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25 Aug 2017 12:55
This is lovely to know Obelixx. Really great advice, thank you so much. At the moment I have the study I can put her in, it's the converted garage. It's nice and warm. Is it okay to put her litter tray in the same room as her food station but at the other side? It's a big room. Eventually I really haven't figured out where to put her litter tray. I don't want to have it in the same room as where her food is, I don't think she'll like that. She has a basic open tray. Is it easy to train them to use a hooded tray or to go outside? At the moment she goes to use a litter tray in the bathroom upstairs...it would be good if she can have a simmilar system at my place but other people in the house might not agree to putting the litter tray in the bathroom upstairs...I don't have a cat flap.
25 Aug 2017 11:09
Thanks Obelix for the help. At the moment she won't let me pick her up so I don't know how I'll groom her. I will maybe have to see about it later. I know I really need to as she is semi-long haired. Someone has mishandled her and she just runs away if I try to pick up up so I have stopped trying. She was okay about 6 months ago, I am worried the rehoming will upset her further rather than build her confidence.
So this carex grass and other weeds okay for her? He has lillies in his garden but so far she has not gone near them and they have finished flowering. When she comes to mine I have lillies aswell. I will try to put them at the back of the border or get rid of them completely. She seems to be quite clever and very selective about what she touches/chews.
25 Aug 2017 10:56
We have loads of hard ant mounds all over the front lawn. My dad's at a loss about what to do. He gets really annoyed when mowing the lawn. I read somewhere you can pour vinegar on them but I'm not sure if it harms them. Apparently it doesn't harm the lawn. Never tried it.
25 Aug 2017 10:51
Sorry I wasn't sure where to post this. I cat sit for a friend's indoor cat. I am going to adopt her soon as he can't take care of her properly. I am a bit worried about the re-homing process. She's nervous, had some bad people experiences, and won't let me pick her up :-(
In the meanwhile I visit her almost everyday, play with her, feed her and let her out the back garden for a bit of fresh air and exercise. His garden is weed-ridden, especially the lawn. The last couple of times she has been nibbling on what I think might be dandelion or more likely cat's ear stalks (- I think they're the latter because more than one stalk from the base?) - which I read are okay for cats (can anyone confirm?),
and grass (I think?)....
Also she has been nibbling on the following brown spiky grass. Does anyone know what it is?I have been worried if it is okay.
Thanks in advance.
18 Aug 2017 09:13
I have a variety of dahlias in the garden from different places. Of the ones I bought as cuttings from a dahlia specialist, two actually died - one after flowering and another before it flowered. The dahlias which are performing the best are from tubers which I bought from various shops including one garden centre, Home Bargains and Wilko, all around £1-£3. And last years' dahlias, which were from mixed £2 bags from Morissons have come back bigger and better this year! I think the cheaper the better!
02 Aug 2017 15:35
Sorry I do not know why my message posted twice
02 Aug 2017 15:26
That's okay Pauline because my dad likes it too. Also a lot of the neighbours have painted everything cedar too which I think is the reason my parents did. From the upstairs windows all back gardens look uniform. Personally I like the bare natural wood colour that the shed came in. It was kind of yellowy. I wish we had just but some woodstain on it. I guess it will be really hard to strip it all back. I can understand why people like cedar because it contrasts with green. I just find it overwhelming and I like growing red flowers and they don't show up much. My white rialto lilies look lovely against it though:
02 Aug 2017 15:22
That's okay Pauline because my dad likes it too. Also a lot of the neighbours have painted everything cedar too which I think is the reason my parents did. From the upstairs windows all back gardens look uniform. Personally I like the bare natural wood colour that the shed came in. It was kind of yellowy. I wish we had just but some woodstain on it. I guess it will be really hard to strip it all back. I can understand why people like cedar because it contrasts with green. I just find it overwhelming and I like growing red flowers and they don't show up much. White flowers look lovely against it though.
02 Aug 2017 14:05
Thanks Obelixx. Yes it would be easier wouldn't it.....Never thought of just painting the shed. thanks for the colour suggestions. I do need to sort out climber support. It's tricky because the sunny side (pic 1) is the neighbours so I am going to get some freestanding obelisks and move them away from the edges of the fence. On the right hand side where the Mrs G Jackman clematis and everlasting pea are, I can stretch wire across as it's our fence.
02 Aug 2017 12:59
What do you think?
