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Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 23:52

Thanks for the links little-ann.

I recently visited Leighton Hall but went mid afternoon which didn't leave enough time to go on the woodland walk as I opted to see the garden close to the house and watch the falcon/bird of prey display so I could go on the last house tour of the day. Leighton Hall is in the 2 for 1 GW guide. Very visitor friendly, the lady doing the house tours actually lives in one of the wings of the home 

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:42

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...Not many have been nibbled and the whole fruit isn't eaten. I noticed it on the chillies a couple of weeks ago. What ever it is gets down to the seedy part then leaves the rest of the fruit alone.

The first chilli nibbled, I looked inside thinking it could be some sort of grub. It looked like a tiny creature had died and gone black (me thinks I would die if I nibbled a chilli and crawled inside especially these, they are really hot)  I then thought a mouse might have gotten into the GH but the fruit nibbled isn't near the bottom of the plant and this maybe significant, what ever it is has nibbled both green and red toms but only red chillies, I've still got purple and green one's not yet changed colour.     

Cues and aubergines haven't been touched. 

Does anyone have any idea what it could be...thanks in advance for your replies... 

Bargins on the high street

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:21

Not sure mrpp I don't shop at Morrisons.

Bargins on the high street

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:59

Was going to say Hayes are selling dwarf daffs and tulips at a reasonable price but they can't beat Morrisons at £3

Fence issue

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:22

Sadly we live in a world now were some neighbours don't seem to see or care what problems their actions cause to others.

I had a similar problem only I was the one who wanted to level out my lawn. The dividing fence is wooden panels with concrete posts, I replaced the bottom of the fence with a 1ft high concrete fence as fidgetbones suggests, after explaining to the neighbours, why, and then put the wooden fence on top of the concrete. We agreed when the wooden part needed replacing we'd use panelling 1ft shorter, which is what happened. Problem solved.

Your fence may need the wooden posts replacing with concrete as these will last for all eternity. 

I paid for the concrete part though, which was only fair. When the wooden panels needed replacing, although I offered to pay half, they insisted on paying for it reasoning their children had hastened it's demise by kicking footballs against it...two happy nieghbours.      

I'm happy to be wrong but some dividing fences are jointly owned, the deeds to youir house should hold this information, however, if one neighbour decides to pay for the replacemet of the whole fence it becomes their property and their responsibilty to replace it. Your neighbour may not know this so I'd let them work this part out for themselves.

The issue in your situation is the neighbour damaging your property. Talk to your neighour first and see if you can reach an agreement to replace the fence with concrete fencing at the bottom to keep the neighbouring garden, in the neighbours garden.   

This doesn't answer your Q but if the cost is shared, it will then be jointly owned placing part responsibility on your neighbour to keep it maintained.   

I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 13:08

Sounds like the pond 's already drawing in alot of life and the best part is sitting back to enjoy the fruit of your labour. 

I'm digging a pond by hand...

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 20:32

 ...My garden isn't big enough for a pond so I am envious. I've seen some ponds which are real wildlife magnets on the allotment where I've a plot. There are frogs at the bottom of mine but no pond, keep us updated with the wlidlife it attracts.     

The fountain is a nice touch  

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 20:16

little-ann I've had trouble finding gardens to visit in the lakes which is a shame as it is such a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for the two suggestions, if you can post a link of more to visit it would be much appreciated.

Fab pics artjak. Liked the gourds. I'm growing swan gourds at present, not sure what to do with them though does anyone know if they should be picked or left on the plant till it dies. Some have been picked and are drying in the GH but the smaller one's picked look to be going alittle soft. .      

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 22:25

Hi, little-ann...No I haven't visited Copt Howe. 

Dove cottage had been the next local garden to visit on my wish list and  Copt Howe isn't far from there. I live in Lancashire...about 45mins drive from Ambleside so both gardens are doable in a day.

Copt Howe sounds and looks lovely in Autumn.


Bargins on the high street

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 00:51

I've not bought seeds that cheap from Aldi but have had seeds from there and they have been fine. Check when they need to be sown by and if you plan to sow before then - go for it...

I recently picked up two red gooseberry plants from Aldi for only £1.79 each.



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