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Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:46

Just in from the garden and the resident Robin is still singing his heart out in the big Elder tree.

Always last for a quick wash in the Bird Bath and always last to sing

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:43

Hate to be a grouch but if the wall shown above was a serious idea at the Malvern Show, then perhaps the organisers need to have a serious re-think about things.  It looks absolutely dreadful.  Some of the individual pieces are probably quite attractive but as displayed ???

Mirror or not, I much prefer your wall Obelixx  

Clearing out bird boxes

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:28

I agree with Mrs. G and DfA............boiling water and left to dry naturally is all that is needed.  Birds are far more susceptible to chemicals than we are (and we would suffer in a chemical ridden room too ).

You can purchase "safe" disinfectants but these are really only for use in larger areas with a good air flow........definitely not nesting boxes.

Manuka honey

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 18:40

Honey is honey........been used for antiseptic purposes since God knows when.  Posh names mean absolutely nothing. As BitterKnitter says.....go for local stuff

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 18:35

Mirrors in the avoided.....confuses the birds. There were some "Garden Designers" who promoted the use of mirrors in the bad old days....that idea should have been put to bed years ago. Hopefully no one is advocating that use these days

Vine weevils

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 18:22

I have used Provado ( mainly for containerised Heucheras ) but the maximum usage for this chemical is given as 3 times per year. 

I'm not fond of chemicals but I do use when nothing else works.  Keeping to the manufacturer's recommendations seems to be the sensible way to use these products.

Using something 2 or 3 times a week when 2 or 3 times a year is recommended sounds like overkill to me........if nothing else, a waste of money.

Room 101

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 18:06

I'm not sure I is worth including spelling and grammar these days....I doubt there is room.

But those who spell the dreaded "poo" as pooh" should go down the chute asap

Room 101

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 17:49

SG Lilly...........whilst it is cold, wet and generally horrid, move all excess Chocs to top end of garden.  If you venture that far, you are entitled.......if you don't, you're not

I might patent that idea

Bringing a bland wall to life

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 17:42

Bit difficult to see whether you have a soil border against your breeze block wall.

If you don't have a border or it is so minimal, why not use wall troughs ?  Fixings should be easy and safe in the blocks and you can grow quite a lot with a south west aspect. 

Fruit, such as strawberries or herbs or annuals.  If you are prepared to re plant your troughs ever 2 or 3 years, you can plant a semi permanent arrangement with perennials too. 

Decent troughs and supports and the wall is your oyster so to speak


Room 101

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 17:24

Strikes me Room 101 should actually read Room 1,000,001

Even then it may not be big enough for all our grouches.

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

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