Latest posts by patty3


Posted: 15/10/2013 at 19:31

Many of us noticed the lack of ladybirds all summer.

Today i visited our local park and noticed a seat covered with green fly and ladybirds.

All mixed large, small, black, red , orange, two spot, ten spot  harliquin and the strange babys.

I was fasinated watching them  for some time all mingled together and hurrying around.

But i did not see one green fly be eaten, not one!!!

What was going on??

Robin watch

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:57


I too have had the pleasure of a young robin in the garden,

He was just getting his red breast,then he vanished, i hope to another garden.

it's funny because i had not seen any adults around since spring.

Monster weed

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 06:09

I like your mysterious plant .

not balsam or knotweed ?

so it could be a gift of a dropped seed from a bird poo

( eaten elswhere)    so continue to watch for a flower

It may be a new  plant we will all want , and make you a fortune!!!

tree identity

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 05:46

That poor tree, planted too close to fence!

 It has had to manage to grow overshadowed by tree

and that tree also took goodness from roots.

Now it is to have wooden planks around it, won't that rob it again of the moisture it needs to regrow?

Do it a favour and leave it a little bed around its trunk,

give it some space to breath.and grow.

Is this a Weed?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 22:01

It is a rough hairy plant to touch, and the root can be huge and hard to shift,

but the bees like it so i leave some to flower!

Problem weed!

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 21:49



If  you intend to gravel it '  just cut the mint down  to the  ground,

 lay weed supressing membrane over  the area and lay gravel.

the mint will die without light!!



Talkback: How to make a hanging bird feeder

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 21:45

Hi Dave,

I used to have the problem with fat ball feeders.

Then i hung them on a branch attached to a length of strong wire.

the squirrel could not reach from the trunk, or climb down the wire!

when i hung them on the trunk of tree the were eaten by snails too!!

Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 22:19

ADDICT and others,

Your words are so true,  people who dont garden  are missing soooo much.

I find winter so long and depressing simply because the pleasure and exercise

of the garden is gone!

we can gather leaves, or do some pruning,  but the cold and  wet of winter and old bones dont mix!!!

So we venture out to see to the birds water and food, then back in the warm.

 to wait for spring!


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 21:33

 I have comfrey growing in my garden

and that is suposed to speed up the composting process

when added to the mix!



Posted: 22/08/2013 at 21:22


 I have had to resort to JUNGLE SPRAY to keep away the biting bugs,

so no shorts for me! 

but t shirt- long sleeved and comfy trousers are the thing.

But the little beggars still get me!!!


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