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Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:09

Good to see this thread again.  As my Abbie (see photo above) passed away in February I have really missed her in the garden this summer - she was a real sunbather and would always sit on the bench in the sun with me when I had my morning cuppa at the weekends.  Have half-heartedly kept an eye out for a new kitten but not properly looked.  Maybe after christmas? Our springer spaniel, Murphy, still misses her like crazy (as do we).  He used to wash her from ears to tail and they used to lie side by side in the sun in the garden.

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Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:13

Very impressed! I have a few but not that many!  I also have a couple of carnivorious pitcher plants but had to cut the blooms off as they smelled revolting (an unpleasant combination of warm raw meat and cat pee!).

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:09

I kept mine in a heated conservatory last year and they looked really worse for wear by the end of the winter - losing the majority of their leaves (no mealy bug though)  I only give them a little water every week or so.  They did perk up when I put them outside again in spring and looked amazing this summer - I also managed to take 6-8 cuttings from one that had got far too tall and lanky.

This year I have put them in my unheated potting shed so they are not wet and cold, but not too warm, and will only water every month or so,when I think they need it.

New Year gardening resolutions

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:03

Grow more flowering annuals/biennials from seed so I get a longer season of colour in the garden.  I have already removed some shrubs past their best all ready for them to be slotted in.  Now that I have my potting shed it will be easy to get them started earlier.

Also taken quite a few geranium and penstemon cuttings this year ready to plant out next year.

My garden looks like it's been burgled!

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 15:58

No hard frosts here in Cornwall yet.  However, I did have to cut the dahlia back at the weekend as it had collapsed.  I too only see my garden at weekends in daylight.

Other weekend jobs were to put the tender plants in the potting shed, cover the wooden bench and put other slightly less hardy pots against the house.

Feeding birds.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 15:52

I have bought cheap ones before in a sealed tub.  When I opened them they were very crumbly but I put them out (without nets).  Birds refused to eat them!

I now give them either suet pellets which they love (but aren't cheap) or the 'basics brand' of raisins from my local supermarket.  I also mix with the wild bird seed to keep the smaller species happy.

Deapth of Rose's...?????

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:18

I planted mine below!

Do you know where your pets are tonight?

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 16:20

My springer, who is a field trial dog, was hyped up and ready to go to work!  Fine with the bangs, not too sure about the whizzes and crackles though.  Had his nose pressed up against the conservatory door watching.

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Posted: 29/10/2014 at 13:14

Its also good to see small gardens represented - not 'small' as in half an acre!  Normal sized gardens.

Monty don new series

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:50

I wasnt so sure about the Norwegian garden either.  I am sure it would look better once everything settles down and the planting grows but looking at it as a whole it did look a bit too 'builders rubble heap'.  I am sure it looked better if you were on the ground and actually in the garden.  The owners loved it which was the main thing.  I did love the slate seat built into the wall, great idea.

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