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Posted: 09/09/2015 at 15:49

Hmmm, I hate to disagree with Nigel Colborn, but if you'd care to click here

and scroll down to the etymology references you'll see that the first part of the  binomial name, hydr-  first coined by Linnaeus, refers to hydor or hudor, Greco-Roman for water.  The second part of the binomial name comes from angeion which means vessel and refers to the shape of the seed capsules.

Where I think NC has been confused is that he has divided the name in the wrong place, hydra - ngea rather than hydr - angea.

After all,. if you think about it, the word hydrate starts 'hydra' but it doesn't refer to the Greek many-headed Hydra, it refers to water, doesn't it?


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 14:21

Good news Yvie - very pleased to hear it.  Hope your mum's feeling better and content this evening

Pepper Plants no flowers

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 14:19

They're not sterile because you have plants from the seeds. 

But it may well be that the variety you've sown need higher temperatures/higher lightlevels/longer growing period than you've given them in order to produce fruit.

What Are These Wasps Doing?

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 14:09

In a previous house I had a studio in the garden and the roof beams were old and a little soft - I found leafcutter bees flying in and out of the studio while I was working there with the doors open - they were lining 'tunnels' in the roof beams with cut circles of rose leaf, and laying their eggs in there.  We couldn't re-roof the studio until the following year when the baby bees had hatched and moved on

If you watch out for the bees you may be able to follow them and see where they're taking their pieces of leaf


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 13:56

Don't know whether foxes would eat it - but they eat most things - we have plenty of them around here but they don't go into our back garden - we have pretty high fences and secure gates with only small 'hedgehog tunnels' for the hoggies to travel from garden to garden. 

If you have a look here there's a feeding station which most cats etc won't enter.


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 13:41

'Our' hedgehogs like this  and it doesn't seem to attract rats or the neighbours' cats.  We also feed sunflower hearts, chopped peanuts, dried banana chips, raisins and dried mealworms. Also a shallow dish of fresh water every night.

Lots of info here

Soil over pond liner in a wildife pond

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 13:02

I would only use aquatic compost for the plants in a small pond.  You can use pea shingle on top of the compost in the pots, but give it a good wash in a bucket first, as it comes complete with a good layer of sand which will make the pond cloudy.

What Are These Wasps Doing?

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 13:00

Wasps rasp wood to make the paper to make their nests - I'm not aware of any wasps that cut leaves, and google doesn't reveal any either.

There are several different varieties of leafcutter bees in the UK.  I'll put money on the insects you've seen being leafcutter bees

Soil over pond liner in a wildife pond

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 12:49

I think soil over a liner is fine for a huge wildlife pond - you know, really huge, the sort you could have a small rowing boat on - but growing plants direct in soil in a smaller wildlife pond will result in them growing uncontrollably.  Better to grow them in baskets then you can split, divide, renew, replant, control etc as needed. 

We put some pea shingle (just a little) in the bottom of our small wildlife pond - it soon built up its own layer of sludge which is what the invertebrates etc need. 

storing plants in winter

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 12:45

Perhaps a cold frame would be sutable for the hardy ones?

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