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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 21:37

Oooh, fruit & nut chocolate - you've made me go all hungry - I've had to go and get the lime and coconut icecream out of the garage fridge - it's kept in there for it's own safety 

Neville

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 21:14

Do I take it you mean the sort of geraniums that are now called pelargiums?  Frost-tender bedding plants?  

Are you growing these in beds or pots?

Common Carder bee

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 20:32

Strangely enough FG, last summer the neighbour had starlings nesting in his roof - not this year - a sparrowhawk took one off the roof earlier this spring and we thought that explained  it, but perhaps the bees saw them off?

Weed or plant

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 20:29

Common Hogweed.  My brother and I picked sacks and sacks of this as children for our pet rabbits and mother's dairy goats. http://www.dalswildlifesite.com/thehogweed.htm.

It can sometimes cause a slight skin rash, but nothing to worry about - my arms were often covered with it but it's not harmful.  

The flowers are good for attracting pollinating insects, and in the winter it's seedheads look stupendous covered with hoar frost 

Don't worry, although a bit similar it's not the Giant Hogweed  which can cause much worse skin irritation.

Common Carder bee

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 20:12

Our Shady Bank is full of bees busily buzzing around the foxgloves, clematis, aquilegias, roses,echiums and iris - the bees all seem to be coming out of and returning to  holes in the soffits of next door's roof   There are hundreds of them - every cloud has a silver lining 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:48

And you clipped his round shrub and did his edges didn't you   Did you notice all those bees buzzing around his soffits?  His daughter's been throwing cups of water at them? 

I think his roof has probably got a huge bees' nest up there as they're coming out of two diagonally opposite corners - at least my runner beans should be well pollinated this year 

Mutant ninja rose

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:32

Louise, if it is a rambler you might not get any flowers this year as most of them flower on wood formed in earlier seasons  so pruning should be done after flowering - pruning it this spring will have pruned off the flowering wood.  If it is a rambler you might not find out which one until next summer 

Sara, that foliage reminds me of Mermaid http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/showrose.asp?=620 a glorious rose - it would be worth waiting to see 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:02

Hello folks  Veg patch needs hoeing, lawns need mowing, not here tomorrow, weekend forecast is rain, rain and more rain ............  I thought Verdun said yesterday that he was going to do the lawns   He missed mine out 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:56

Artjak, as the daughter and sister of farmers, can I suggest that in the first instance you presume he/she will be  reasonable - it may well be that a contractor did the spraying for him and didn't obey the industry code of practice - it will be in the farmer's interest to take it up with the contractor as well as yours, so a reasonable letter pointing out the problem would be the way to start.

However I do admit that in agriculture, as in other industries, there are some cantankerous bu$$ers - so, if you get an unreasonable response (or no response at all) I suggest that the place to start would be the Health and Safety Executive http://www.pesticides.gov.uk/guidance/industries/pesticides/topics/using-pesticides/spray-drift .

Bay Tree identification

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:04

Laurus nobilis is the culinary bay - whoever did you buy it from, or who was their supplier who wrote the label? 

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