Sara 4

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No silt or a little silt?

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 22:03

Panoply, I watch with interest!  I am only just finishing our pond, and as it is to be a wildlife pond I'm wondering whether I should put silt in!  There seems to be a lot of effort put in to keep nutrients/earth out at all costs according to various websites, but what are my potential plants supposed to grow in and how are animals supposed to colonnise if it's practically sterile? 

So exciting!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 00:09

I do hope so - it's hardly autumn, and I'm longing for spring already ... absolutely itching to plant the pond up properly.  Any ideas on particularly dragonfly friendly plants?

So exciting!

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 21:53

We have finally filled the pond up, and as I was fiddling about in the rain trying to organise the edging, we had our first obvious visitor ... and it was a Dragonfly! 

Obviously I didn't have a camera, but he swooped about for a few minutes before going off again.  I so hope this is a taste of things to come ....

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 23:51

Pulmonaria's lovely, Dahlia, and even when the flowers are over, the leaves are very pretty.  I think Monty made an awful lot of fuss about transplanting it on tonight's programme - I just dug a clump up and bunged it somewhere else and it grew really well, although I wasn't selecting for 'perfect colour'.  Brunneras are lovely for shade too.  I'm just growing a climbing hydrangea up a shady conifer - early days yet, but it seems to be holding its own; and ferns are lovely - there is an amazing variety


Serious! Really

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 23:20

Does anyone apart from me remember the Ping Wings?  They were penguins that lived in a water butt when I was really little, so about '63 or '64, I guess - we lived in Brighton at the time and I think programmes were regional at the time.

Serious! Really

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 00:04

Verdun, you are displaying too much 'yoof' - don't you remember Diana Rigg?  Or are you the generation that goes all peculiar if anyone mentions Daisy Duke and her performing shorts?

Serious! Really

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 23:28

Archiepem, I remember How - I loved it, and Vision On, and Out of Town.  Fairy, I also remember the horrible singing ringing tree, and EVEN WORSE was a ghastly programme called Sarah and Hoppity about a horrible doll with one leg shorter than the other, and even worse than that, something absolutely terrifying called Twizzle.  I don't think child psychologists had been invented when I was young - my very first foray to Saturday morning cinema club was my last due to the painful experience of being shown 'Old Yeller'.  Dog lovers who have heard of it will understand ....

Why is anyone allowed to completely destroy your view??

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 00:11

And are these specific trees in possession of their very own TPO, or does the whole area happen to be a conservation area with blanket tpos ?

Green privet versus rubbish dump

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 00:03

Incidentally, read the thread called 'Help, neighbour cutting our hedge" there is a lot of good advice on there but it also makes some of us (me) feel relatively lucky ...

Green privet versus rubbish dump

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 23:59

If they are putting their rubbish onto your property, they are in the wrong legally as well as morally - but I assume you don't want to go down the road of civil action and general unpleasantness, at least not straight away!  I would probably put some large pots of plants in front of any gaps - enough to screen you from the rubbish and to give them the privacy they are looking for; speak to and/or write to them pointing out that you have done this and that as their privacy is now restored, requesting that they remove their rubbish from your property.  I am a stroppy person, so if they didn't I would heave it back onto their territory and put up a barbed wire fence along the perimeter - but you might care whether you get on with your neighbours or not!

Discussions started by Sara 4

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

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Winter tree wash

trying to prevent woolly aphids 
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First day of filled pond, and ....! 
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Are your comments updating?

Is the site playing up? 
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Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Need some advice please ... 
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Ants on rose - why?

No aphids, but millions of ants 
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Weed I assume

Anyone know what it is? 
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My muse has deserted me ...

Looking for ideas 
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Will seeds grow? 
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I'm sure they aren't usually this big! 
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What is this?

Cos I don't know how big it might get ... 
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This rose doesn't seem quite right ...

What do you think? 
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Soil testing kit

Do the prong ones work? 
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