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Oh eck

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 14:46

Not quite as fierce as a great white, but my springer charged up to a sunbathing seal on Constantine beach (the north coast of Cornwall one, not the other one) and got a bit of a shock when he discovered that it definately wasnt a friendly black lab!

One thing that does get my goat in the summer is visitors not checking tide times and getting cut off by incoming tides.  Hubby and I had to help ferry a family with four youngsters plus all their paraphinalia (buggies, blankets, toys, nappy bags etc) over the rocks between Georges Well and Tregirls in Padstow as they hadnt realised the tide was coming in!

Baby corn confusion

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 15:56

Have grown both Mini pop and regular sized sweetcorn, both successful.  You will certainly need more than fou plants though and you will need to plant in a block rather than a row, like regular sweetcorn.

Good luck - its well worth it!

I'm curious

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:13

I think that Singing Gardener is right - not a sunlight factor as such, but where the light direction is coming from (ie- a pot against a wall wouldnt have light coming from 360 degrees)

Ask Alan

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:10

Question for Alan - My garden isnt large enough to have borders or bed dedicated to the seasons (spring, autumnal etc).  I currently have a good 'backbone' of shrubs which give interesting foliage in winter and perennials which make the garden look fantastic from end of May until Sept-Oct.  How do I create interest from Feb to May and Sept onwards?

plug plants

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:04

I potted my recently delivered bare root hardy geraniums a week or so ago and popped them onto my conservatory windowsill.  They are sent up shoots and are  about 3-4 inches high already!  As its predicted to be mild and dry over the next few days I will put them out in a sheltered spot until I find a space to put them

ordering online

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 08:23

Thanks Mark499, just read another thread which says the same thing.  Seems they have been taken over since I used them a few years ago.  A shame


the vernon geranium company

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:40

hi All, there also seems to be another Vernon's thread posted that I replied to saying that I hadn't previously had problems, but did state that this was a couple of years ago.

ordering online

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:32

hi Dannyboy - I ordered from this company a few years ago (their collection of 10 scented leaf geraniums).  I found their service very good, plants arrived in good condition.  The same geraniums are now in large pots on the patio (covered over winter) and flower well into autumn.  Have also provided numerous cuttings to family members. Would recommend.  I also got their catalogue this week and will be reading over the weekend to see what I want to order.

I am not connected with this company in any way.

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:29

I too have a male and two female blackbirds who often sit on the fence and 'shout' at me if I am late putting their food out.

Had a juvinile male around for a couple of year who had a white patch on his chest and a very short tail - we called him 'Dot'.

After 'trimming' a very overgrown dog last weekend I will be putting the hair clippings in one of my trees, near the feeders so the birds have lovely soft linings for their nests!

Tiny garden plot

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 15:50

Dont forget to make your own bug houses - these can be wall/fence mounted approx 60cm high - so won't take up any valuable ground space!

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