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Latest posts by SweetPea93

Slugs in kitchen

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:13

I've been noticing the same, I think I'll be putting salt down by the back door, I dread to think what my cats have been doing to any that dare come into the house, the main reason I've not put anything down!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:08

You guys never fail to impress me, getting the right plant via a scrubby, blurry old street map image... Wow!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:07

Forester! Yes! You've saved me from taking a photo of it! It looks just like this, but smaller


It's absolutely gorgeous!


Off to research into it now!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 16:02,-2.221655,3a,75y,283.09h,86.7t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sMt-kS1HagCZMGpc95D0J1Q!2e0

This is the street map view, and it's the house with the black frames to the right. The tree in question is not the one climbing up the wall, but just in front - not the very front... I don't think that's clear enough for an ID though!

I'm really not brave enough to talk to them! Maybe i'll be lucky enough to catch them in the garden sometime soon, then I could ask a bit more confidently.

Complete beginner - confused

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 09:41
Hey OP you sound like you're in a similar situation to me. I have a small container garden on the go too. Do you have any room for a small plastic greenhouse or grow box they're very inexpensive and save you from having plants on your windowsills and it's somewhere to keep your watering can, trowels, spare pots etc if you're anything like me, and limited on indoor space as well as outdoor! I really do recommend growing some things from seed, you learn such a lot as well as get so much satisfaction seeing them pop up for the first time. Having prebought plants help make your garden look appealing quick, but there's nothing more pretty to you than the first time you pot up your own humble tiny seedlings and start to see them thrive in their own little pot

If there are cats in your area, and you don't want to hurt them, then avoid Lillies and any plants at all related to the garlic/onion family. They're very poisonous and can be lethal to them. There are humane and safe ways of keeping them off your property. Some are relatively inexpensive, and just involve things like orange peel, or you can save yourself the hassle and buy some product that does the same job. I got mine from pets at home as I wanted it to be safe as I have cats myself - though indoors only.

Do you have space for a window box and or some hanging baskets? They can be a great space saver. We've a small window box dedicated to herbs.

I've learned a lot since joining here and I look forward to seeing what you grow!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:44
It's definitely a tree, has a trunk! Sort of like a small oriental blossom type size but with deep purple blooms! Will google maps now and see if I can screen grab

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:39

ooooh I'm not sure I'm brave enough to ask, mostly because I basically oggle their garden every single day, I think they must think I'm mad!... Oddly enough I never seen them working on it though... I might try and sneak a wee photo tomorrow on the way down though...

Hanging basket theft

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:24

Yep, my Dad does stunning ones, and he's had his stolen before... you just have to think what kind of petty person takes something like that... At the end of the day they are only plants and there's no real monetary value to them, just skill, hardwork and love

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:20

I was walking home from work, and there aren't very many gardens where I live, but there is this one cottage who have a lovely front garden, absolutely crammed with life, but they have this tree I've never seen before, unluckily for you I couldn't get a photo without being spied by them in their living room watching telly...


So here's a description to the best of my knowledge...

Not a big tall tree, but established and bushy. Dark bark, with the most stunning purple foliage... not like cherry blossom, almost like heather? It's a very dark purple and very little green, dark leaves...

I'm sure that's of absolutely no help to anyone, but it's such a stunning little tree, I'd love to know for future reference!

Minimilist small gardeb

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 17:57

From what you have described this is the sort of thing I am imagining in my mind

 How about plants like these?


More knowledgeable people will be able to tell you what they are, the colours are subtle, they are low maintenance, and offer a bit more variety than some small 70's container conifers



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flowering plant ID, but no flowers, just a bulb!

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