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Latest posts by chicky

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

Blogs to keep us contented over the wet wintery weather

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 11:41

great idea Clari - I am a reader not a writer, so will be watching this post with interest !


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 11:40

Great news John - welcome home.

And great news Matty - Oscar is obviously a fighter.  Is your eye better now?

And fingers crossed for Spike - and hoping Verdun (and anyone else down there in SW or Wales) is keeping safe and dry.  Scary stuff this weather business .


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 07:12

Back on the early shift again.   Can't see the weather outside but can hear the wind and rain - will it never end?

Going to celebrate my Dad's birthday on Saturday - down on the south coast near Southampton.  Were planning lunch and a walk along Lepe beach.  Think it will just be lunch after all 

Physalis Little Lanterns

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 22:00

I have had a few that come with collections of "free" perennials.  I have killed them every time - even though the rest of the collection has come through.  Maybe if I'd bought a plant they would have been more successful.  Don't think I am giving off bad vibes ...... but on the other hand ......

Plant Gift Ideas 60th Birthdays

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 21:55

GardenerP - there is a section on the RHS website about finding plants for special occasions, with tips on how to use their plant finder to find plants with special names, or that flower at special times.

Checked it out earlier for you - and ended up purchasing a couple of new camellias because they have my youngest daughter's name ..... if OH complains about yet more plant deliveries, I shall be blaming you


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 20:15
Hi there - tree surgeon came round to look just before sun went down. As the earth around it isn't cracked he thinks it will be ok for a bit, but to be on safe side we are going to take the tops out of it and its companions (group of 3). That will keep us screened, but safer. Bad news is he can't come til next tues, so we have to survive the weekend gales. Went and had a look today and NDN and OH agree that if it falls it will most likely come down towards our grass (which won't do any damage) - because of the way its foliage is weighted. Anxious few days.

Fidget - so sorry for you and OH - difficult times. Thinking of you.

Discussions started by chicky

How big are vine weevil grubs?

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Tree id

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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

Blue flowers like a forget me not 
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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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TV gardening programmes

A reminder 
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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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