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Charlie November

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Favourite gardening activity

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:16

I had the opposite yesterday, nut. I accidentally dug up a root while weeding, and was trying to work out where to lay it to re-bury it ... then lost track of where I'd put it and had to weed some more to find it again ... and then I saw the ivy leaves on it. Turns out I'd hit a creeping ivy from underneath!

Primrose and Flora:

Edging the lawn discreetly would be quietly slicing a few more inches off it to make room for another row of plants. Edging it discretely would probably mean cutting little square holes in it to make room for more plants, which I think would look kind of weird.

What I'm currently really enjoying: not shooting at grey squirrels because there aren't any in my garden! Haven't seen on all week. The parent birds are as delighted as I am.


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:10


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 21:57


"It stinks. So far they have stayed away."

That's what was said. Then you said they'd drink it and die, and sunflower888 said this:

"I didnt think they'd drink, as they seem to stay away. In which case, maybe I will just pour it on to the teabag without the pots. Then they will just stay away."

Is that someone advocating poisoning cats, now? Seems to me he was unaware that doing that would poison cats. Seems to me he was advocating using bad smells to put cats off visiting, and changed his plans to avoid poisoning cats. That's not the same thing, is it?

Favourite gardening activity

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 20:01

My second-favourite part is standing there, looking at the plants, seeing that nothing really needs doing right now, listening to the birds, seeing that nothing really needs doing right now and standing there, looking at the plants.

My favourite's smelling the roses. I have this one "climbing" rose that's on its way to producing at least 34 blooms this year along the front fence, and it smells fantastic in flower, so I can stand and shove my big, fat nose into a flower and inhale deeply and the rest of the world can bog off while I do. Mm-hm. Mm-hm, mm-hm.

Just got to be careful not to sniff a bee.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:53

Good news, Akebia fans. The flowers are falling away, but parts remain. If you look at the pictures (over in Camera Corner) you can see two kinds of flower, small ones with "bunched fingers" and large ones with "splayed tubes" in them. The "splayed tubes" are still on the stems, and some of them are looking swollen. I think those larger flowers are the female ones and the swelling tubes are future fruit.

Justin Doherty2, if you want honeysuckle cuttings (hoverflies love it) you're welcome to come round and prune the sodding thing. Start at the road and work your way back towards the fence.

I think that's the only wildlife-friendly one I've got, really. Some of the others are wonderful pollinator food but they're all bulbs and don't really do cuttings well. I suppose I could clone the pyracantha, as blackbirds seem to like the berries ... or the elder for the same reason. Actually, you're in luck there as I have a few spare elder saplings I could probably part with. Care to come round and dig 'em up?

What else have I got that wildlife likes? Brambles! They're great for voles and dormice. Mm-hm. Probably most easily acquired by gathering fruit from various vines (you want genetic diversity, after all), feeding them to the school's gerbils or lab rats, then planting their droppings. Apart from that ... dry sticks. Every good garden should have a big heap of dry sticks somewhere for shelter. Also nettles, which are the food plant for peacock butterflies. I have those. I'm doing my part for the species, you know!


This week's reason to look askance at Royal Mail: the cheque for quite a lot of money, payable to me, with holes burned in it by a malfunction in their machinery.

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:37

Jasmine is starting to flower:

Next door, there is a variegated thing with pretty flowers:

It is not surrounded by groundsel. I ... intervened, weeding my own garden pre-emptively.


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:27

WonkyWomble, if they enjoy the thing's "company" that much, why is it half a mine away from them, torturing songbirds to death in, digging up and leaving biohazardous shit all over my garden?

Now do please go back through the thread and show me the place where someone advocated poisoning cats. Go on. Unless you count putting chopped onion on the flowerbeds to deter them as trying to poison them, I don't think I've seen anyone advocate poisoning cats.

Nailing them to their owners' front doors, sure, every three or four posts, but nobody's advocating poisoning them.


Posted: 27/05/2015 at 19:45

Has anyone tried paintball markers? Get a lot of practice in first to be sure you can shoot straight with it, and aim for the arse so you're sure not to hit the face, and I think the combined "bang," smack and nasty-tasting paint in the fur will be a more lasting deterrent than a water scarecrow can deliver. Of course you'd have to catch the little git on-site, but if you do, it may pay off over time.

Thinking of upsetting the neighbors?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 18:53

Much better than the neighbours'. Broad beans do have beautiful flowers. I have no interest in eating broad beans, but the flowers are very pretty.

Trivium 1: if you put a small (1V - 3V) DC voltage across a germinating broad bean, it can grow a lot faster. At least within that range, the higher the voltage the faster the growth. I think whether it helps depends on where you put the electrodes.

Trivium 2: broad beans are poisonous.

No, really. Some of the toxin gets denatured in cooking, but not all of it, especially if they're under-cooked. You have to cook them fast or they produce even more toxin while they're warming up, too.


Still, very pretty flowers.

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 19:42

Stills from a video of a .177 air pistol failing to penetrate a bottle of water:

Still from a close-up of it penetrating a bottle:

The air rifle doing the same thing:



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