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Posted: 20/05/2015 at 10:20

Bumping as I don't grow ranunculus

Cauliflower leaves stripped :(

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:53


cutting down conifers

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:32

Nothing to do with being 'politically correct' or not.

All wild birds, their young, their eggs and active nests are protected under UK law.

 It is an offence to damage a nest intentionally while it is in use or being built and hedge cutting and tree felling is highly likely to damage nests or cause them to be deserted.  The penalty can be a £5,000 fine and possibly imprisonment.   This applies to all birds, including pigeons, crows etc.

Some birds' nests are incredibly tiny and impossible to see in a standing conifer.

More info here



Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:23

Gillygee - keep an eye on those magpies - they'll be wanting to feed their offspring on birds eggs and nestlings - we used to lose lots of ducklings to the magpies who sat on the corner of the mill roof and swoop down as Mother Duck paraded her brood across the yard - they'd pick them off one by one.  I know baby magpies have to eat too, but why do they have to be so blatant about it

Gillygee - if retail therapy isn't on the cards, sow some seeds, or pot up some little self-sown seedlings found around the garden - wonderfully therapeutic to get something for virtually nothing

Weird one for me - help needed

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:35

Sorry, the sweepstake suggestion was a sort of a joke but it'll be fun to see if anyone gets it right - no need to do a separate thread - this one will do.

Rapeseed growing in my lawn - help!

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:29

Oh dear Roberta

I think Fg is right, weedkiller will be needed.  Ask your 'helpful' farmer if he has a herbicide which removes broad-leaved weeds from pasture or grain crops while leaving the grass intact.

Good luck

There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:15

I've got an orangey-red geum (Flames of Passion ) and an orangey-red aquilegia both growing by a Hosta Hadspens Blue - fab combination


Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:12

Good morning all

RB - hope grand-daughter makes a quick recovery - you're right, things are so different nowadays, they go in, snip and out again,  none of that fudging around messing bits around stuff so the risk of adhesions etc is less - well, that's my impression of when DIL had hers done - if I'm wrong I'm sure Pdoc will correct me - if his head's not too full of wonderful food and even more wonderful gardens. 

As for Dan Pearson's 'garden', I had a ponder on that too, and I decided that because he'd made it, it is a garden - if it had just happened it wouldn't have been - except if it had just happened 'in a  garden' and it had been allowed/edited - then it would also have been a garden.

Purples and oranges!!!  They saw my new front border last summer!!!!!!!

Weird one for me - help needed

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 07:51

How interesting!  Have you potted them up?  You could run a sweepstake!

My guess is Crocosmia

Nesting boxes

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 20:21

Crows will rob bird's eggs and fledglings - maybe the  blackbird had been defending its nest?

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