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Posted: 13/05/2015 at 09:23

Morning Wonky - have a lovely day and give your smashing hubbie a big hug from his MIL

Hosta, in my extensive experience of mallards, they are notoriously irresponsible parents, they may just about be able to rear two ducklings to maturity - but possibly just the one ........... but even with that track record, there still seems to be no shortage   Lovely family of Canada geese - Wonky's right - they're much better parents than mallards.


Fig Tree in Dire Need of Help

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 09:17

If this is in the UK it should be notified to someone - DEFRA?

another ID please

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 08:35

Lots of pictures here of it being quite vigorous.  But surely with judicious pruning it could be kept within it's space?

Any tips to reduce the ant population?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 08:31

Perhaps we could domesticate them?  They could be very useful ...

 taking stuff to the compost heap

coffee & tea

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:56


Aren't tomatoes, courgettes, runner beans and potatoes enough of a challenge?

Anything harder would be like banging my head against a brick wall LOL

Any tips to reduce the ant population?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:24

Chicken and egg situation


We find that encouraging bluetits into the garden has really cut down on the number of aphids - at this time of year the rose bushes, clematis, aquilegias etc are all regularly visited by the bluetit families and we really don't have an aphid problem.  We have  a few ants in the (sandy) lawn in the summer, but never enough to cause a problem - as Edd suggests if there in an area where we don't want them we water them and encourage them to move on

Apple Tree Dying?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:17

Bayer's Provado must not be used on edible plants

Oh no.....not again...

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:13

Because there is no intelligence, empathy, thought or design to any of it, and certainly no entity called Mother Nature or anything else - we are living on a lump of rock hurtling though space - the only intelligence or empathy is our own and there's little enough of it. 


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:06

It's like that here at the front of the house - the cold air rolls down the hill and settles here - but at the back the  gardens are terraced with tall fences which seems to stop the cold air and the back garden is always a few degrees warmer (or less cold) than the front.  And of course we have the big ash trees on the eastern boundary and they must shelter us just a little bit too.

Tassels on Montbretia?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:02

Is this the sort of thing you're talking about?

 If so yes, they're the seed cases, they are attractive aren't they   But remove them before they ripen if you don't want them to spread.

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Geum Totally Tangerine

It's got to be moved ... 
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Last Post: 02/10/2015 at 07:49

Which Cornish Garden to visit in September?

If you could only choose one ........... 
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Last Post: 13/09/2015 at 15:52

Winter container display

Stuck for ideas 
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Last Post: 12/09/2015 at 15:37

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

Or shall we stick with our seed swap? 
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Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 19:53

Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
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Last Post: 20/08/2015 at 08:10

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
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Last Post: 28/07/2015 at 20:16

Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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Last Post: 22/07/2015 at 12:15

ID please

Can't remember  
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Last Post: 17/07/2015 at 12:44

Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Last Post: 10/07/2015 at 06:56

Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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Last Post: 05/07/2015 at 10:10

The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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Last Post: 07/07/2015 at 09:35

Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Last Post: 25/06/2015 at 19:10


Congratulations to you both ... 
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Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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