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clematis joe 's misery

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:32

It's rained here last night and more promised for later today.  Slug  and snail watch on high

ID my fungus please

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:26

If you couldn't smell anything def not stinkhorn, had one of those along the hedgerow last year

My 'New' cedar greenhouse

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 07:47

I envy you!!!!!!!!!

Can anyone add to this list?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 15:19

I've mislaid my trowel as well.  Fortunately I have an ancient wonky one I'm making do with until the 'proper' one turns up. And last night I went up the path to check the car windows were shut.  Did shut the driver's side rear one then this frosty morning discovered that the other three were open.  I'm definitely beginning to feel I should retire to sheltered housing before too much longer

Talkback: Geranium 'Bill Wallis'

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 07:22

Lovely to know the origins and also to know the traditions of this geranium still follow on, thank you

Hoping this isn't a weed . . . . .

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 22:04

When it's growing it isn't a problem re cattle etc.  But when it's pulled and dropped or worse still, gets into hay bales then it don't do 'em any good at all.  It also seeds pretty freely so it isn't difficult to get  a whole heap of them all of a sudden. Sheep kept in a pasture with it merrily chomp it to the ground as it grows with no ill effects at all.  And yes, when I find a healthy clump or two growing where they are no harm to any animal, I always look for the cinnabar caterpillars










Hoping this isn't a weed . . . . .

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 20:28

If it's ragwort please don't chuck it over the hedge/fence if there's cattle or horses next door or likely to be

Bee watering hole

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 13:33

 Don't have a downpipe but I've taken the seal out of the lid so rain caught in the lid runs into the barrel.  Hopefully it means less filling with a hose pipe

 I've drilled small holes in the dustbin lid, rain runs under the dish so two in one bright ideas 


The bird bath was porous so it solves that problem

Someone mentioned this shallow dish with gravel earlier so I've constructed these several situations which incorporate the idea and helps with other problems.  Mostly the problems are because I live in a small block of flats with no way of having an outside tap.  We do, however, have south-westerly winds which bring rather a lot of rain at times.  I also have a couple of bins under the edge of the outside stairs to the floor above but I don't put the water trays there






Buried treasure

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 12:44

 very slow to load this morning, thought it had failed. 

Buried treasure

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 12:41

I had a phone call last year from someone in the next village 'Can you come and look at the wall I've found under my garden' !!! I was off like a shot.  Beautiful flint walling, a fireplace, a well were eventually revealed in the garden of an old manor house along with ancient broken glass flasks and beautiful pottery, pieces large enough to be identified.  Mostly from 17th century.  All because they started a new bed where a corner needed tidying up.  The previous occupants had been there for years but not quite that long.   

re the visited 'yellow garden' the transfer of material from the top to the bottom may have been solifluction effects from the last ice age 10-15,000 years ago when tundra conditions existed beyond the reach of the glaciers.  Hereabouts everytime they put in a new road through the chalk the slips show up really well . Summer time partial thaws melted the top layers which have then slid downhill, wherever there was a slope, scouring big channels through the chalk



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