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Posted: 23/05/2014 at 15:35

I have covered my strawberries from the birds now that they are ripening. However, woodlice are taking a liking to them, even ones that are just turning pink and not fully ripened.  Was very disappointed when I went to harvest my first picking earlier this week, only to have to cut the nibbled bits out.

I know that they are definately woodlice as there were still some of them in situ!

Any suggestions gratefully received.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:58

Lovely cats Victoria Sponge. 


Spuds didnt hatch but you can see that we moved some of the them elsewhere so she had a little space to sit in so she didnt knock the shoots off!

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:09

Hi Bal

I really hope that Freddy turns up.  Keep us posted if he does.  Abbie used to do the same.  We used to warn workmen in our road to check their vans before they went.  The number of them that used to drive off and then come back 5 mins later, drop Abbie off and go again.

As promised, pic of Abbie incubating our chitting potatoes!  Photo of her warming the drying garlic is still on the camera.


Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:59

Starting to look lovely. But definately needs a dig out and sort out this autumn.   I have a rose there too (David Austin - Princess Anne) which is just coming into flower.  Smells amazing and a fantastic colour.  Cut a bud that is just coming into flower and have it on my desk at work

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:47

Thanks Verdun - Will keep that in mind.  Mine is protected by being planted in the corner of a front garden plot protected on two sides by a wall approx 1m high.  The two walls protect it from the direction of the sea wind.  Its surrounded by japanese anenomes, a lovely hebe and a euphorbia

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:00

In the first year I had problems with the stalks being broken off by the wind but over the last couple of years it seems to have got more robust.  Neighbourhood cats like to use the mound at the base as a sun lounger as its protected by a low front wall.

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:14

I also have a Stipia in Cornwall! I always comb the dead foliage out but never cut down.  The stalks with the seedheads on have shot up in the last week or so. 

Under-gardener Award

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:09

Hubby gained major brownie points by boarding out my new potting shed in the heat at the weekend (complete with colourful language!).  All ready for me to paint in a very impractical soft pale blue colour.  Greenhouse staging on order.  Cant wait to 'move in' (not literally, or maybe....!).


Ideas for large pot please

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 14:30

Hi Hartleyhare

Do you want a shrub or permanent plant or would you consider changing the pot on a seasonal basis (avoiding said deceased pets!).  Perhaps something like clary sage which you can use as a herb, gets quite big and the bees love, fennel for the flowers etc?  Perhaps a nice lavender or rosemary? I live on the North Coast of Cornwall and have found that all of the above are fairly robust in strong, salty winds and sea fog!

Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 14:23

Have mine! they seem to have stopped in their tracks!

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