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Pottie Pam

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May In Your Garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 16:40

Sad news, Inkadog, but at least your friend knows what happened to her son, even more tragic,if possible,  if he was never found.

The sunshine has been lovely but even that has it's downside. There was no calling for food from the wren's nest in an outhouse and I thought they'd left the nest but they were all dead. then later this afternoon I saw a bluetit pulling a dead baby from the nestbox. Again no frantic calling from the nest and the parents have stopped visiting. The nestbox faced east but I can only put the failures of the two nests down to the heat. 

May In Your Garden

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 15:59

Sorry you missed the eclipse, Inkadog. Hope your plants escape the attentions of the deer. The b****y rabbits have nibbled the first cosmos I planted out. I have plenty more so I'll try putting some hair combed from my dog round them. It works until the birds pinch it for their nests.

Talkback: Ants

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 09:47

Like dodd's idea but ants with hangovers

Talkback: Ants

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 09:45

Sybille suggested bicarbonate of soda. My daughter heard that if you mix it with icing sugar the ants take that back to the nest and it kills them. I tried it in the conservatory and it seems to have worked, just the occasional ant now.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 09:38

FloBear- Apart for the grubs doing damage the worst thing is when they blunder into your face in the middle of the night but they do look spectacular.

David- We were lucky to see a total eclipse in Cornwall in 1999. It was overcast but just at the last minute there was a break in the cloud. Unforgetable time. We had a big bonfire as the Chinese beleive it is a dragon eating the sun so light fires to scare it away. We weren't taking any chances that the sun would be eaten.

Did you see the eclipse, Inkadog?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 09:22

My friend's dad was a champion leek grower in the North East. (I was born in Newcastle too, but live in Cornwall now) He had a secret formula for growing his prize leeks and always went up to the moors for sheep poo.

I remember seeing a programme on comfrey and they fixed an old drainpipe against a wall and stuffed it full of comfrey and collected the drips of the comfrey at the bottom of the drainpipe when it rotted down. The liquid did have to be diluted. I do put nettles in a dustbin full of water to water plants with.

Inkadog- hope you are feeling better.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 15:04


Kate at least if they are pumping out the drains you won't get flooded, the noise must be annoying though.'

The weather is a lot warmer here in Cornwall and I've put the geraniums and hanging baskets out on the patio, ready to take them back in if the weather gets cold again.

My 'Bishop's Children' dahlias have appeared again. I've left them out and they have survived 3 winters outside. I cover them with a good layer of rotted horse poo. I grew them from seed and they are real stars. Lovely dark foliage and bright single flowers. I collected some seed last year so it will be interesting to see what colours they are. A lot of the leaves are greener than the parent plants so might be different.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 18:49

Good news about the mower, Hypercharleyfarley.

We seem to get an outbreak of myxi every two or three years.  I think you are right about the disease being carried by fleas but it was introduced by man. The rabbits here don't seem any smaller but they can be seen any time of day or night. Even the dog is getting bored with chasing them.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 17:21

I'm worried about one of my apple trees. I have 5 altogether. Three about 15 years old and two planted last year. One of the older ones, Lane's Prince Albert, has always had a good crop but this year it is covered in blossom that looks as though it is dying and the leaves are not developing either. The blossom didn't even open so it's not pollination problems and there's no sign of damage to the bark. The other 4 trees look fine. We haven't a hosepipe ban here so I'm giving it a good soak to see if that helps. 

May In Your Garden

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:58

Hi Inkadog, it's good to get the boring jobs out of the way. I bet you feel good about that now. Enjoy your weather. It's not too bad today but the forcasters say we are going to have four weeks colder than normal weather for the time of year.

hypercharleyfarley- I know how you feel about the rabbits. They were almost wiped out at the end of last year with myxomatosis here (horrible to see) but they seem to have come back in even greater numbers. Hope you get your mowere sorted.

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