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Charlie November

Latest posts by Charlie November

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:12

Next unknown interloper ...

... well, intruder, anyway. It didn't exactly come loping in through the open gate.

 It just keeps growing!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 18:18

Wow. That's what those 'Duchess' roses look like? The pictures on the pots in the garden part of Homebase did not do them justice! I passed them by.


Yesterday morning's discovery: ground elder flowers smell fantastic. I spent maybe an hour clearing the thigns out and paused to sniff the last handful of flowers I'd picked up to compost. Bit late to save them at that point, and I don't need any more than will come back up from the roots in the ground anyway, but if any of you have the stuff in flower, do yourselves a favour and bury your noses in it for a few breaths.


Next stars here are probably the red and yellow roses by the twisted ash tree in the bottom corner. They haven't opened up yet, but the outsides of the petals are beautiful, intense colours.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 18:38

Lily of the Valley, pure white so colour correction doesn't spoil this picture:

 That may yet become my desktop background.

One of the other lilies in bloom:

Lilium martagon 'Arabian Night', I believe. What's the use of it being all pretty and interesting towards the ground, though?

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 09:58

Yep, that looks almost exactly like the picture on the piece of card in the side of a pot of soil I once bought, and it had "clematis" printed on that piece of card too.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 09:56

Last I heard, they're carnivorous, so mealworms and cat meat are the best options, and as mentioned water not milk however much they like the taste.

They actually eat earthworms, beetles and the like by preference, and only eat slugs if they can't find enough worms and beetles. Slugs can contain lungworm, which is a really nasty way for a hedgehog to die, so they're better off not eating them.

Given that ASDA have Sheba rabbit at £5.50/kg, Amazon are selling "cat food meaty medley" at £2.90/kg, Tesco have kitekat megamix at £1.13/kg and mealworms from livefoods cost £12.01/kg, I might recommend the cat food.


. o O ( Kite kat? A can on a string that you can fly in a wind? )

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 09:47
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

It's hard to choose one star this morning. William Shakespeare rose, I only bought it this spring, very small, looked in need of a home and now look at it! A blue salvia that flowers all summer, covered with bees. A red Sweet William which the photo doesn't do justice to. It really shines out.


Damned colour correction, eh? It's hard to get a good detail picture of a deep red flower. In extreme cases, the trick is to zoom out and photograph the flower and something grey, then use photo software's "actually this bit here is grey" function to fix the colours, then crop it down to the flower. Pain. In. The. Neck.



hogweed wrote (see)

It's got to be Cornus kousa flowering its socks off!

That is a lot of flowers!

As it rained last night and this morning, the roses on the fence chose today to open. Photograph taken from under my hat:

 I wouldn't want the elder to feel left out, so here it is:

 That was a bare trunk in November 2011 or 2012. This autumn it'll be a berry feast for the birds.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 07:01
LesleyK wrote (see)

Charlie do you know the name of the lily 4th pic down.  Beautiful. 

I think that's "Royal Sunset" but it's been a while.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 20:44

Even the ground elder wants to get into this thread!


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:45

Those salvia and delphinium are both awesome shades of blue.

You know we're supposed to be logging bee sightings this year to scientists know how many there are?


My garden decided to call me a liar. I said the elder was the star, and the elder is still impressing me with its determination to feed every hoverfly in Yorkshire, but ...

Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin' from Bluebell Nursery, a replacement for a rose from Homebase that didn't make it. So far, I've got 6 out of 10 Homebase roses looking alive, with one suddenly getting tall and trying to flower and ...

 ... two of those from Bluebell.


 I've been squashing lily beetles on the wall where I put a little bird food each morning for months now, hoping the birds will learn to eat them. Much less damage this year than last.

My well-established "climbing" rose from Homebase, several years old, plus some brambles:

 Also some birds, but they don't sit still for close-ups like that.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:11

Arise, thread! Arise from your archive!

Last week's star: line of pink delphiniums in front of the Star Of Persia that were fading away ... or rather turning to seed-heads in huge numbers.

This week's star is actually the elder tree, because it smells beautiful.

Next week's star will probably be the climbing rose at the front, because it's got two buds opening now out of 44 ready to bloom. I shall try to get good pictures.

Discussions started by Charlie November

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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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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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Last Post: 07/05/2014 at 16:57

Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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