philippa smith2

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Posted: 08/07/2016 at 17:10

I've no experience of artificial grass or dog urine but I'm wondering whether something mixed in with the water..............soaking a specific spot with water as Fidgetbones suggests.....but with a drop of essential oil added ?

Might be a complete waste of time / money but worth a try ......particularly if you are likely to be wanting to sit anywhere near it on a lovely summer evening ( should we get one of course ! )

New member - my garden

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 17:01

Rather too much hard landscaping for my personal taste Sonny4 but it would be dreadfully boring if we were all the same  You have the benefit of lots of mature planting which sets the whole garden off wonderfully well.

You have obviously worked incredibly hard to bring your garden to this stage - it looks extremely elegant and should give you a great deal of pleasure.

Well done you - particularly if you have only been "gardening" for a year or two. Don't know about you asking for tips/advice........ looks like we could learn a thing or two from you

I'll second Hazel in saying Carry on enjoying your garden

Forum design update

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 17:03

So long as it's only your name and not actually you.....there's obviously a limit to what technology can achieve........or so I'm led to believe

Forum design update

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 16:17

And I've no idea why Pansyface wasn't in bold either

Forum design update

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 16:16

I don't know trouble need Dove's "spanky" thing I think

Plants for a small pond

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 18:56

Cyperus makes a good stiff the SW it will usually stay evergreen so can offer a bit of shelter when the others have died down.  Dragonfly chrysalis will sometimes crawl up that as opposed to Iris, etc.

Pickerel weed is another good marginal plant....with the benefit of lovely blue flowers from July onwards.

Marsh Marigold is another good one.

All the above are happy enough in mud or up to 9" depth water.

As Fairy says, Equisetum are also good....attractive too.  I think they seem happier on the south side tho........mine on the NE side of the pond is really struggling.

I have divisions of the first 3 going begging  this Autumn if anyone wants and is near enough to me ( Somerset ).  Too big and soggy for the post I think 


Posted: 04/07/2016 at 17:30

The vast majority of plants, bulbs and seeds on general sale would raise the same question I suspect.

Unless you purchase from a truly organic source, you are liable to be buying something which has been treated with "something".

Not only bulbs which come from Holland.....a good percentage of plants on sale in the UK originate from there too.

It's not so different from the food argument really......animals stuffed with Steroids, Antibiotics along with lower welfare standards.....edible crops sprayed with god knows what.....etc.  GM name it, we are consuming it .....mostly unintentionally.

Be an awkward customer and ask........if nothing else, you may make a supplier " 'fess up " as to what he/she is actually selling.  If they cannot tell you to your satisfaction, look elsewhere

Log pile

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 17:06

I suspect I misread.  I'd thought the OP was enquiring as to when the best time tackle a necessary task.  Can't even blame it on sunstroke.....unfortunately 

There'll be lots of busy things beavering away in there so if it doesn't HAVE to be done, I'd agree with the above comments and leave well alone.

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 15:10

Eco kid..........

That's the Aquilegia I was referring to.....just collected the seeds yesterday.

If you PM me your address, I'll pop some in the post for you

The birds are eating all my bird food!

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 17:38

The Indian Ringneck Parakeets are the result of our usual naff behaviour......letting "exotics" escape into the countryside.

They are simply taking advantage of a suitable environment.  Foxes are buying posh apartments in Bristol, Muntjac roaming where they shouldn't etc, etc.  There are plenty of examples even in recent times when we should know better.  

Deliberate or accidental.......we are quite good at stuffing our environment one way or another.

Sorry......little rant over...........feeling grumpy 

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