You learn something new everyday and here in Scotland, the unassuming little bug which seems to be everywhere, we know as ‘slaters’. Elsewhere, they have different names but even as a ‘pill bug’ we understand what they are. We find them around old property and especially where there is old, decaying wood. As they were … More Well I Never!
There is generally one pest, be it insect or weed, which universally dominates gardens and gardening forums are filled with people asking the same question, “How do I get rid…?”. If the answer was all that straightforward, we wouldn’t need to ask, we would know. I wonder however, if anyone looks at their particular problem … More Friend or Foe?
Still the plant catalogues are falling through the letter box, advertising plants, seeds and many gifts to give a friendly gardener. I have tried many of their products between encouraging plants to grow and something to scare away the enemies. You can tot up quite a bit between all the deterrents, none of which seem … More Condiments and Coffee
My plan this year was to cut down on the number of plants to be grown. I tried to ignore all the seed catalogues and fantastic sales the plant companies are offering, but once again my finger nervously hovers over the ‘buy’ button. If it would be content to hover, I would be happy but … More Never Say Never Again
Fencing, or lack of it, has been the bane of my life in trying to keep dogs out. My garden is small and so is the little furry tornado which tries to get into the garden and run amok. Ideally I would like my garden fenced in, however I have a problem that it doesn’t … More Don’t Fence Me In
It’s sad to see the darker nights come back. I could quite happily cope with lower temperatures as long as there were lighter nights. There is something about darkness which makes you want to close the blinds and settle down to a sedentary evening in front of the TV. Not all dark is bad though, … More Dark Nights
Although still summer, and some time to go yet before winter sets in, I have been listening to friends talking of going to the gym, and wonder why they do have, what seems to me a fairly boring pastime. Modern homes are often without a garden which was sacrificed for hard landscaping, to allow cars … More Healthy Options
No matter what size of growing space you have, outdoors or indoors, it’s worth experimenting, even if it’s just for the fun of it. There are varieties of carrots, turnips and beetroot all suitable for growing in a window box. I have tried all three of them, and if that was all I was growing, … More A Fly Named Delia
A recent trip to a flower show at Tatton Park, Manchester, was a visit only to see if I could get inspiration and ideas to try anything new. A flower show, to a gardener, is like Christmas come early. I was adamant I was not going to buy just because I liked the look of … More I Don’t Buy It!
When I see all the colours of the flowers in bloom it reminds me of the children’s song ‘I can sing a rainbow’. The first line, ‘red and yellow and pink and green’, is fairly easy to fill. Red and yellow are all in the Crocosmia (Lucifer), the little jester’s hat-like Spigelia marilandica, and the … More Sing A Rainbow