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Noob Gardener2

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Posted: 23/04/2013 at 15:00

No. Lion pellets don't work after a few weeks. I've had some success with an electronic squawker, but now the cats know its exact range and coverage, so I have to keep moving it! I've heard those motion-activated water squirters are quite good. There's one called a Defender and another by Contech on Amazon for ~ £50


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 14:37

I'm sure your cats are wonderful and that you are a responsible owner, but sadly many gardeners have found that other cat owners are not so careful!

Hmm... how to bring such a ruling into force? I suppose, just as the dog warden picks up stray dogs, he/she could catch any cats found wandering around. Might need a few more wardens though. And some nets on long sticks... and some clever traps!!


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 14:24

One brave person put this on - but they're not getting much support...

Help identifying rose

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 11:38

Hello everybody. I need a rose nerd to help me with this. C. 1981, my dad planted a rose in our back garden, and I want to find out what variety it was - partly as a bit of nostalgia and partly because I want to recreate the awesome rose wine he made with it!

Can anyone help me identify it? It's still growing at the house (which we sold and was turned into student accommodation 17 years ago), so it must be pretty tough variety to survive the neglect. It certainly withstood some very lax maintenance on my parents' behalf!

Here's a very blurry pic I managed to scrape from Google Street View:

It was very, very fragrant, a deep pink colour and a double bloom. I imagine that it would have been fairly commonly available when my dad bought it, as he's not the sort to go to the trouble of obtaining anything rare or expensive. It was planted in an east-facing garden with lots of trees around, so there was a fair bit of shade.

The closest variety that I've been able to find is "Wendy Cussons" (below). The flower shape certainly looks the same as I remember, but all the descriptions say that it's terribly fragile and needs perma-sun. Does anyone have any better ideas? Otherwise I'm going to have to drive up to Leeds and steal a cutting (assuming it hasn't died since street view pics were taken, of course)!


Stupid weather!

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 21:59

That's quite sweet!

Unfortunately my other, cat-owning neighbours are not quite so thoughtful. I am one of the many who suffer feline fertilising of the lawn (from both ends of the cat, it would seem). I'm thinking of getting one of those motion-detector-hosepipe-thingies. They look quite fun. 

Stupid weather!

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:34

Oh, I shall have my Factor-50 at the ready, in that case!

Sadly my nice neighbour is no longer my neighbour. She was only renting for a couple of years while she served at the local airforce base, and has now gone back to America. We'll miss her!

The latest people to move in have a miniature-sized person whose favourite activities seem to include screaming, yelling and howling.

I don't think I'm going to get any gardening-related gift cards out of them




Stupid weather!

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 14:27

Yes, indeed they are Homebase bedding plants! I have to say I've been very impressed with the things I've bought from there over the (two) years. I'm very good at killing things, but most of the HB plants I've acquired have survived my treatment very well! My very kind neighbour gave me an HB gift card for xmas, so of course I spent it on plants!

I did go ahead and plant every one of them last night, but held off watering them in... this morning they all looked absolutely fine except one (I think my clumsy fingers broke a few of its roots). After a quick water, feed and brief bask in the sunshine, it's perked right up again. 

Hopefully all should be well for the next few days. Temps in Suffolk aren't due to drop any further than they already have.

Can't say the same for my poor, old wall flowers. They've taken quite a hammering!



Stupid weather!

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 15:52

Oh goody! 

*rubs hands together with prospect of muddy glee*

Stupid weather!

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 15:46

Oh, alright then. Coldest in my lifetime

This is how they're looking whilst sat on my - ahem - luxurious lawn.


Stupid weather!

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 15:22

Where does a seedling end and a plant begin?! Both types have a few leaves on them 1-2in long. Both can be planted from March, but what with this March having been the coldest ever, I'm not sure about it.

The leaflet that came with them says they can survive down to 0 degrees, but I was wondering how far I could push this, and if anyone else has dared. 

I also have a dahlia that I've been overwintering. The tubers look good, but the old growth (the cut-down bit that used to be above soil) is starting to go mouldy. Not sure how much longer I should keep that out of the soil for, either.

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