BobTheGardener


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Impact of solar lights on wildlife ?

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 14:53

Sounds like your detector is a bit over-sensitive pansyface.  Have a look to see if there is an adjustment - often a small hole through which you can insert a flat-bladed screwdriver.  There's a 500W monstrosity across the road from me which is on and off all night - even the wind blowing branches seems to set it off.  The owner is 'not communicative' so I've had to buy thick dark bedroom curtains to stop being woken up at night.  I was considering an air rifle before I came to my senses though..

Bananas baby bananas

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 14:41

Wow, impressive bananas Majorhound!  Do you know which variety they are?

Clematis dried leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 13:31

Sounds like a Group 2.  Cut off any old flowers now then leave it until spring.  In late Feb to mid March, follow each shoot back from the tip and cut to just above a pair of strong healthy-looking buds.  If it is outgrowing it's space you can cut further back but always to a pair of buds.  The further you cut back the fewer flowers you'll get in spring but will probably get more during the later flowering.

If it's a one or two year old clematis then the best thing to do is cut it right back hard to about a foot tall in spring, again to just above a pair of healthy buds.  This will produce a much, much better and stronger plant in the future.  You will get few flowers the first year after doing this but it is totally worth it.

Impact of solar lights on wildlife ?

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 13:20

In cases where you do need an outside light for safety, please make sure you point them at the ground where you need the light and not upwards into the sky!

LED ones have less environmental impact (and will be much cheaper to run) and please, please avoid those ghastly 500W ones with the glass tube-shaped bulbs.   

For movement activated lights, please take time to adjust them so that humans trigger them but not small animals.

All simple stuff which will limit the damage.

Spring bulbs sprout up

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 11:11

Nothing you can do Luba, but they will slow right down as soon as temperatures fall then will take off again in spring.

Prayer plant crispy leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 11:08

Easiest is to spray it daily with a hand-held mister.  Also make sure it's not getting too much light - they prefer low light levels.. but that's unlikely to be the problem today!

Bananas baby bananas

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 10:59

Neither are hardy in the UK (they are tropical fruits) so both need bringing indoors over winter.  I would also agree with cutting the fruiting stems off before they start to rot as they surely will.  Mangoes make reasonable houseplants for a few years but will get big (up to 100 feet in their native environment) although they usually die when a just a few feet tall.

What is this tool

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 02:05

I think it's a dandelion puller - they come in a multitude of designs.

Impact of solar lights on wildlife ?

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 00:00

As an astronomer, I absolutely hate the things.  Artificial lighting at night not only affects wildlife but us too!  Please take a read of some of these links:

http://darksky.org/light-pollution/wildlife/

http://www.britastro.org/dark-skies/wildlife.html

http://darksky.org/light-pollution/human-health/

Our local streetlamps now also go off at midnight which is wonderful - I can, at last, see the stars again!  

Most of the children I ask have NEVER seen the milky way which I find really sad!

What plant

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 00:31

It might be a Camellia like "Winter's star".

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