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Muvs Dashwood

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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.

Ideas for some instant Autumn colour please

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 09:51

I always underplant violas with bulbs. if you dead head them they flower prolifically for months and when they get leggy I do a chelsea chop and they recover and flower some more. Although I do move them in spring I can get them to flower all year but usually don't have time in spring/summer to dead head which they need. Cheap and cheerful until my garden matures.

Planting Bulbs and Squirrels

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 09:34

I have 2 cats and a dog who keep the squirrels out of the garden, the squirrels mostly keep the cats busy and then they leave the birds alone. I always water the soil after planting, pick up all the debris from the bulbs and then release the beasts.

rooms in my garden

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 22:28

Height. Anything that makes it. It divides a garden up. It doesn't have to be permanent. I made a lovely big obelisk with three triangular pieces of trellis from Wilko, painted cream, wired together and pegged down, with several clematis up it. Just putting stakes into the ground in a line, linking with rope and growing climbers on it. Crambe, bonariensis, wild carrot, anemones or today I saw beautiful tall golden rod. A 'wall' of sweet peas looks and smells divine.

Colour. In garden

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 22:20

I would suggest looking in other peoples gardens nearby. See what grows well in your area and you can see how big they get and whether you actually like them. If you take photos of them your garden centre or perhaps a gardener friend can tell you what they are. Look in charity shops for some gardening books too or perhaps the library. I can grow pinks and lavender in my new house but at my old house - 40 miles away - I couldn't.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 21:38

I LOVE looking at pictures of other people's gardens. I moved to mine 2 years ago and although it is large in comparison to most others in Torquay I have 3 large sycamores which have to stay - just too big to remove - and the side is shaded by evergreen oaks and it was full of evergreen shrubs. I have got flowers this year and more backbreaking work planned so I can have even more next year. A clear site would have been preferable but heigh ho. Your garden is beautiful and I am very envious.

Ideas for some instant Autumn colour please

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 21:24

Violas have such a long flowering season and you can choose a colour scheme to suit your taste. They are available everywhere. I bought some frilly pansies last year and the scent was gorgeous - I had some in buckets hooked on a trellis arch at the front door. I understand that some think they are gaudy - I used to - but I plant muted colours and they really lift the garden at this time of year.

Brand New Garden - 1 Year on

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:30

Perhaps look at Geoff Hamiltons cottage gardens book or DVD - my bible if I'm honest! It took me a while but deciding to have no grass at all is quite freeing. I just have various types of path meandering through deep beds now. Oh and height, pergolas, obelisques, tall plants.

Discussions started by Muvs Dashwood

Slug nematodes... yay or nay?

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A chapter of a book

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In flower now

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Plants for scent.

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Tree and shrub stumps.

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