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Talkback: Brimstone butterflies

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 21:16

Thanks Higgy - definitely of interest.  I will take a bit more notice of our peacocks this summer - i know we have quite a few of them as they are my teenage daughter's favourite instagram subject

I bought myself a butterfly book ( to go with my bird book and wild flower one) last year - once you start to notice these things i find you want to know more about them, and to be able to tell one from the other.  However, moths have me stumped at the moment - currently they all look the same to my undiscerning eye

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 21:08

Recorder is set !  Something to brighten up January


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 21:02

Fidget - like others, impossible to find words that can help - but thinking of you all


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 10:02

Sound advice KEF

Just googled twelfth night - seems the confusion is not over whether we can count to 12, but whether the day starts at sunrise or sunset ..... All very tricky

Do you think we will lose the Santa smileys on Monday??


Posted: 04/01/2014 at 09:46

Debate always rages about whether decorations should come down on the 5th or 6th. I normally do 6th - but with 5th being a Sunday this year will risk the 5th instead.

did i ever mention i was supersticious ??

tree still upright - 3 days to get through til tuesday when the treeman comes to do his stuff.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 21:23

Clari - i love my windowsill heated propagator.  I start half hardys off in Feb, and when they have germinated i move them to another windowsill one that has capillary matting to help with the watering - then i get another set of seeds going in the heated one.  I normally move things out to an unheated gh when the clocks go forward (by then the mornings and evenings are light enough that i can get to the gh before and after work).  In a bad year that means lots of putting fleece on, and taking it back off again, but i don't have many casualties.  Plus it feels like my gardening year has really started then.

Bird feeders

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 21:10

I'd check the ingredients list - don't they add sugar and preservatives to it?

Talkback: Brimstone butterflies

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 20:43

Excuse my ignorance (we all have to start somewhere) but do the Peacocks change colour when they hibernate or are the underside of their wings always like that?  I have never seen them like that before, but we get them in the garden so maybe i will check our woodshed .... Or at least point them out to OH so he is aware


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 20:25

Dove - you are a woman of many disguises 


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 19:35

Wild and windy day again here, but tree still standing. My fingers are crossed too KEF

Glad its the weekend - out and about for most of it - Dad and SIL birthdays to celebrate.  One task i must do is to clean out my bird feeders - i bought a bargain mega box of birdseed a while back that has been a complete disaster - so much dusty stuff in it that the damp turns it to a solid mass and the feeders get clogged up.  I shall have to use it up by scattering on the bird table where it can do no damage.  Never again will i buy Ga****n

Discussions started by chicky

Tree id

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Autumn raspberries - will they need staking?

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Plant ID - blue flowers

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Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Does anyone want to meet up? 
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Dark Red Sedum

Anyone know a good one? 
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Shrub id

Any ideas 
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Wildflower id

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Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

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Best dogwoods for stem colour

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Good Berries

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No flowers on gladioli

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