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Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 14:28

I lost my cat about 8 weeks ago and she was a real garden fan (only in fair weather mind you!).  She was 19 and sadly had cancer so had to be put down.  At her age I was convinced that she would go to sleep one summer under one of her favourite plants and pass away in the best way possible - in the sun.

Even though she was tiny, she was very fierce and chased out all other cats.  I have now noticed that the neighbourhood cats are starting to come into the garden again and use the borders as facilities.  I didnt mind my own cats doing it but not keen on being used as the local public loo! 

She was also very keen on sitting on our potatoes which were being chitted (like a hen with her eggs) and also took great pleasure in sunbathing on top of the garlic we had harvested and were drying out!



Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 08:07

Mine also suffered from Aphids when in my conservatory this winter.  And there must have also been a snail somewhere (although I looked for one, I couldnt find one) as there were a few nibbles!

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 08:00

You'll have more than you know what to do with soon!  I leave mine out most of the season and only bring inside in about November.  I have found that they dont mind being on the dry side.  Last night had a quick check on the ones I put outside and they have perked up considerably already.

When sowing some seeds in a tray outside at the weekend (I am waiting for a potting shed to be delivered) I spotted a wine veevil having a leisurely stroll up the fence.  Needless to say he didnt last very long!  Will need to get some nematodes to use when it gets a little warmer.

Worn looking railway sleepers

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 16:00

I agree with others.  Mine too are now faded and worn and look like they have been in situ for years (which they have) rather than 'stand out new'.

Yellow is the colour.......

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:58

Personally, Not keen on yellow in the garden in the summer as my garden is full of blues, purples, pinks and creams/whites.  However I do have some yellow in spring to brighten the place up in the form of a forsythia, couple of hellebores and soon to emerge aqueligias.  These are usually over by the time the pastel palette kicks in.

My mum has alot of yellow in her garden and it looks fab at this time of year along witht the emerging greens and varigated foliage.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:52

Hi Bilje - I have about 10 of these now (having started with only one).  Mine have also been kept inside and have suffered a little, like yours they have got too warm I think! I live in the South West so unlikely to get any severe frosts (fingers crossed) so gave them a good drink and put them out in a sheltered place this weekend.

Dont worry about branching, they will do that of their own accord.  If they branch and get too leggy in the future just take more cuttings.

To do so, cut one of the rosettes off, with a stalk of about 4-6 inches.  leave it out for a few days for the cut end to dry and 'heal over' then push into some gritty compost, water and leave, its as easy as that!

I'm scared!

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 14:55

Dont forget to put some defences in place against pesky slugs and snails (whichever method you prefer), they love newly emerging seedlings - tender and tasty.

Unhealthy rosemary

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:35

Interesting answers as I have the same problem with my rosemary - however mine has been flowering like mad since mid February!

I'm scared!

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:26

After your annuals have put on a show this year (and I am sure they will), think about adding some shrubs in the autumn or next spring ready to look amazing next year.  Depending on your soil and position, things such as lavenders, hebe's, grasses etc which will give structure in winter and perennials such as geraniums, oriental poppies and others that will look better year on year.

Don't forget, that even if your garden looks amazing for a couple of years, it will be changing all the time, thats nature.  Things will outgrow their original position, will self-seed, will need dividing.

Good luck!

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:03

Artjak - I promise photos when all up and running!


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