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Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:38

Morning you workers   Don't do too much - save some energy for the gardens 

Talkback: Moving bumblebee nests

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:34

Hi Mercedes 

Yes, I can see why you want this nest moved - there is information here about how to do it 

would the beekeeper who visited you be willing to move the nest?

If not, I would suggest that you contact your local Wildlife Trust  and see if they have someone who would help you - perhaps for a donation 

Good luck.  

Baby frogs

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:23

I'm certain that they weren't bred in our pond - 'cos we only made it a few weeks ago!  

Frogs get up to all sorts of things - just as you get used to seeing them in one place they go somewhere else - our littlest ones like to spend time in long damp grass - think that's where they are this morning after the rain - we have a bigger one who, before we had the pond, spent rainy mornings on our terrace and sunny afternoons in the bottom track of the sliding door of the studio!!!  We had to be so careful not to squash him!!!

But once they get used to having a pond, they'll keep going back to it 

Pot or not

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:09

Hear Hear Verdun!!! 


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:03

Good morning all   Heavy rain overnight - that will have watered in the planting yesterday and filled the butts 

John H - thank you for my tree - I really ought to have one didn't I - but it would take up the whole front garden and there's no room in the back - so I'll just enjoy your photo 

It's fine at the moment but I don't know what the forecast is - will it be gardening or hwk and baking I wonder 


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 06:56

Good morning Mike - glad to see you're a bit more chipper and that Amanda seems to have got the wheels in motion.  

I'm not surprised that somehow the computer couldn't find you - it used to happen to me all the time - my surname was an unusual spelling of a common word - people always typed it in wrong and of course the computer couldn't find it!!!   

And a friend currently having chemo was told that because she was diagnosed at one hospital but treated at another, she fell into a 'grey area' and neither of them was responsible for her!!! Just what you want to hear when you're going through the side effects of the chemo, not to mention the scariness of the diagnosis she'd just been given!!!  Fortunately her hub works for the NHS and has kicked some a***s.

Anyway, do as everyone (especially Amanda) tells you.   Looking forward to hearing that you're feeling much better soon ((hugs))

Pot or not

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:39

Given the right conditions most varieties of astilbe will grow 2 - 3ft tall and the same across - unless I had no choice I'd not confine it in a pot where it can never achieve it's full potential.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:29

Oooh, I'd love to go to Highgrove - I understand the veg garden is based on the one at Helmingham Hall, using lots of archways and tunnels for growing beans and squashes over.  

Moving Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 18:57

If you need to dig a bigger hole to get the fatsia out, peel the lawn back in turves - but you'll have to get some topsoil to fill the hole back in with and tamp it down firmly before folding the turves back. 

Pot or not

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 18:33

My dear daughter in law tried Astilbe in a pot - it didn't work and went brown and crispy.  

I'd try to get it right first time - it likes bog gardens 

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Did you participate? 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

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