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Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:55

I find Kestrel are very pest resistant - they're a 2nd early.

Who can name this clematis?

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:52

Other possibilites are "Mrs N Thomson" and "Anna Louise".  The main difference is in the anthers in the centre but I can't see those well enough in the photo.

Blood moon....

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 23:09

Thanks for all the kind comments folks!

Fingers crossed for clear skies during my next project - capturing the Leonid meteor shower on video (night of November 17 until dawn November 18.)

Blood moon....

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 09:32

Thankee Dove, yes now caught-up with the ol' shut-eye !

Blood moon....

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 00:38

Hi all, here's the animation of the lunar eclipse, as promised:

I'm really tired now - as well as actually staying up to take the photos, the video took a lot of processing!

Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 22:53

BLT, the 'supermoon' is what you are seeing now.  All it means is that the moon is at it's closest to the Earth, so it looks a bit bigger than usual (about 7 percent bigger.)  'Blood Moon' refers to the appearence duriing the eclipse as the only light cast on the Moon will be that bent by our atmosphere.  If the parts of the atmosphere doing that are dusty or otherwise polluted, the blue part of the light from the Sun will be scattered and the Moon will turn red.

If you haven't guessed I am an astronomer but hope what I say in my posts makes some sense!

Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 22:43

The penumbra (partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by the Earth) does appear at that time, conifer.  The umbra (main shadow) strikes the edge of the Moon at about 2.13 creeps over the surface until it covers the Moon completely at about 3.15.  The moon will remain completely in the umbra until about 4.23.  The full shadow will creep (from top left to bottom right) across the surface until about 5.21 when the Moon will again be in the penumbra.  At about 6.22 it will be completely out of the penumbra shadow.  We won't see that though as the Moon sets at about 6am.

help please

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 21:29


Parsnips aren't very nice

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 20:28

A frost does help as it triggers the root to convert starches to sugars which is why they get sweeter once frosted.

Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 20:20

You might be able to start to see a darkening starting at the upper left edge from about 1.30am but the full eclipse starts about 3am and lasts until about 4.30am.  When fully eclipsed, the Moon could appear dark red (hence the name 'blood Moon') but this depends on the Earth's atmosphere because the only light to reach the Moon is refracted through it.  Because of this, it could also just go dark grey and it might even get too dim to see.  All those variations have been seen in the past.

I'm hoping to photograph the whole sequence (one shot every 30s) and, if things go well (and they often don't for amateur astronomers!), I'll be making a time-lapse video of the whole event.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39
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