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What are your favourite native flowers?

Posted: Today at 21:02

I had to think long and hard about this.  So many spring to mind even if I just think about locally.  We have harebells and orchids on the chalk slopes here but my favourite has to be from long ago in Somerset and that's wild daffodils in the hedgerows of the first farm I worked on. 

Once again. SORRY.

Posted: Today at 20:52

I'd agree with the statement that mid 70s isn't that old, not unless you let it be.

And before anybody thinks it,. my life hasn't exactly been a bed of roses and sunshine all the way.  Life rarely is but my 'philosophy' for want of a better explanation is that no matter what, there's plenty folk far worse of, whether it's financially, healthwise, familywise or any other situation.  Feeling sorry for yourself isn't any help and neither is alcohol

One last question

Posted: Today at 08:35


Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 10:48

Grain doesn't always go to animal feed.  If you have the right crop in the right condition it can go to alcohol production. Maize round here goes to a heat conversion establishment.  Wagonload after wagonload roars through the villages carrying what looks like maize for silage but that's not what it is used for at all. There was a bit of an uproar when they were hurtling up and down a very narrow steep road here.  They had to wait on the main road at the bottom as there was no chance of passing each other on the hill.  Unfortunately, the main road isn't exactly the M1 so they waited on the grass verges.  Some time later the culprits were seen tipping wagonloads of soil and sprinkling grass seed around to repair the damage (only after official complaints were made though)

Fragrant tree

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 10:32

The first dairy herd I 'managed' didn't have a single black/white animal amongst them.  Didn't have a pedigree animal either apart from a Devon Red  That was the late 1950s.  1960s I moved to a large modern dairy farm with 100 head of Ayrshires.  By the time I stopped full time agricultural employment in 1989 I was milking 140-50 Friesians and now it's Holsteins and 100s of them.  Interestingly though, many of those herds now have a few Guernsey/Jersey cows amongst them.  I think one of the major influence on milk consumption was the increasingly hysterical 'fat consumption is bad' campaigns.


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 21:03

I've got blue and white all over the borders and in the pots.  Also primroses, forget-me- nots and a tiny spiky blue flower as well.  I'm happy for them to appear wherever they want to and fill any gaps.  Most came from a friend's garden in Devon.  And they are all easy to remove if they get over ambitious.  I don't encourage bluebells though as they really do like the chalk and we have woods full of them anyway.  We also have woods full of snowdrops but I'm having difficulty in persuading them to thrive in my garden

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:56

Freezing when I retired at 11.30pm, wet when I arose at 6.30am.  And a grey day ahead by the look of things. 

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 23:29

I've a clump of scented double pink peonies which have been in the same spot for at least 20 years.  Huge flowers and plenty of them..  I add compost to the soil around them and they are protected by a south facing wall and tubs either side, feed a  little in the spring and leave them to it..  There's a flourishing  hardy fuchsia in front of it and as the peony goes over the fuchsia comes into its own.  That's been there about as long.  I do propagate from that as that's easy of course

Singing the praises of

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 20:59

Lovely flower and I like a splash of red.  Half hardy might be a problem as I don't have winter quarters but might be worth  try

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 20:47

It's already dropped to freezing here in Dorset but the sky was clouding over. I could only see half the stars though with a wide sky that was still quite a few.

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