It seems a long time since I dropped in for a chat.... my garden is planted up, the sweet peas are climbing sticks and I now wait full of hope for the night scented garden to grow into something wonderful - let's hope there won't be disappointment, there are a lot of slugs around. I found two toads in the shed so have been taking the slugs to them (the toads have a hole in the floor where some rats ate their way in a few years back so there is a safe exit into the damp soil below. Last night I tried beer traps for the slugs and they have worked well - do you have any other natural methods that have worked for you?
This week I walked up along the airport perimeter where there were some beautiful wild flowers....
The bluebells are coming to an end now and
we are seeing cowslip, dead nettle and woodruff.
Isn't this bottle garden beautiful? It was given to me by a local lady when I advertised on freecycle. It's huge, very heavy and an original (Viresa). I think I was very lucky as have seen them on Ebay for around £35 as they are quite desirable. I also have a smaller bottle I found in a charity shop for a few pounds (it wasn't for sale but for display so I had to make an offer). Some of the charity shops in our area do fabulous window displays but then put a sign saying 'not for sale' which seems ridiculous as the items were given to raise funds for a good cause!
As you can see, not much in them yet! I think cacti might do well and am growing some small houseplant cuttings to add. Does anyone else have one? I am not using mine to full effect yet as they should have a layer of stone, charcoal and soil and be sealed so that they become a little mini eco system.
I'm off to work now but Saturdays are a good day for me as the market is open and there will be lots of flowers to choose from, I am looking out for some daisies for my tubs..... have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping to read my ramblings. Any advice on bottle gardens or slugs is appreciated :D