Foxgloves

We know many of you are keen on gardening, so here's your latest plot: dug over, weed free and ready to sow the seeds of new ideas...

 
 
 

Page :  1
avatar
sandra

Foxgloves

I love 'em and they are prolific in my small garden. Although I move new plants constantly to shade always too many.
Bunged 50 in a bit of clingfilm and water and a poster at the end of the road "£1 each for local hospice". All sold by 9.30 am. Result !!!

So what do you have that loves the environment you have created ?

avatar
violet eyes

Violets

My garden is full of them, pulled loads up last year to make room for other things, but they are back, little seedlings every where. Even the front garden now has lots, don't know how they got there.
But they do look nice and they smell lovely.
I am going to let them grow where ever they want to, I give up.

avatar
Essex Girl

Violets

They're all over my grass. Think they must be the "new" daisies and dandelions.

avatar
Expat Badger

gophers....

...apparently

now the snow has gone we have what look like tunnels in the dead grass on the lawn where they have been running around under the snow.

also a couple of suspicious looking holes that look like they lead somewhere underground (one flooded thankfully)

am sending the cat out tonight (freshly vaccinated) in the hope she'll scare them off. She was trying to catch one through the snow the other day so she knows they're there!!!

avatar
SonyaK

Gophers

Expat - had to Google to see what they are exactly!!
(Over here they are 'mobility scooters' - bit big for your lawn!!)

Is your cat allowed gophers on her diet?!!

avatar
.

Adders

Gophers are sounding almost appealing to me now, as I've just discovered we have adders. Yikes. And they hiss. No one told me that. Nice quiet mind their own business grass snakes are quite cute, but big hissing adders.... another thing entirely.

avatar
Expat Badger

adders

yikes ES - mind you a few of your adders could sort out my gopher problem!

Sonya the chances of Tigger actually catching a critter are slim to none, but the exercise is good for her and i'm hoping the scare tactic will be enough to drive them away...

(she caught a bird last summer but i think she must have just looked up at the right time and it fell into her mouth. No-one was more surprised than her)

avatar
Nausea Bagwash

Adders

"Gophers are sounding almost appealing to me now, as I've just discovered we have adders..."
..............
Adders more scared of you than you of them (yes, I know, my Mother said the same about spiders!) and if they are aware of you they'll probably clear off. The danger is probably in cornering them. They are poisonous but there have only been 12 deaths definitely attributed to adder bites in the UK in the last 100 years. Children and old people and those who are otherwise compromised healthwise are probably most at risk. Probably not good for cats and small dogs, though.

They are endangered and protected by the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.

Learn to love your adders.

avatar
SonyaK

Adders

"They are poisonous but there have only been 12 deaths definitely attributed to adder bites in the UK in the last 100 years."

I was interested to read that, NB. Didn't think UK had poisonous snakes - unlike Oz, where we have lots. But like adders, they are more scared of us and try to escape unless cornered (so I keep telling myself!)
I've had a couple of close encounters with brown snakes and a red-belly black, but no bites so far!!!
But we have lost a couple of cats who thought baby brown snakes were fun to play with!!

avatar
.

Adders

"
Adders more scared of you than you of them

Learn to love your adders."

I know NB, I was over reacting for comic effect... although it is a well known fact my humour is funny only to myself :)

Secretly, I am thrilled, as their breeding sites are under threat, and numbers are falling. I'm slightly concerned for the dogs, who will pester, but judging from the speed the pup moved when one hissed at him I think they can look after themselves.

We keep a patch of forest completely wild, just for the wildlife. I have found newts down there as well, which is great as they are also endangered. Adders probably eat them though :(

avatar
sandra

Adders

None here but not far to go before grassland and then you can see loads.
OH has a real problem with snakes - have told him for 30 years or so, a slow worm is not a snake. Makes absolutely no difference, garden is full of them and he will freeze and yell. I mean yell. Have to drop whatever I am doing and remove said slow worm(s).
Hilarious !!

avatar
JaneMR

Adders

I carry anti-histamine tablets in my golf bag in case the dog is bitten. It can be quite nasty for dogs and this helps stave it off until you get to a vet.

I would say that as far as I know people only die of adder bites if they are allergic, which is the same for bee and wasp stings.

avatar
Dottie May

Foxgloves

These are one of my favourites so pleased to see that this year quite a few have seeded near the bird table and I've wondered if the seed may have been in the bird seed? Another plant that pops up all over the place is the Primrose. I also love Violets but they seem to seed in some of my pots and are very difficult to dig out. What about Dandelions - never seen so many this year! I love Spring - everything fresh and colourful. The Daffs didn't last very long though - apparently the hot weather didn't agree with them.

avatar
Expat Badger

dandelions

groan - bain of my life

Calgary banned a lot of garden chemicals last year which resulted in a boom year for the dandelion

I spent many an evening with my dandelion digger-upper tool making holes in the lawn last summer(prob how the gophers got in)

going to see if there is anything we can put down to keep them at bay for this summer

grass still totally brown here - come on spring!!

 
Page :  1

Return to Homepage
Visit the Delia Online Cookery School with Waitrose
Click here to go to Waitrose.com

 

 




NetObserver
CMS solutions by REDtechnology.com