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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 17:13

mdw84, Lily beetles here too. Three adults found and crushed.

Blue tits I've had ... pretty much all the way though "winter," I think. They're nesting on the north end of the house, which means they don't have far to come when they hear the shed door open. Also present: blackbird, thrush, robin, coal tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, sparrow, dunnock, wren, nuthatch, tree-creeper, great spotted woodpecker, mallard, rook, pigeon and, a few days ago, a grey squirrel. I'm not sure how hard I hit it but it ran away and I haven't seen it since.

Other recent gardening: trimmed honeysuckles, pulled up grass from around a seedling I'd thought was dead ... and accidentally knocked off its only leaf in the process, tucked vines back into the fence so they spread along it not out from it, decapitated a few more dandelions, pulled up a bit of goosegrass and sawed some of those dead privets into stove-lengths. Still have to dig out the other end of the hedge, which is behind the flowering bulbs.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 19:16

Maybe hostafan has the right kind of snails. Not the least disgusting video on YouTube.

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:05

Originally China, Korea, Japan or all three, and the flesh within the fruit was sweet and very mild, like a pear or dragon fruit.

According to one search result, the rind of the fruit can be used as a vegetable, stuffed with other stuff and cooked, and the stems are loaded with potassium salts so a decoction of them will have a diuretic effect ... should you ever feel the need for something with a diuretic effect ... but I just sucked the seeds clean of juicy white flesh and spat them into some kitchen roll to be washed properly. AfaIk they're edible but I wanted to post them.

I think part of the difference between going through them when I took them and seeing them again on the forum is that I went through them about 1000 pixels high, and little details like the vein patterns in the leaves in the last two were a lot more obvious.

If you're thinking of growing one or two, be aware they're sun-lovers, so they're grow more on the sunnier south side of an east-west fence and won't get all verdant or flower until they find plenty of sunshine, and that they're inquisitive things, always feeling around for anything they can climb. Time-lapse footage of one exploring an area of knee- to waist-high tree stumps would be fascinating. Eventual height: 10m, if they find a way. They're not as bad as Lonicera japonica halliana for going to the sunny side. With that, I get brown twigs and a few leaves and next door gets a magnificent display. With the Akebia at least we're both getting to enjoy the plant. Their side's just more lush.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 17:52

Greenfingers, were you de-weeding snowboarders or aggressive sailors?


Today: got around to taking metres and metres and metres of honeysuckle out of the flower bed on the other side of the fence. Some of it's put down roots and is still there. Most of it went on the compost heap. I've stuffed handfuls of cuttings into two fruit juice bottles full of water to take to a friend. Also uprooted some goosegrass. Sat and watched birds, listened to birdsong, watched honeybee and bumblebee, enjoyed the smell of the hyacinths, ...thought about stuff ...


Camera Corner

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 17:47

Weird. I liked those pictures when I took them. Now I think the purple hyacinths is the only really good one, and the second bumblebee the only other one that was worth posting.

Camera Corner

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 17:14

The akebia that gave me three fruits last year:

 Looking promising!

Camera Corner

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 17:09

Hyacinths and narcissus "fruit cup" in the border:

 Honeybee on grape hyacinth, same border:

 An unhappy bumblebee I found on the pavement, transferred to a hyacinth:

 One very purple hyacinth among the pink, white and blue:


Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 17:02

Busy-Lizzie, William Overbeck, Zoey, Francis and Louis walk into a garden centre ...

Whoever said "in the right place," is this the right place for hanging baskets, or do those not count as they're mounted on a fence?

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:27

Runnybeak, that should be a clickable link to a YouTube video:

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 22:12

Just for you, Runnybeak


Discussions started by Charlie November

Uh-oh ...

This one doesn't look good. 
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3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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Most embarassing failure of the weekend

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An octopus's garden in the shade

No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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