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scaredy cat plant, does it work

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 21:46

The man in the video said "muscle spray" - meaning Deep Heat, Tiger Balm or other stuff you apply to aching muscles. There's loads of supermarket products available. We used to suffer from cat invasions in our garden and tried everything to keep them away - grated Wrights Coal Tar soap (looked like Red Leicester cheese sprinkled on the borders); teabags soaked with Olbas Oil; wax cones with camphor hung on the fence; Vicks dabbed on fence posts. We still had cats, but all of them had lovely clear sinuses as a result. In the end we moved. Electronic cat scarer failed in new garden - we could hear it even if the moggies didn't.  Water pistol was best (and most satisfying) deterrent but we have never had the time to stand on guard waiting for the cats to stroll by.

Mystery shrubs or trees in our new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 14:21

Thanks for the tips; the garden is rather overgrown at the moment, but underneath the foliage I can see it was well-designed originally and has some very nice mature shrubs. Although it's SW-facing, the garden is full of evergreen shrubs, small trees and ferns. Oh - and a neglected pond in need of overhaul.

Mystery shrubs or trees in our new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 13:14

Thanks for the speedy reply, nutcutlet. Hopefully we'll not have problems getting this all trimmed back. There's a few ivy-like plants in the new garden - evidence of old dry growth being pulled down from the brickwork of the house - but no damage, it seems


Mystery shrubs or trees in our new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 12:38

We are gardening newbies. These two samples have come from the garden of a house we are buying. Both are from fairly overgrown trees / shrubs dangling over the fence from a neighbour's garden. Can nayone identify what they are, please? The one on the right had flowers like skinny white lilac sprays earlier this year. Thanks in advance!


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