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Camera Corner

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 09:57

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)


OH and I took the same photo in Oxford, mine is a bit dull, his is brighter, but his was too big and wouldn't upload. So he reduced it as I couldn't manage it, but it's tiny now. He wouldn't stop to explain how he reduced - he's rushed off to mow the lawn. Think it's the first time he's managed to do it anyway! I've asked on previous threads how to reduce photos, but the few answers I had didn't work. Does anyone know?


The best free software for doing this is Irfanview which only works on PCs.  You can get it from here:

It is used by professionals too - I have full photoshop at work but do things like resizing, cropping etc in Irfanview as it's just so quick and easy.  To learn how to use it, google "irfanview tutorial" - there are lots out there including video tutorials.

It can also do things like this:



Posted: 03/05/2014 at 09:28

Morning all, just checked my weather station logs - went below freezing between 1.30 and 7am last night, reaching -2.1C at 5.30am - good job I earthed-up the spuds when I got come from work yesterday.   Amazingly it's 16C out there now!  I'm off outside as it's warmer out there than in the house!


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 19:22

Clarington, once lifted, store dark, cool and dry if you can.  Either paper/hessian bag or sand would be ok, as long as they are dry (otherwise they're likely to rot.)  Avoid plastic bags at all costs - the bulbs still need to breath even though they are dormant and condensation will build up in plastic bags.

tree Id

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:18

If a wild one, they do produce fruit - the birds love them - but they generally have more stone than flesh and are edible but bitter.  You can make wine, jam etc, if the birds don't get them first (which is tricky with all types of cherry!)


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:09

There's no cure for rust on the allium family, but you should still get useable garlic from them.  Don't save any cloves for replanting though - get fresh cloves for your next crop and plant them some distance away from where the affected ones are growing.  When you harvest them, throw all of the leaves and stems into the rubbish bin - don't add to compost heaps.  More advice here:


tree Id

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 12:13

What Dove is getting at is that if it grew by itself in the garden of whoever gave it to you, it will almost certainly be a wild cherry.  Decorative but can grow big.

tree Id

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:55

Bob, it came out sideways so I've rotated it for you.  I think it's a type of cherry - possibly an edible one as my one year old Stella looks like that right now.

Larvae on tomato shoots

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 20:37

Too small to be vine weevil which curl into a C shape when disturbed.  It is  fungus gnat larvae I think.  Google that and you get this image:


RHS advice here:


vine weevil

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 18:51

Depends on how much foliage it has - too much and what little roots are left will not be able to cope.  If that's the case the answer is to cut the plant back.  If we knew which plant, we could give more specific advice.

Pond almost done!

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 18:40

That looks fantastic, Justin!

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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