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Charlie November

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You know spring is on its way when....

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 12:32

Spring is coming when the striepd crocus leaves show (unless that happens in October, of course, because crocuses get confused), the birds start ferrying mealworms off into the bushes rather than eating them where they find them, the crocus flowers appear (except that one that showed up back in ... September, was it?), new buds appear on the wild rose that keeps trying to ambush me at the entrance to work and on my roses here and of course Orion is past the zenith by the time the sky's dark enough to see him.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 12:25

Mice, lizards, (British) snakes, (British) spiders, robins ... they're all lovely, although there are places I wouldn't want them for various reasons. Mice can't half do damage. Spiders I just worry that I'll hurt. If you're ever in Laos, lizards are a good thing. They eat mosquitoes for you all night.

They got under the stairs here and nested in a roll of old carpet for a while. Not so bad but they raided my kitchen. Then they got more adventurous and explored the whole flat. Then one tried to eat my toe while I was playing a zombie survival shoot-em-and-run game. Cheeky little git. They had to go. If you're using humane traps, take the mice at least quarter of a mile away or they'll find their way back. Drop the off in the woods or by a hedge between open fields or something, away from houses.

My grandfather kept bees. He used to sit in the garden, by the birdbath, with a book and occasionally lift them out of the water on his fingertips. He never got stung. "Calm old man" isn't a panic-inducing smell to a bee, apparently.


Rats, though? Air rifle, blow a hole through it and leave it there. Don't get close enough to flick it away with a six-foot bargepole.

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 11:41

Currently the only flowers in the flower bed:

 ... although there are a few on the winter jasmine, too.

Close-ups of individuals:

 A whole group of the magenta ones:

 Maybe just a little bit crowded.

The centre of the golden one, cropped to desktop size (1920 x 1080) not scaled down at all:


Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 11:37

"Lots of green in my bulb patch, but only the crocuses are actually flowering ... "

 See? Those ones are plants, these ones are plants, those over there are plants and on that side I have some plants.

Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:36

Oh, I've just got your common or garden man-in-the-street anemone blanda here. Nice little blue flowers early in spring. Some of the others look wonderful but like you said they'd be an expensive way to carpet an area. £15 per plant? Really? Sure, I'll take 100 of those ...

I think you could get a good patch of woodland anemones very cheaply as long as you don't mind waiting about ten or twenty years for your initial purchase to spread itself out.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:26

Just for you fans of the process, then:


Camera Corner

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:16

Well ... sort of. Orion Nebula, the middle "star" of the sword:

 Orion's belt:

 Sorry about the caption but the forum didn't like it without that.


Not the best pictures, are they? I should probably get my tripod back and use that rather than leaning on a gate.

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 20:24

Almost the same image as before:

 ... and, at the same zoom level (but shown zoomed in more when embedded here because it's a smaller image), something else visible up there tonight:

 Not the best picture ever, but I was leaning on my car! That's Jupiter and one of its moons. Now to put in fresh batteries  and go back out to try for a nebula!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:43

"Gunnera will love wet and boggy depends if you want a giant umbrella"

*image search*

Good grief!

Umm ... maybe not. So, time to look through an online catalogue! Plants that like it wet and don't mind being in the shade?

Bergenias, red bistort, eastern bog laurel, water iris, bugle, queen of the prairies, globeflower or loosestrife, maybe false goatsbeard, cuckoo flower, arum lily or calla lily and just possibly peruvian lilies but they seem bad to touch and harder to maintain.

Chionodoxas and aconites - advice?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:16

Lyn, they're pretty much all three together. Where they are along the border seems to make more difference than which they are.

Discussions started by Charlie November

3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

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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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