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Hedgehog poop

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 20:39

Spotted some hedgehog poo this evening near the ground-level birdbath so have set up a trailcam.  Fingers crossed! 

Climbing beans always anti clockwise?

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 20:35

As an aside, thale cress is used for studying plant genetics because of it's super quick lifecycle (from seed to flower to seed again in 6 weeks), so it's nice to see a particularly annoying weed put to a good use!

Is it a weed or a vegetable?!

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 20:07

The ones with a stem between the ground and the leaves are your swedes.  The ones with leaves growing straight out of the ground (eg right at the top of the 2nd photo) are weeds.  The purple clover-like leaves are oxalis, another weed.  I don't see any parsnips but those take a lot longer to germinate than swede seeds.

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 21:18

Heheh!  Obviously a 'wannabe' duck!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 21:07

Finally got my brassicas planted out but it took longer to put up the netting than it did to plant them.  It's compulsory to net around here otherwise the woodpigeons decimate them while your back is turned!

Several types of cauli, cabbage & broccoli, chosen to mature at different times.

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Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 20:58

Spotted an all white butterfly today and thought it was a small white and followed it until it landed when it almost disappeared due to its camouflage!  It's a female Orange Tip which (confusingly) doesn't have orange tips to the wings - only the male has those:

I saw a male a few days ago - let's hope they get together!

Improving Clay Soil

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 16:09

I would go with well-rotted manure and grit every time.  If you can't find a local supplier of manure (local newspaper is always worth a look), the grosure 50l bagged manure is good stuff and available for delivery from places like wickes.  Put down at least 4 inches to make a worthwhile difference.

Plant identification

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 16:02

They are alliums but difficult to say which as I can't judge the size.  If they are smallish then they could be chives which have red-ish buds before they open to a purple flower.

Have we lost these shrubs?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:45

I think they are viburnums and suffering from a severe attack of viburnum beetle.  See here for advice from the RHS:

As I try not to use any chemicals, my vote would be to remove them and replace with something else,  looking upon it as a planting opportunity!

Potted tulips

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:31

Snap, Fairy!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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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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