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Get well soon Nigel!

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 10:11

Oh no! I hadn't watched it yet so sad to hear  get well soon Nigel!!!

Dont laugh but Do climbers climbers climb down again?

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 10:06

Hi Tingly. 

My garden is a similar size and I have the garden closest to the house most " manicured" (a laughable description if you could see it!) and the further away more wild. It works well. I dont have time to garden the whole thing either.

I had just exactly what you described - just loads of perennial geraniums at the two wildest ends - and they looked beautiful and yes just needed a trim once a year. Worked perfectly. (Until my husband pulled them all up at one end thinking they were weeds!) 


Ivy invasion

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 17:27

Thanks everyone. Welshonion It's too high to reach with just secaturs even with a ladder which is why I was thinking of using a long hedge trimmer plus ladder to reach? Will this not be strong enough do you think? With secaturs we can only reach the bottom of it even at the very top of the ladder. 

Bit worried about the ivy dust - do you know if it can be harmful when pregnant? I've tried google but nothing!

Red slimey worms

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:45

I get those in the rim too.only noticed it this year and just got my best batch of compost ever. 

I'm sure I saw a TV show which said those are the ones you REALLY need in the compost to keep it healthy. Dunno why they congregate in the rim though..... Maybe like welsh onion said it's when the bin is too hot because I only notice that in the summer. I bet they get right back in there and chow down once it's nighttime! 

House Spiders

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:41

I love seeing all the spiders in autumn. Haven't seen any of the monster house spiders yet because I've been away. We have lots of false widows and i think they eat the house spiders....

They also eat the wasps though so I'm happy!  Wasps, although I wouldn't kill one, are the one insect I cannot love. 

Ivy invasion

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:34

I have a garage which has ivy growing all over the roof. Pic below. This is only my second year in the house and it has grown by a third in volume so I definitely need to do something to control it. Partly because I must prevent it from starting to cover the neighbours garage roof (it's a joint driveway/double garage) and partly because I can't just let it grow exponentially and it's already starting to envelope a palm tree growing nearby. 

I dont want want to remove it particularly (unless someone more experienced feels it would be wise) because when it flowers it's a haven for bees and other insects. 

It's too large and high to trim manually with secaturs or my tree lopper (there's also a huge pampas next to it which limits access from the ground) but, having experimented, I think that with a ladder me and OH could give it an all over trim once or twice a year with a long bladed hedge trimmer. We have access at the front and back (from the front and back gardens respectively) but not so much the side due to aforementioned monster pampas. 

My questions are: 

1. Any recommendations for good quality long bladed hedge trimmers? As always money is tight but obviously willing to pay for quality and longevity. 

2. Any alternative solutions?

3. Is this something I might be better off paying someone to do and has anyone done so? Is it hugely expensive?

any advice would be most gratefully received! 




 P.s I only recently learned that pampas grass is not "pampers grass" and always thought it was spelt like the nappy brand!!!

weird caterpillar like thingy ID please

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:59

That "a" sneaked in! "Pale Tussock Moth" is what I meant. 

weird caterpillar like thingy ID please

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:58

Hello there! I think this is a Pale a Tussock Moth caterpillar. Usually they are yellow but there is a pink morph which you seem to have photographed! 

Crazy Ivy

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:13

Hello all.

My garage has ivy growing on top of it. I generally like it and it's lovely to see the bees and then the birds (especially blackbird) benefiting from it when not much else is flowering/fruiting.

However it is now out of control and I need to cut it back a bit. When is the best time to do this? If I do it now will it grow back nicely? Is it too late? I have a feeling that birds nest in it...


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:40
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