Very difficult to photograph red shaded flowers ever since this shed eyesore was erected 3 years ago
Another cedar shed near house end. Whoever it was loved cedar!!
02 Aug 2017 12:43
Okay I have just had a look at the Cuprinol website. Actually sage is quite dark! What I had meant I liked was Willow or Juicy Grape, haha! But now you mention it I think the darker colours would be better. I don't want ti have a tough time colvering the 'orange'! It definitely is overpowering this cedar red, may aswell call it orange, you're right Fairygirl. Somerset Green is darker than Old English Green, should I go for that? Ronseal Dark Oak looks much nicer than the cedar red but I really wanted to go for a green. Ronseal 'garden paint' has more colours but I am not sure if these are for fences and sheds. Ronseal website is a tad confusing to me!
02 Aug 2017 12:30
Thanks Obelixx for the advice and suggestion. Yes will ask the neighbour, we do get on quite well with them so they shouldn't mind. In fact we painted their side of the fence last time too, at our expense (as they hadn't done it!) and they were quite happy! Actually I had in mind a lighter green like sage or something. Will this clash too much with the plantings? Isn't it possible to cover it with a lighter colour?
02 Aug 2017 12:20
Am going to upload some photos but waiting for them to sync from my phone. In the meanwhile can anyone suggest a pleasant green paint colour for my fences and sheds? At the moment they are painted in a cedar red colour which I feel is very overpowering. Red flowered plants don't really show up very well. My dad wants to keep it all cedar red but I want to get some testers and see if I can convince him. I think it's more the expense and time to change it that he's bothered about. But I just feel a nice green would look so much nicer. Please suggest the brand and colours!
By the way, the lef hand side fence is is the neighbours, do I need to have their permission to paint our side of that fence?
01 Aug 2017 23:00
I still have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. If/when I get this cat I'm thinking of adopting, I won't be trimming anything letalone her rearend!
01 Aug 2017 22:25
I like the Mark Twain quotes.
B3 I don't know what you mean by 'have you ever seen an embarrassed cat?' Cats don't seem to care what you think of them, is that what you were trying to say? Also was Spike a cat?!
01 Aug 2017 22:03
Oh how lovely Fairygirl! It is a very nice bottle, I must try and get one of those. Are those more sweet peas? I didn't even know they could be that dark colour.
Well I did go outside about 30 minutes ago just before it got dark, to start my first attempt. What a disaster! Picked some coreopsis and some of my yellow dahlias and brought them in. A huugge earwig wiggled out by the sink and made me jump. Took me ages to catch him and I dropped all the flowers and made a right mess! I've put the lot in a plastic bottle outside and I'll try again tomorrow!
01 Aug 2017 20:57
Not had a chance to properly look at this thread...gosh these arrangements are amazing! Very overwhelmingly beautiful, especially those with sweet peas in them!
I have been making very tiny arrangements in small vases through the season, but only as I've found broken stems of flowers which still looked nice. But I haven't thought to cut some for jam jar. Wondering if I should have a go!
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01 Aug 2017 08:43
This was a nice post to read, especially as I'm thinking of bringing home a cat which I currently cat sit for and the owner can't look after properly. I personally think with some animals it's animals and man, and with some it's man and animals. It depends on what animal. I think with cats it's the former and dogs it's the latter. You can train a dog to 'catch' or 'sit', but I'm not sure how easily you can do that with a cat.
30 Jul 2017 17:33
Hiya sorry for the late reply Fairygirl. Well actually I don't think I can plant them just yet because a) I don't have the spaces ready yet - I need to do some rearranging at the end of the season. I do know the approximate spaces but... b)I can't get to them as too many prickly roses in the way, as well as lilies and dahlias growing and flowering madly!
It would be so much better to have been able to do it now though because of the growth and it would be good to get them settled in over the summer.
In terms of space, yes hopefully I will make enough space for especially Dr Ruppell and Nelly. I wondered, can you recommend any particular style of freestanding trellis? I went to look at some obelisk types in a garden centre today. There were metal coated ones and willow ones. I wonder if anyone has experience with any of these. There were very tall ones but I felt the base circle was too big. But the ones with the smaller base circle were not tall enough. I definitely don't want to grow it against the fence as it's the neighbours fence and if they want to remove the fence panels for any reason, they will have difficulty if there are plants tied to it.
28 Jul 2017 10:22
Thanks Fairygirl for this very detailed advice. The pots aren't really big enough. Deep but probably not wide enough. I don't know how I am going to get this tangle out.