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Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:26

Home Garden

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:22

Wonky Womble's town centre garden had been more or less neglected for years before she started work on it this year - I've never seen as many ladybird larvae in my life as she had on her big rambling rose that covers her large garden shed - literally every leaf had at least one on it - to me it indicates that providing the right plants and not using insecticides really works. 

Hazel Nuts

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:17

They will ripen on the tree - in my experience the first people to find that they're ripe are the squirrels, and then there will be none left

If you're lucky and they leave some for you, I pick them just as the leafy husk containing the nut begins to turn brownish - leave them too long and the nuts will fall from the husk onto the ground. 

Then you can spread them out somewhere dry and warm and the husks will come off - I've never kept any long enough to cook with them, we just eat them - nothing like fresh hazlenuts

The Arctic

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:09

Oh Pdoc - speechless here - what wonderful photos!!!!!!!!! Thank you ((hugs))

Doomed I tell you.......

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:05

Perhaps I could knit woolly covers for the courgettes .......

Home Garden

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:04

Hi Viswalingham

I've found that by not using any insecticide in my garden since we moved here four years ago,  the number of ladybirds has increased. 

We also encourage birds into the garden, and the bluetits and their fledgelings hoover up the aphids


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:01

Morning Pdoc which penstemons have you got?  I've not got any here but if I extend the west facing bed ............

Garden centre

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 07:58

And I go past three garden centres on my way to visit Ma, and she lives within arm's reach of Wootten's Nursery, so it's really rude not to visit them ... after all, I'm not going out of my way at all, am I?

And there's a couple of cottages on the way to Ma's that sell really good perennials at the side of the road ........ I must get a bigger car ........... or maybe a pickup truck ...


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 07:54

Hosta, you'll have to come and sit on the sofa with me - you can put your feet up on the Big Brazilian leather pouffe

Garden centre

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 07:52

Wyevale can be a bit pricey, but they do have a Loyalty Card scheme so you earn vouchers. 

We have a Notcutts just up the road and I'm a Cardholder there too so I get a discount - OH works next door at the Farm Shop so when I do my food shop I can visit the GC without using any more petrol - that saves me money ......... doesn't it..............???

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

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Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
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ID please

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Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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Markings on hosta leaves

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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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