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What's causing this?

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 14:30

Where have all the stones come from? The pic of the newly made bed suggests that the soil is not stony, unless you put a layer at the bottom.

Red bugs on fartichokes

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 16:18

They are not cardinal beetles; they are soldier beetles.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 12:11
bjay wrote (see)
Hey there. Can I join in? It's just taken me half an hour to find the last message! I'm sure one of you will now tell me the easy way to do it.


Hello bjay,

Here's a quick way:

The URL address box in this forum has the current page number within the text. This is normally the only part of the address which changes with each page. I did not know the page number of the last message, so I simply overtyped the last message number onto the page number (that I was on at the time). When the new page opened, I saw your message at the top, hence my reply. Incidentally, when the page loaded, I noticed that the "7909" which I had entered, had changed itself to "396" which is the last page (as of now).

It would be useful if the GW forums had an option to go straight to the last page, as is the case with most forums (or should I say fora?).

Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 23:40

Hi Adam, I have attempted to grow Crown Imperial Fritillaries in my garden, both in borders and in pots. Despite following all the instructions, in particular ensuring that the bulbs are planted on their side, they hardly ever flower. My soil is sandy, hence is well drained. I have seen the plants in parks etc flowering beauutifully, so where am I going wrong? I live near Salisbury in Wiltshire.

Small green eggs? in compost.

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 16:05

Hi Pink Wellies, I agree with Emma Crawforth. Although I have yet to come across a fresh bag of potting compost with added slow release fertiliser beads, I have often found them in the soil of potted plants bought at garden centres etc. I used to think that they were slugs' eggs!  Then I came across the packets of slow release fertiliser as loose beads (or as pellets made from beads bonded together) which I now routinely add to my potted garden plants. Good brands are claimed to feed the plants for up to 6 months. Usually the individual beads are yellowish in colour, with the occasional one being darker or even bright green. On squashing old, used beads, they do indeed release a white milky liquid.


toads and frogs

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 15:00

Toads nearly always return to mate and spawn in the pond or lake where they were born. If the spawn was put there last year for the first time, it will probably be another 2 or 3 years before any toads return to breed. The males may well turn up a year or so before any females. It is possible that they will never return at all if the pond is very small. Frogs are much less fussy and will spawn in any piece of water that seems suitable at the time, even in ditches and puddles which may dry up well before the froglets emerge.

Talkback: Plants for shade

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:29
The second thumbnail of the four is described as "cranesbill geraniums", but clicking on the the link shows a different plant, Geranium macrorrhizum. The "mourning widow" link shows the same photograph as the original "cranesbill geraniums" thumbnail, so it appears that the morning widow (Geranium phaeum) is just one variety of many cranesbill geraniums. How confusing!
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