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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 21:42

Gorgeous x2!

heloo every one

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 21:38


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 11:17

I have given up trying to plant the whole thing in one Garden-makeover swoop and am concentrating on one space at a time.

Some small victories in my gappy garden this spring are...


Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 10:57

This is a wonderful visual of all our lovely forum members. Great Idea!

If anyone could possibly add me to Kent, South East England, that would be very much appreciated.

Oh you can stick the balloon right where the M20 sign is, it goes through the middle of my town

The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 21:59

I suffered this type of garden for ten years until my neighbours were evicted and the council sent in a JCB to level the garden and gut the house.

There is no excuse for it in my opinion since it attracts rats and whilst I do not judge the owners who may be disabled or just lazy like my neighbours, the council should enforce able-bodied maintenance or else send in their own gardeners to help those who can't do it themselves.

Of course that doesn't happen in this day and age, even the roadsides and verges are left in a state of disrepair. Last year our road was strimmed once in the spring and then just left to grow wild, yet they are quick enough to take bedroom tax from tenants.

As a garden lover, I spent many years in tears living next door to the exact image you show,my efforts constantly marred by bramble overspill and invasions of bindweed and what little funds we had only managed a few fence panels to shut it all out, hence why my 100ft garden is only mature for the first 30ft.

A new family and several skips of garden rubbish later, the brambles were expunged and life became more tolerable. We even got the rest of the fencing done since the council could see we had made efforts in the face of adversity.

I am now enjoying the expansion of my garden and the family next door are happy with theirs, but such waste does make me hurt and upset for those who would dearly love a garden but haven't got one, or those who have to suffer such a terrible unsightly wilderness living next door.

I wish you luck but it won't be easy work.


Very underweight hedgehog found on doorstep

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 21:32

 *Rushes straight to google Hogilo*

Pruning a Photinia

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:22

I wait until after they flower since the bees goes nuts for it.


Posted: 10/05/2013 at 22:37

Location, location, location. That's what its all about isn't it? I mean, slugs and snails inside the compost bins is productive but around the back of the shed is anti productive when they huddling into barnacle colonies to overwinter.

I have gotten to know which areas of my garden attract the biggest colonies and which plants are troubled the most. Ererumus, Kniphofia, Phormiums, Acanthus Mollis and Ivies need constant attention underneath or at the base of their leaves.  I hand-picked fifty snails the other day while cleaning out all the old leaves from just one Kniphofia clump, stamping on them and leaving them for the birds I hope. You wouldn't catch me hand picking the slugs though, all that gunk is disgusting. Those I find mostly under pots and guillotine them with my secateurs for a quick death.

There are other trouble spots as well, under some Alpine Phlox for instance, through which a clematis would grow given half a chance.

I try to keep on top of these areas and always use sharp grit around any susceptible plants, using the pellets sparingly but out of necessity to catch those little black slugs that seem to live under the soil surface but do a lot of damage at night.

My evening last night - if I didn't laugh I'd have cried!

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:47

What a terrible day you had!

bee flies

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 09:22

The Bee flies are more common in high temperature areas of the world such as the Med if I remember correctly. Not that I've noticed high temps in kent, although the experts tell us Britain is warmer, and they especially like Primulas at this time of year, the Bees that is...not the experts.

One fascinating fact I read is that they deposit their eggs into solitary bee nests in the ground by doing a fly pass and plopping it in the hole. Way to go Bee fly! 

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