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GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 14:32

I too have a large garden and limited finances plus which I'm fed up of spending money on interesting plants that then turn out to be too nesh for the winters here so I now stick to good doers and sow and divide and swap plants.

OH retires next year and we plan to sell up and get somewhere with a smaller, more easily managed garden now rather than waiting till this one gets completely beyond us.  I'd also like shorter, drier winters so France is a possibility.  The property market there is certainly going through interesting times.   Belgium has similar inheritance laws - Napoleonic Code and all - so selling early is probably a good idea for us.

I'm quite enjoying the current format of GW but do wonder at some of the topics chosen and their relevance to the majority of gardeners.   Half an hour is too short to please everyone but I feel that that very short time should concentrate the producers' mind better than is currently apparent.  

I love hellebores and have loads of creamy, pinky, purpley, black and speckled ones and am waiting to see if I get some good babies but have left them to cross pollinate by themselves.

GW 2015

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 09:59

I really don't like Joe Swift as a rule but I do think he is good on basic design rules and tricks and in both gardens discussed so far he has explained about using curving paths/diagonals/screens:blocks;unifying materials and lighting to make the garden seem wider or larger or more private and to take advantage of sun traps for seating.

These ideas can be applied by anyone whether dealing with a small garden or part of a larger garden and can be done by anyone without calling in the landscapers and huge budgets.  It just requires a little more thought and time to do it ourselves on a restricted budget.

Gardening should be using your ingenuity, some lateral thinking and some open mindedness to embrace the possibilities and achieve satisfying results.   Let's leave the class envy and politics out of it.   They don't grow plants or sow seeds.

GW 2015

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 13:21

I know it's early days but is this new series so unremarkable that no-one has anything to say?

I found the first programme uninspiring but then I don't have huge apple trees to prune, or small ones either, and he seemed to spend a great deal of time on those and his pelargoniums which I don't bother to over winter as it's just too cold here.

The second programme was much better and I'm looking forward to seeing how that couple's garden gets on and which trees will go to improve the light and air.   I can't see me sowing broad beans directly for another month unless the soil warms up a great deal so I shall be doing mine in pots this weekend and planting them out later.

I liked the feature on hellebores.

How cruel is this?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 12:33

That looks very good Dove.

Did you get some cup cakes Verdun?  

I've just finished making two large banana and chocolate chip tea breads for a bachata class tomorrow and the scientists on Monday.  Testing Mary Berry's recipe but needed triple quantities for the size of my tins.  

There was a bit left over for cup cakes if you fancy one.  Otherwise OH gets to take them to the office on Monday...

cat deterent

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:53

The cat catches mice.  The dog catches the odd rat.  My problem is with meeces moving into the house for winter and scrabbling around under floorboards where the cat can't go and I can't put poison sachets.

cat deterent

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:39

I have always had cats and have always fed the birds and now have a thriving population of house sparrows and assorted tits living in the eaves and around the garden plus visiting chaffinches and loads of other small brown jobs as well as woodpeckers, turtle doves, jays, robins, blackbirds and so on depending on the season.

You just have to be clever about putting hanging bird feeders high enough for cats not to leap at them and put down ground food away from shelter for pouncing cats.   I also have bushes nearby where the birds can shelter when cats and sparrowhawks are on the prowl.  

My house is surrounded by arable fields and damp pastures and the cat and Wheaten terrier are invaluable for dealing with the unwanted rodent population - rats all year and meeces migrating into the house walls in winter.   The Labrador tries to help but is hopeless.   Very funny though.   

How to grow sugar cane ?

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:08

Move to a tropical climate?   It would need very special greenhouse conditions in the UK.

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 12:07

That could waste a lot of time sitting around waiting for them, not to mention all the bovver of getting a gun permit.    The poison I use does the job quickly and without further effort or time form me apart form bunging any corpses in teh bin.

Now I just need to find a way to stop all the meeces from migrating into our attic via the rather too porous brick walls this old farm is built from.   Any sensible suggestions gratefully received as they've been more than usually numerous and persistent this year.

Japanese Gardens

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 11:07

Have alook at this blog -

Describes a visit to Japanese gardens in 2011 and may be of help.

Early summer

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 11:04

Saw my first one yesterday whilst in the barn inspecting the pots we've sheltered there for the winter.   I trust it flew outside to gorge on the primulas, crocuses and snowdrops in flower now.  

Had our first houseflies of the year too which is not so welcome.

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