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Just bought Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace" 30cm tall

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:49

As I do with my fig, I want the huge leaves and am not bothered by the fruit at all - each to there own thank goodness. 

Female blackbird loses her mate - very sad

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:36

It is however interesting how nature takes the best out of things, there is a bypass not too far from where I live, and sadly many small things lose their lives there - though so far it mostly has been squirrels (I must admit no sorrow there) and the odd pigeon (none there either) but the local kestrels, of which we are lucky enough to have quite a few - enjoy the road kill as unchased food!  I do worry that they too may get run over, but have never seen that, I imagine they are too quick and careful for that, and a free meal cannot be a totally bad thing. 

FORGETMENOT blue.

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:31

Brunnera is lovely, has very similar flowers, slightly darker in colour, and it does not spread everywhere.  The leaves can be very good too, silver splashed or almost totally silver - good nature, has survived several harsh winters outdoors.   Saw a very pretty deep blue forget-me-not in a shop yesteray, being promoted as a 'Cheslsea flower', but I'll bet it is as much of a thug as its cousin - it is a myosotis as well.  

Just bought Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace" 30cm tall

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:29

Mine lives in a pot and has done for the 5 years I have had it.  It does very well - I keep thinking I will make pale pink elderflower cordial, but it seems such a shame to pick off its flowers - and by the time I think I will, it is too late!!  Lovely thing, the baby leaves are quite an incredible black against the greyish wood.  

A couple of IDs please

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:25

Maybe leave it in the pot then?  We have several euphorbias in pots, which also get little if any attention, and they do fine - if it ain't broke don't fix it?

Female blackbird loses her mate - very sad

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:24

Yes, it is indeed nature - but the car isn't so the poor bird never stood a chance agains it.   I don't know if she can bring the clutch to fledging by herself - maybe if they are quite well advanced?  They are devoted couples and good parents, and that song  is so lovely.  Sad .....

Why did this potato plant die?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:22

It does look indeed as if a parasite has had a go at it - the surrounding plants look so fresh and strong - get it before it spreads. 

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:21

Such a pity there seems to be no way that we can explain to our natural predators that they could eat them - they must be predated upon from whence they come, hence the falling with the dark undersides facing up so the predator in question won't see them.  Dreadful damage they cause to our lilies, somewhat less to the frits so far - but I do grow alot of lilies, both in pots and in the ground.  I will not be beaten by something someone brought in without checking the contents of the pots and/or soil - grrr!!!   Forward friendly teastrainer ......... the sun is up.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 16:22

Keep the old teastrainer in your pocket - it helps to catch them, as they turn upside down when they fall you can't see their red backs, their underneaths are black/brwn so they virtually disappear.  if you want to use chemicals Prvado does work.  They come out in the warmth and then I have a great time collecting them up in their large numbers, taking them to the hard standing and then JUMPING on them - hard!! My neighbours have given up even noticing my odd behaviours so this is just one more they can ignore as well.  P.S. I wouldn't use the teastrainer you use for your earl grey, an old plastic one is fine!

Tomato Plant

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 16:44

We've all been complete novices at some point, and about some things we all remain so.  It is thus important to share whatever you can with new folk who may have all sorts of information to pass on to others - that's how gardening goes along!  Enjoy. 

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