Sara 4

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Labels or forget

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 23:37

Tried and failed at labelling anything - the dogs love digging up markers as trophies, and I always imagine I'm going to remember (why I delude myself, I don't know - I perpetually dig up bulbs that I planted very recently).  I have photos of what was where last year, but the computer isn't in the garden ....and even if they do come up next year I still won't know what they are ...

what to cover a south facing wall with

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 22:52

Moominrhubarb (great name, by the way!) have a little look at a clematis called Polish Spirit - I have been ever so pleased with ours which has had far more flowers than leaves and is still going strong even now.  It blooms right from the bottom too.  I cut it down to next to nothing last year (actually it was an accident, but I found out later that it was a good thing to do) and it has grown more shoots from the very bottom.

Any damage?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 00:24

Nothing happening in Mid/East Devon except rain so far (not in our bit, anyway) which is Cullompton, EX15 .... it is certainly peeing down though and has been for a fair few hours already. 

Serious! Really

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 01:03

Tamarix and Kef, Thank God ... like the ping wings I thought Tingha and Tucker may never have existed, because nobody else ever seemed to have heard of them.  Did you both live in the South East at the time?  Your poor Auntie Jean, she must have been very patient.

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 00:56

Apologies, I've only just come back to the thread, so thank you both for your thoughts - I have googled alkanet Bob, and it does look very similar - I wish I hadn't pulled it up now, it's rather pretty, but it kept needling me while I was mulching my hibiscus (a phrase which could probably be open to interpretation, were this not a gardening forum!)

I have only found 2 and I shall take another photo of the one that's still in situ; I have in my head that it's a slightly different leaf configuration to the google images but without looking again I'm not sure. 

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 23:06

 Sorry, I didn't take a picture before I pulled it up, so that probably won't help you - the stem is covered in very sharp little hairs as are the leaves and it has a long tap root which you can see.  It isn't that unpleasant to look at, quite architectural and about 18 inches tall, but I brushed my hand against it and it was like a lot of little pin pricks - the sort that makes you wonder about contact poisons/allergies.  Any ideas?

Serious! Really

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 22:37

Kef, Hannah Gordon was my wife next door and it was John Alderton fresh from 'Please Sir'.

As some of you actually remember the Ping Wings and are all the same age as me (27), were any of you also a member of the Tingha and Tuckah club, with Auntie Jean (from Australia) - they sent you a mini boomerang when you joined?  It was on around the same time as Sharrie Lewis and Lamb Chop ....



Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 17:39

Thank you nutcutlet - I can peer in it from the sitting room when the weather's bad! Wildlife activity today included next door's springer spaniel (I knew it was only a matter of time) but her Dad told her off and she's a proper gundog so she probably won't do it again!

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 13:47

Thank you Fairygirl - I am pleased with it, and have only fallen in once so far; we already have had the visiting dragonfly and my husband and next door neighbour found a toad this morning, so I hope for toadlets in the spring.

Taking a break would be lovely, but I've been ignoring the back garden for a while, and there's been so much rain .... and as to the veg garden ....


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 00:31

The BBC Naturewatch keep advertising that they have instructions, and the RSPB do too - this link takes you to a hedgehog rescue site though and they have instructions for a wooden one (which looks as if it would take a bit of skill) and some instructions for the handicraft challenged .... I'm pretty sure it isn't too late yet, it still feels autumnal rather than wintry.  There are also lots of hedgehog homes for sale on ebay etc but they look fairly pricey for what is at the end of the day a glorified box!


Discussions started by Sara 4

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

What is it? 
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Winter tree wash

trying to prevent woolly aphids 
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So exciting!

First day of filled pond, and ....! 
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Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Will they survive inside in pots? (Oh, and fuchsia, too) 
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Has anyone overwintered it? 
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Are your comments updating?

Is the site playing up? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2013 at 21:17

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Need some advice please ... 
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Last Post: 22/03/2014 at 09:31

Ants on rose - why?

No aphids, but millions of ants 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 10:41

Weed I assume

Anyone know what it is? 
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Last Post: 01/09/2013 at 12:04

My muse has deserted me ...

Looking for ideas 
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Will seeds grow? 
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Last Post: 16/08/2013 at 11:56


I'm sure they aren't usually this big! 
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Last Post: 08/08/2013 at 21:24

What is this?

Cos I don't know how big it might get ... 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 22:10

This rose doesn't seem quite right ...

What do you think? 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 12:15

Soil testing kit

Do the prong ones work? 
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