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Charlie November

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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.


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:12

Water pistol? Meh! Paintball at least. Pow'R Ball if possible.


I kid. I kid. Don't use Pow'R Balls on cats. Use blue-tip Safety Slugs. No ricochets.


I like the bbq skewer idea, actually. Give them to room to sit down. You could also achieve that with wire stretched across posts, but you have to make sure the wires are too close together to a cat to sit between them and that could be a lot of posts, so it's probably better to put chicken wire on or stretch a lot of wires across a wooden frame, and mount that on posts. You'll have to do something at the sides, too, or they'll just go underneath it. Snares*ahem* More wires, I suppose, or boards ... but now this is turning into "turn your entire garden into a collection of cold frames because the local cat-lovers are inconsiderate and irresponsible," and even if you *do* all that construction work they b______d things will still back up to and pee all over your front door.


Maybe you should get a lot of photographs of other people's cats and make up "MISSING" posters for them. If you can convince the town that cats are disappearing off the streets at an alarming rate, maybe people will keep their cats indoors.

What can I do under this hedge?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 10:05

..... then, once you've got a nice, clean gravel area under the privacy hedge and a 183cm (because we don't say "six-foot" any more) trellis screen in front of it covered in beautiful honeysuckles and akebia and clematis, with roses woven through it all, and the air under the hedge is still and cool in the summer heat and laden with the scents of a hundred flowers ...


... you can ask your other half what you can do under that hedge!

Reducing a tree stump below ground

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 17:26

Most embarassing failure of the weekend

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 19:59

Sorry, Jennifer.

So, anybody else think this girl just said it all for the rest of us?


Yes, folks, our Prime Minister made a six-year-old girl *headdesk*.

Discussions started by Charlie November

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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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: 20/03/2015 at 22:49

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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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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Last Post: 13/05/2013 at 08:09
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