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Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: Yesterday at 11:44

Thanks Lyn. I do adore Blaze, like all cats he is such a joy to have around.

As you mention it's such a shame that people who have a love of gardens and other aspects of nature have an irrational hatred or dislike of cats and a disproportionate response to the problems they cause in the garden, as can be seen on the other 'Cat' thread.

As I mentioned in my original post I have problems with neighborhood cats. They crap and dig up young plants and seeds, I don't have many perennials and plant a lot of new seeds every year so there's lots of bare earth to tempt them. One or two neighbourhood dogs cause more problems than the cats because they dig the occasional big hole and trample down shoots and seedlings.

It would help, of course, if that small number of irresponsible pet owners kept their animals in at night and made sure their dogs weren't able to escape from their gardens.

It's annoying and frustrating but I just get on with it and never fail to have a wonderful garden every year.



Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 18:42

Thank you Tootle! He is a real treasure and I'm lucky to have him. He has got a lot of character as well and is very vocal.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 12:56

Love this thread, such gorgeous cats! This is my cat Blaze who I took in from the street just over a year ago. There are quite a few cats around, some of whom use the garden as a toilet and I was always chasing them away.

Blaze was one of them and one day I decided to give him some food as he'd been approaching me as I worked in the garden. Fatal mistake! He's now my ever present companion, especially in the garden and follows me everywhere.

He likes to sit and watch me gardening, surveying his territory and often running around the garden, ambushing me and chasing insects. He is quite young I think and very playful, and as time has passed he's also become very affectionate.

He loves snuggling up to my leg when I'm sitting on the sofa watching TV to have his nose and head stroked. This makes him ecstatic and he purrs very loudly.

On the sofa.


 Guarding the garden gate.


 Rolling around in the back garden


 Dog alert!


 Watching the bees on the purple tansy.


 Favourite scratching spot in the front garden.

 When he first started coming into the garden he would commandeer my kneeling pads for a bed.


un known succulent plants

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 12:18

I agree with Nutcutlet about the top pic' and I think the sedum is Sedum album, or white stonecrop, probably 'Coral Carpet'.

Can someone help ID these 2 small flowers.

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 12:17

Thanks Nutcutlet I think you might be right about that one. I've found one image of it that has identical leaves. Still checking to make sure.

Thanks DW, I can understand why you thought this might be a corncockle, but if I remember correctly from all the others I've had in the garden this year, they have a cylindrical flower bud rather than this deep-sided sceptre-like bud.

Also the distinctive stripes on the petals are missing (although there appear to be very faint ones), and to me this plant is more blue rather than the deep pinks and purple of the corncockle.

3 flowering plants for ID, please.

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 11:53

Thanks everyone. Marguerite was the one I couldn't remember, which I should have as I have plenty in my garden, although it's often hard to tell between them, the chrysanthemums, corn daisies, and marigold varieties.

Also after researching the suggestions of DW and Norfolkdumpling, and looking at enlargements of my friend's photo', I'm sure it's a Sanvitilia. I think it's Sanvitalia speciosa 'Million Suns'. Everything fits for this ID, whereas the Melampodium has quite different leaves, is a lot taller (24" - 36") and is a mounding rather than a spreading plant. Thanks again for everyone's help, my friend will be very pleased.

Can someone help ID these 2 small flowers.

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 13:11

Hi, I have a couple of small flowers that I'd like help in ID'ing. I took these pic's a few weeks ago. Both plants came from a box of mixed seed. The first I thought might be some kind of silene, but the leaves don't seem right. In fact, the leaves look like a euphorbia.

The second looks like baby blue eyes but the flower buds have a five-sided sceptre-like shape and below the flower petals is a star-like leaf arrangement with very distinct hairs on the leaves.


3 flowering plants for ID, please.

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 12:47

Hi, a friend in Dundee has asked me to ID some plants for her. The first is one that looks a lot like the crown daisies (Glebionis coronaria) I have in my garden, particularly the leaves. But the flowers don't appear to have the yellow tinges on the white petals near the centre of the flower that are typical of the white-petalled variety.

The second is a low-growing, spreading plant with small yellow flowers that also looks to be in the daisy family, and which I feel I should recognise.

The last is a double-headed purple flower that appears to be a bushy perennial.


Overwintering cacti seedlings

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:32

Yes, Roger, it's not desirable to keep them out of the light, as the article points out the germinated seedlings need light, but not direct sunlight. . Perhaps that's what the OP meant, that they hadn't been exposed to direct sunlight.

Overwintering cacti seedlings

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 10:29

Here's a link to an excellent guide to growing and caring for cacti grown from seed:

October to the beginning of March is the dormant period for cacti and it's usual not to water them during this period, unless they're in a hot environment e.g. centrally heated room when an occasional light watering might be appropriate.

Most of my cacti are in the living room and get no water in that period and are thriving.

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3 flowering plants for ID, please.

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Plants to keep or not?

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Back for some more small flower ID's, please.

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When to move philadelphus?

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Fungus on winter jasmine?

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Anyone able to ID this plant for me, please.

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A new small flowering plant ID, please.

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Stumped by another small flower!

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ID for small white flower.

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Small flower ID, please.

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