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Posted: 04/02/2015 at 10:42

Panda - it's lovely to have time for lunch with friends Enjoy!

BL - I like albums of photos

KEF - it looks as if Panda has got both our bodyclocks today

Going up to farm shop for supplies in a bit - no idea about supper this evening - what shall I get?  Anyone got any ideas? 

shady, wet spot plant recommendations needed

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 10:22

Alchemilla mollis would be happy there and would go with the other plants you have there.  Light green pleated leaves that hold drops of rain like diamonds and a frothy acid green flower. Pretty from early spring through to the winter.  Some people think it's a thug - it's not but it does self-seed, but if yu cut the flowers before it seeds you've no problem, and anyway the seedlings are so easily recognisable at a small size they're no trouble to pull out.


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 09:07

'Cos otherwise the cleaner will tidy up as well, and you'll never find anything again

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 09:06
diggingdoris wrote (see)

My pied wagtail is still hitting his reflection at the patio doors. Has been doing it hundreds of times a day since Xmas. The window looks a mess, but I'm loathe to clean it as he'll be able to see 'that other bird' even clearer. I understand that he's doing it as he's chosen my garden for a nesting site, and is scaring away any other wagtails. They nested under the solar panels last year.

Can you place a sheet of white card or similar behind the glass in the patio doors?  It'll get rid of the reflection and avoid the risk of him becoming badly injured. Some birds kill themselves doing this - mirrors weren't part of their evolutionary development.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 09:02

It sounds to me as if you have a pair of tawny owls Bekkie - the screech is the female - tu-whit (but I always think it sounds more like kee-wick) and the hooting is the male.

that's the female, and this is the male with a female in the background

Or you might have a barn owl as well - country folk where I grew up called them Screech Owls - they were common around the farms then


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 08:51

Morning Fidget   no crawling back under the duvet here - must shower and dress and pop to the farm shop for supplies ....


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 08:30

I've never really seen the point in covering the soil with cardboard, plastic, carpets etc over the winter as some people recommend.  If the weed seeds are in the soil and they don't germinate in mild spells over the winter then they'll germinate in the spring after the covering is removed, probably about the time that you're sowing or planting, and the germinating weeds will have to be removed from amongst the rows of plants - a much more fiddly and tedious task than just hoeing and raking or picking up all over the plot at the end of winter to remove the weeds.

The only time I'd cover bare soil like that is if there is a stand of thistles, willow herb or similar nearby and their windblown seeds are likely to land on my plot.

Buying plants on the Web

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 07:57

For perennials you won't do better than Woottens of Wenhaston

Superb choice and great service


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 07:53

Good morning folks!  Bitterly cold here too!  Roads look like glass!  Keep safe everyone!

Panda ((hugs)) make the most of a little bit of time to yourself, then onwards and upwards my friend   In the meantime, there's snowdrops to visit and cakes to eat

RE: Avocado Plant

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 07:45

I'd use a general multipurpose compost - some added vermiculite to improve the drainage would be good, but if you don't have any then just be aware not to over water - let the compost get nearly dry before watering again. 

I'd use a 6" pot to start with so that the bottom is heavy enough and it won't over-balance when the plant grows bigger.  Eventually it will need a larger pot but not for a couple of years or so. 

In the summer I'd start giving it some general houseplant fertiliser - not too much - according to the instructions on the packet.

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