything on tap. I'm sure they would manage just as well as previous generations did if push came to shove.

Snails - the French have the right idea

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 11:07

Native wild flowers don't seem bothered by them, campion, sidalcea, scabious, centuramontana etc. Dicentra, russian sage, primrose, nepeta, penstemon, poppies and anemones. Candytuft, alyssum, philadelphus and cornflower have all done really well for me but next year I am going down the route of nematodes because I do want delphiniums badly.


Posted: 28/09/2012 at 10:40

As a cat owner [my sons] I have no problem with squirts of water, or even a sponge ball, but please do not use those laser beam lights or throw stones like my neighbour does [his garden is 100% decked]. The laser damages the cats eyes and the stones have cut and injured my cats numerous times [he caught the corner of ones eye]. He has the laser sound thing but has it set on loud which is unneccessary apparantly. I prefer my cats to go in my garden and one way of keeping other cats out is to have cats of your own. I would suggest underplanting things like roses, perhaps with cranesbill or something [Rosemoor does it to great effect] as cats like open soil. Pea netting just laid on the soil is quite good. I am sorry that cats aren't more controllable but my cats belong to my son and I got him them when his father left 9 yrs ago so they do mean a lot and I believe that caring for them has helped him be the kind, considerate 15 yr old he is now.

Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 10:18

I wish this programme had been made before dad died. It would have been great to have started some conversations about his experiences. He was in a childrens home somewhere up country - from here in Torquay almost everything is 'up'. His mother had run off with the coalman and his father couldn't look after children and work - he operated a steam engine - so dad, at two, was shipped off for years. Dad did fight but in Malaya as he turned 18 in 1946. My mother was 18 years younger than dad and my children say they we lived a whole generation behind. Frugal meals and make do and mend all our lives. I only knew about an inside loo and central heating when I joined the RAF in '84. I really should write a book about him but I just need the talent.

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