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Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:59

Jim. Agree with a few things.  Auntie E sounds lovely doesn't she?  Too young to be my auntie as I'm a decade younger.    Still an oldie tho!  There you are girls you got my age.  But I'm like Peter pan I'm told so I'm very young indeed.

Those Spanish bluebells, yes they are a awful and the wild primroses as cultivated plants now .....are far superior to those pretty polyanthus .  I do though have a pond, albeit a small one. 

However, I do like my plantsman's garden.....simply a garden with collected plants....even those that are sterile (maybe because they are sterile and dont seed everywhere and flower forever) 

 I need to find a bit more of a compromise though.  Don't want nettles or a "left to be wild " bit.  I get lots of bees, butterflies etc on my agastaches and the like.  I don't really spray too much, use slug pellets very sparingly and, in the growing season not at all, and don't use artificial fertilisers. 

So, I'm getting there.  Ahead of most but behind some! 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:42

Lily, euonymous, acers ....if not too exposed.  Some of the green varieties colour up magnificently in autumn.  What about the Chinese sorbus.....can't recall the name at mo...?  Brilliant autumn colours and tough. not too hot on trees though.

I know what you mean about the sumach tree.  My neighbour's glows like an orange fireball, as does his other suckered shrub and......

Just returned with my dog from his walk on the's eerily magical out there. Ran up the steep bank....prob 400 top to see the sea, lighthouse and st Ives bay coast. my young sister's ashes are there so even in the dark its a solacing place fo be.   Puffed now.  Well, puffed when I got to,the top anyway 

It's been dry, some sunshine, windy and warm.  Got a collapsible bin full of cut down plant material and one border  is now almost fully planted, tidied and considered.  Managed to get another hellebore own .pink seedling that is delightful and too.  Should flower well in early spring.

Quite concerned about the winds forecast on Sunday night .  Cornwall is supposed to get the full force of it around midnight.  Just sense something a bit different coming!  


What to do with a Datura

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:31

Same plant, yes.  It grew huge for me in the garden and overwintered outside too.  It is toxic and big so I got rid of it.   White fly was a big issue too as well as other bugs.    Overwinter as KEF said But beware is poisonous.  Young children?  


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:26

I warned a neighbour about stag horn sumach few years ago.  "oh, it will book.  I like it" he said.  It's now spread to another equally large shrub several metres away.  He still "loves it".  When a third shrub appears he may change his mind.  Just don't plant this unruly but beautiful thug


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:20


What is the soil/whatever like below that half spade depth?  Is it hardcore, cement,stone?  Can it be broken up at all? If so, I would look to compost or manure to trench in rather than top soil

Whatever ??ou do it will be physical.  Dont give yourself a deadline.  Do,it at your own will get done. sounds like an exciting project though

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:01

I thimk the imagination of the photographer prob determines how good the picture is.  For me, framing is important ..viz.  to get everything you want in the picture. Im sure attending a short course will give me greater insight.  

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 17:53

We naturally consider everyone no longer with us I think.  Most of us have a natural empathy that is ESP focused at  this time.  


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 17:48

Evening everyone.

 Nice GH mrs garden.,,bet you are chuffed with it.,, looks excellent 

I enjoy the RHS mag too...gardeners world mag isn't great now.

Hi punkdoc.,,get well soon.  

I tend to know ...roughly...where plants are to go except when I buy spontaneously.  Then it's a problem...know I want it but where do I plant it?

I'm always planning my garden or sometimes someone else's Matty and nut.  Yes it's great escapism.  Bit fussy though I think...trying always for the perfect planting mix.  Some times  it works sometimes not. And I like to try for a bit of a "risk" now and then.

Talking about seed packets having less seed I was reading about the computer ink "scams". Less ink and higher prices and an insistence by the printer manufacturers that we use their own ink.  I bought a Kodak printer last year...expensive printer but cheap ink.  Beginning to misbehave a bit so wanted a replacement under its warranty. Kodak now stopped making printers.  Suspect some there. Consumers always conned 

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:16

Nematodes effective for a few weeks only.  They supplement those already in the soil......increasing the numbers really.  They are expensive and, if applied twice a year in early spring and  late summer/early autumn, should reduce slug population over time.  I tend to "target" certain would cost a fortune to treat whole garden...with nematodes.  I use them as part of nighttime torch vigils.


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:06

KEF ......hope all goes well with your mum.  I guess you have to keep strong for her so hopefully we can help support you 

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