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My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 09:44

 It is a very special experience isn't it OL?

This is the first property we've had where we get fairly regular visits from green woodpeckers & less frequent ones from the lesser spotted & we never tire of seeing them. A neighbour has wooden shingles on her roof which the woodpeckers love hammering on (apparently it's her regular wake up call).

We are fortunate to have a lot of visiting wildlife - some welcome - some less so. We hear owls every night but I have yet to see one - that would definitely make my week. Have thought about putting up an owl box - has anybody else done that with any success?

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:29

Congratulations BL - I have always thought you had a fantastic garden & now it sounds as though you are one of the best ambassadors they could wish to have for this new event - hope it goes from strength to strength. 


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 23:38
If it was you Lily - BIG thanks


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:29
Seeing the red squirrel was the highlight . Have loads of pesky greys at home digging holes in the lawn and 'planting' unwanted hazel & walnut trees everywhere but reds are just cute and gorgeous. I would love to have those in my garden


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 20:31
Evening! - Sounds like everyone's been very busy (especially Wonky - that Dove sounds a real task master!).
Have had a perfect day today and just wanted to say a huge thanks to whoever mentioned Larch Cottage Nurseries in Melkinthorpe on the forum some months ago - we are on our jollies so we made a special journey there today.
Fantastic nursery - excellent plants and gardens and lovely gift shop. Bought plants, bought presents, had excellent lunch in the restaurant then went for a drive through the very quietest NE corner of Cumbria. Lots of lambs, fabulous scenery, quiet roads and saw a red squirrel - first one in years.
Back to our caravan watching Chelsea Challenge with a G&T - (home grown) rhubarb crumble & cream to follow.
Doesn't get much better!

Getting close to..CHELSEA

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 15:08

Have never been tempted by Chelsea - it's often cold and wet and everybody moans about the crowds and not being able to see things. If I'm paying that much money I like to be able to take my time, examine the best gardens in detail, take photos etc. I am also short so trying to see things in big crowds doesn't really work. 

Hampton Court is lovely (if a little tiring - it's a BIG site) and the show gardens are very good. Less keen on GW although it is less formal and a bit more fun.

Prune a Buddleja

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 19:04

I assume we are talking about the Buddleia Davidii's here. They have lightly scented conical flowers - highly attractive to butterflies. I believe other buddleias (such as the ones with globe flowers) may require a slightly different pruning regime - but I don't know for sure.

I have the 'normal' Davidiis and, if it helps you be brave Dave, I can tell you I cut mine hard back to about 18" each year. They are usually back to between 2 & 3m high by mid-summer and covered in flowers.

I usually cut mine in late winter / early spring but we have had a cold spring and they are only just starting to grow again. If you cut yours NOW they will soon catch up.

So upset

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 08:58
Losing a beloved pet is as hard, sometimes harder, as losing any other member of your family. They sometimes misbehave but, generally speaking, they offer unconditional love, companionship and a furry shoulder to cry into when the times get tough.
You know you looked after him well Grandma & he had a happy life with you. It won't harm your GC if they see how upset you are and you can say goodbye together as a family.
Looking after (& losing) pets is the perfect way to teach children about the ups, downs & responsibilties of life.
Best wishes at this painful time x

First Petrol Mower

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 21:17
I've read that too Hostafan - but have no experience of them myself.

First Petrol Mower

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:08

Personally I think it is worth investing a bit of money in a decent lawn mower. Mine is in use at least once a week from March to October cutting a fair sized garden.

A self propelling model will make the job easier. A larger grass collection bag will make it quicker (less time emptying). Cylinder mowers are only really suitable for flat lawns - rotary mowers are more forgiving of uneven ground. A rear roller will give you nice stripes and also make manoeuvring around tight corners and next to bed edges a bit easier (wheels tend to slip off the grass). The wider the cut the fewer times you need to walk up and down (the machines do get heavier and less easy to manoeuvre though so you need to strike the right balance for you).

I have just replaced my 19 year old Honda with ..... another Honda. Excellent machines but expensive if you go for all the bits I suggested. You might find a decent 2nd hand / refurbished one somewhere but people tend to hang onto them for years.

This is a bit of equipment you will be using week in week out for years - I really suggest you get the best you can possibly afford 

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