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Latest posts by Zoomer44

Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 22:43

I don't get a huge number of birds in the garden but there's been an increase and so I've increased the amount of food on stations, restocking them every couple of days. There's also been an increase in ground feeders too, hoping in amoungest the flowers and on the lawn, particularly in the morning. They don't seem to have been put off by the cat either and early evening come and perch on the trellis.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 22:11

Two warm sunny days on the trot, the GH needed watering and in the end I watered outside pots.,

Go on my jollies towards the end of next week and typically loads of stuff is looking like it will be ready to pick whilst away. The strawberries and currants were netted this evening in the hope there might be some left when I get back and after the birds have had their fill.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:52

It was nice and sunny when I got home this evening. I saw my first ever baby ladybird, if I hadn't been following the wildlife thread I'd have sqashed it thinking it was a nastie, need more than one to eat the greenfly though or it is going to be one fat baby ladybird.

I dug a new border last year  - LORELLI- and introduced climbers and flowers into the new bed, it was so hard work, had to shift a ton and half of slate, the ground was so impacted after 10 years, thought I would die before it was completed, what a difference, didn't expect the plants planted to take as they have, I've bumble bee's, butterflies, a red admiral was spotted at the weekend and the number of different birds which now visit is unbelievable.

Climbers for north facing fence in pots

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 22:03

Sorry I can't help but I'm sure others will, hope you find suitable plants. Happy gardening.

Climbers for north facing fence in pots

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 21:57

Sorry I can't help but I'm sure others will. Happy gardening.


Posted: 17/06/2012 at 21:42

My early sowings of french breakfast and cherrybelle radish were small and didn't swell but later one's have produced a better harvest, I agree with Dovefromabove .

What variety have you sown, mooli are a radish and there's also a black variety, both grow to about the size of a carrot/parsnip. Mooli are better sown in spring and autumn, I've just finished picking the last of my mooli and planted out black radish, it forked last year, I'm hoping for a better result this time. 


Climbers for north facing fence in pots

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 21:17

Hi, Remind me what a North facing fence means, I get sun from dawn till dusk, a fence on the right of my garden provides some afternoon shade, where I'm trying to grow hosta's and have planted shade loving shrubs, an 8ft high fence to the left provides no shade after lunch and  plants get full sun till dusk.

When do you get the sun or is the area always in shade?

fast growing climbers

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 20:58

Clematis cirrhosa - 'freckles' and 'jingle bells' are evergreen and grow very quickly.  I bought them as 2 inch seedlings at the beginning of last year and they are now romping upto 6ft high on trellis. Discribed as vigourous but not invasive,  the first has white/marron flowers, the second - creamy/white.   

Another one I bought last year - Solanum Glasnevin, keeps it's leaves over winter, might be semi evergreen though, you'd need to check, mine kept it's leaves last winter, grows very quickly, needs encouragement to bush out, I've been nipping it's shoots. Flowers May to September with tiny lilac flowers.

Lavatera Barnsley, mine kept it's leaves this year but again this could be semi evergreen, it was one I grew in a pot before planting out. Flowers June to September, with flowers that are white with a pink centre, I suspect very insect friendly.     

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 19:46

Hope you had a nice day Frank. We have the torch going by on Friday. Someone has moved the yellow signs marking the route though, I really don't think they are running past my back gate and along the alley way .

Today was nice and sunny so I went off to the local nursery for some provisions this morning and spent the afternoon in the garden. On days like today I often get unexpected visitors. Brother and OH arrived mid afternoon so we sat taking in the sun on the patio.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 21:32

Rained all day, at times, torrential. 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Spud fairs...

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Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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GH tom bed...

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Wild life...

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Saving bean seeds...

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