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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


Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 18:24

Giant hogweed, ivy, Himalayan balsam, ... and I'm not right fond of Leylandii either, because leaning against one to get a steady shot at a squirrel will ruin a shirt.

Not fond of variegation.

The one that might cause contention: tulips. I've seen some beauties, like "Paul Scherer," "Rococo," "Sweetheart," "Nightrider," "Blue parrot," "Estella Rijnveld" and "Green Wave," but all my early memories of tulips are of plastic-looking red and yellow flowers with plastic-looking centres on plastic-looking stems among plastic-looking leaves. Yeah, the disease-resistant ones. Dullness. I'd honestly rather have a patch of brambles. Brambles take far less maintenance, they're much prettier and they produce edible fruit.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 18:12

Daisy Do, if you've got a purple-flowered species and a white-flowered species, you won't get hybrids. That's kind of what "species" means (except with equines, which are weird). If they're purple- and white-flowered specimens of the same species, you'll get hybrids. If you've been letting them self-seed for a few years, you'll have seen them appearing in each other's patches, which would make it pretty obvious. I don't know the details of honesty's chromosomes, but I'd expect it to be a bit like peas, so seeds from true-breeding purple ones pollinated by other true-breeding purple ones will all grow into purple-flowered plants, seeds from white-flowered ones pollinated by other white-flowered ones will all grow into white-flowered plants, seeds from white-flowered ones pollinated by true-breeding purple ones and from true-breeding purple ones pollinated by white-flowered ones will all grow into purple-flowered plants ...

... and those ones crossed with each other will produce one quarter true-breeding purple, one quarter white and one half purple-flowered hybrids like themselves, while crossed with the white-flowered ones they'll produce half purple-flowered hybrids and half white-flowered ones.

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:25

That's beautiful.

The really scary thing about those flowers? All the seed has to go on is a few chemical gradients, the directions of light and gravity, the temperature and a whole long line of ACAGADAGACGDGAGCDGAGCDGACGADGCDADGCGA

This morning's visitors, who were right under my window but they moved a bit further away when I opened it:

 Not a bright enough day to get good full-zoom pictures of twitchy birds from a standing position, but I got pictures.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Uh-oh ...

This one doesn't look good. 
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Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 23:08

3-part hedge

This is what you get for neglecting it for 20 years! 
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Last Post: 04/04/2015 at 22:42

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 19:59

An octopus's garden in the shade

No octopodes, but lots of shade 
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Last Post: 01/05/2015 at 17:05

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Last Post: 24/06/2014 at 16:52

Rose cuttings: timing

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Last Post: 22/03/2015 at 14:30

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Last Post: 26/10/2013 at 16:46

Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 18:34


Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 22:29


Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Last Post: 01/04/2015 at 19:53

Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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