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Poor little plum tree

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:41

Ha ! I wondered if anyone who mention the balsam !

I know it's a pain in the bum in most gardens/in the wild. This section of my garden is the wild area.( hence the state of the grass!)

I grow balsam because the buzzy bees go bonkers over it and I actively encourage bees and anything that acts as a pollinator into my garden. The flowers are really beautiful when you take a look inside them.

I keep a few in the back of my boarders too. They make a lovely backdrop with my hollyhocks.

Yes they do seed like crazy, pinging seeds everywhere, even over my 6ft fence into the car park behind the house. I keep them under control by pulling the very distinctive seedling up as soon as I spot them and make sure they don't invade beyond the fence or over take my garden. I do keep a very close eye on them to keep them under control.

I don't compost them either. I burn them.

They make a satisfying sizzle when you zap them with the flame thrower!

Poor little plum tree

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 12:58


I need some help with my plum tree. It is fruiting like crazy this year and the branches are all really laden with fruit and bending.

I started thinning the fruit when they were newly forming and have carried on. yesterday I picked over 100 ripe fruits and looking at it there is prolly the same amount today. I don't mind this really, I can find a use for them, it's the tree I'm worried about.

Should I support the bendy branches and or remove some of the lower ones ? (It's hard to walk under it they are so low). The trunk looks like it's on the wonk too !

Google tells me that now is the best time to take action, even though it is in full fruit.

Help please !

Mystery Ribes

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 17:17

Last year I found  Ribes growing in the middle of a huge Dogwood that I was getting rid off.

The Ribes has never had the bright pink flowers I would expect only light green "flowers" and then the berries.

What have I found ?


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 14:10

I have 2 cats and they don't cause any trouble in my garden unless  an unneutered Tom comes in, then they will fight.

When the unruly visitors come in, my Super Soaker water pistol comes out.

I don't have any trouble with cat poo.

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 13:52

I've got a little pond that has frogs visit every year.

Haven't seen a hedgies this year.

I use pellets around small delicate newly planted plants.

I pick up live slugs and snails and chuck them up on my garage roof for passing birds.

The pellets I use defiantly kill slugs because I see them all shrivelled up covered in flies.

Grass on the drive

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 13:44

Bring it on !

Grass on the drive

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:33

I haven't been out this week due to adverse conditions .

Rain, hail, snow with occasional bright spells that don't last long enough for the grass and weeds to dry or for me to put my wellies on !

Hello summer !

Grass on the drive

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 12:43


Grass on the drive

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 12:05

Have been to Aldi this morning to buy myself one of these flame throwers.

Listen out for the fire engine later in the week...



Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:36

Emma Lou that's a good idea. Aldi have them for £14 at the moment.

I'd have to be careful not to set the whole front garden on fire though ! Could be a disaster !!

Thank you both for your good wishes.


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