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Nesting boxes

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 17:36
Jo47 wrote (see)

Wasn't that an Enid Blyton one Dove ............... one of her nature series? 

Very probably Jo

Can anyone tell me if this will grow in Great Britain? I saw loads of it in Spa

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 17:27

I can't see that terribly clearly but I think it's a Tradescantia zebrina - grown in the UK as a houseplant.  Don't think it's frost-hardy.

There are various sorts with different colours and stripey markings.


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 16:13

Wonky - overall that sounds a positive day

Are your thousands of punk ladybird larvae still munching aphids?


I've just summer-pruned the gooseberry bush and picked half of them, leaving half to ripen.  It's a third year bush and we've got loads more berries than ever before.  It's quite a complicated bush to prune as it's very lax and the branches try to sprawl across the ground. 

Beans misbehaving

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 14:47

Runner beans climb anti- clockwise (when viewed from above) but sometimes they do seem to take a while to get the hang of it - I wonder if the strongish winds we've had lately haven't helped - most of mine got the hang of it but some just wouldn't until I sloped a small cane next to them holding the tip of the bean shoot against their wigwam and by next morning they'd got the idea and were winding themselves upwards quite happily. 

Just continue as you have done and tie the stem against the pole - they'll get the hang of it eventually.

They'll need loads of water in a container, especially in this windy weather which dries plants out quickly.

Help identify!

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 13:46

Celosia cristata - Cocks comb plant


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 13:33

Runnybeak - Shashlik is a sort of kebab eaten in Russia (son has Russian friends etc and has travelled there - he loves Shashlik)

please id this clematis

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 13:21

Cant see any pics


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 13:19

Fidget, they're in dappled shade on the north-eastern side of trellis fence which is covered with a grape vine - it doesn't get much more dappled than that here - they are in a decent sized clay pot in a mix of JI3 and home-made compost with a bit of added grit.  They were going to go near to my purple roscoea but an aquilegia suddenly had territorial ambitions and turned into a giant, forcing a temporary rethink.

I'm going to have to shuffle some things about a bit on the Shady Bank this autumn to make a permanent home for it.   

Nesting boxes

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 10:18

Won't the kettle be a bit warm then?

Nesting boxes

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 09:57

Does anyone else remember a children's book (probably of the 50s) about a pair of robins who nested in a kettle wedged in a hedgerow? 

The kettle was on its side with the spout pointing downwards (for drainage).  I've always wanted to put an old kettle in a hedge to see if any robins like it

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