Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Great Crested Newts?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 13:55

When we had a smallholding in High Suffolk we had a huge colony of GCNs - they lived in a horse pond in the meadow near the house, another pond across the field, and in a neighbour's well.  There were other colonies in the village and on the farms around.  Several building/restoration projects were held up while planners and naturalists worried about the newts in the area.  Eventually they realised that the whole area was simply teaming with them 

In the autumn we would find them underneath our coconut matting doormats as they'd leave the ponds for the winter and decide that underneath doormats was the perfect spot for hibernation - unfortunately the newts didn't understand that the nature of a doormat is that people stand on them 

One of the highlights of the year was watching the male courtship displays each spring, with the sunlight through the water flashing on the silver streak on the males' tails. 

One day as I stood and watched, a large female grass snake swam across the pond, hunting the newts - absolute magic. 

Cyclamen - going up or coming down?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 12:15

And the stems of cyclamen seedheads do wonderful things, just watch them coiling themselves like a spring to bring the seedhead down to soil level and therefore in the right place to germinate - ain't nature wonderful 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 11:33

Did I tell you that OH pulled up all the white cosmos from the new Sunny Bed yesterday?  Now we can see the tall beautiful grasses properly, along with the Rudbeckia Goldsturm, Aster Little Carlow and Salvia Wendy's Wish.  The Geranium Rozanne is having a second flush after having been chopped back, and the Ceratostigma wilmottianum Forest Blue is putting on a good show, having been rescued from the 'nearly dead' shelf this time last year.  

Having this new bed where I can have lovely rich colours has changed what I need from the Shady Bank - I'm going to take some of the strugglers out and replace them with ferns and Alchemilla mollis - that way I can cut the Alchemilla back at this time of year and let the Cyclamen hederifolium really show off.  At the moment a lot of them are hidden by stuff that doesn't really earn its keep at any time of year.  

However, what the Shady Bank does need is some formal verticals - there's a high fence (8 ft plus) behind it and we're in a bit of a valley anyway, so for most of the year it gets no sun at all.  The fence is covered with Clematis alpinas and honeysuckles.  What the bed needs is some structure up to about 5 ft tall.  Any ideas folks?  I might have to do a thread with photos, but that'll be later ... got stuff to do this morning ... 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 11:19

GWRS - I thought Hilary won hands down - but then I'm impressed by facts, evidence and reasoned debate.

If you're impressed by arrogance, ignorant bluster and button-pressing soundbites you'll have been impressed by Tr*mp ... worrying 

((hugs)) for poorly peeps.

((special hugs)) for Wonky - I know she's been swotting up on the groundcover-type planting and is very grateful for everyone's help.  

SGL - when you've finished sorting your lot, there's a linen cupboard here ... I can't reach the top shelf at the moment 'cos of my shoulder - you're welcome to come and sort it for me  ... as long as you're not infectious 

Last edited: 27 September 2016 11:19:59

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 09:00

Good morning all 

I've slept in! But I did spend an hour in the middle of the night listening to the Clinton v Tr*mp debate 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 20:23

That might be because of the beans Clari 

Does anybody know what this is please?

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 20:17

One of the buttercups, can't tell which one - Meadow buttercup and Creeping buttercup are two of the most likely possibilities ... 

Buttercups have always grown in British pastures, they do have a degree of toxicity and if eaten to excess can cause mild colic and diarrhoea in horses.  However in my experience if there is plenty of grass available few horses will eat enough buttercup to do them any harm as it tastes acrid.

If the pasture is well managed that should keep the buttercup under control and prevent it from causing a problem.  Weeds can cause a problem where wet ground has previously been poached by horses/cattle destroying the grass, the buttercups and other weeds then take hold in the bare soil.  

Hope that helps 

ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 19:14

I think the alcohol in the Pimms is far more likely to have a deleterious effect on our livers than the borage flowers used to prettify it 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 19:06

Sun beams on toast Wonky - only you could cook them 

Yum, our veggie pasties were delish 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 18:09
Clarington says: ..... I was thinking beans and toast for dinner but that sounds more interesting. Unfortunately beams is all I have ......

 What!  Are you descended from woodworm or death watch beetles???????? 

Last edited: 26 September 2016 18:10:34

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