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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:47

I agree with nutcutlet - I leave it alone - it disappears in a few days anyway, and is a sign that you have a wildlife friendly garden.

I look forward to seeing it each year - it's a sign that summer is here 

Your garden

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:43

Kate Harrison - the bird on your fountain is a cock sparrow (housesparrow).  

We have frogs, newts, toads, water snails, a visiting grass snake, hedgehogs, woodmice, nesting bluetits and robins plus lots of other birds visiting the feeders, and more insect life than you can shake a stick at ... and visiting bats from the SSSI in a chalk mine across the road. 

It's a fairly small garden, but it's teeming with life 


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:33

Morning all  

Sniffles have turned into Chestikoff ... OH has nipped to the SM for Lockets which are working wonders, bless him. 

Brekkie was lovely creamy scrambled eggs and chives on wholemeal toast - yum.  Now I'm waiting for the paracetamol to work before I go out and pot on the tomatoes .......... 

Chicky - glad your father's on the mend 

Kitty, I know it's in bold, but I'm only whispering, honest 

We've only had the fine stuff too ... warm and damp ... good growing weather/good blight weather ..... which will it be? 

First proper harvest 2016

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 10:25

I'm a member of a small forum of friendly food-lovers and cooks 

It started off when the BBC Food Messageboard used to close for the Christmas holidays and became a permanent base for us when the BBC closed the board for good Wildfood (Foodies gone wild).

I post just as regularly on there as I do on here, and some other members post on both.

It seems to work ok for us and all are welcome.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 06:44

Hi Pete, can you post some photos of the plants please?

Plum tree problems

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 06:40

I also think that's wood pigeon damage. 

The leaves at the ends of the branches have been left as the pigeons are to heavy to perch on the thinner branches. 


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:58

Some loud cracks of thunder half an hour ago so I dashed out and got two loads of washing back in - most of it was dry.  Now we have some 'summer rain' - large drops well spaced out but making a nice noise on the terrace and in the pond.  


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 15:26

Thanks for the welcome home folks     ..... thing is, I had a bit of a sore throat at the beginning of the holiday - I took some soluble Solpadeine and it  went away, but then a couple of days ago I found I had an occasional dry cough ... this afternoon I have a headache and a drippy nose (plus coughing and sneezing)    OH has administered paracetamol 

On the bright side, our neighbour has been a reliable waterer and all plants seem well (we have some special Cornish sweeties for her).  However, she didn't take up my offer of helping herself to the broad beans, so I've picked loads for supper - I'll make a creamy parsley sauce and we'll have them with lamb steaks and Cornish new potatoes.  

The garden is looking lovely, if a bit dishevelled - lots of native foxgloves and white Hesperis matronalis flollopping around on the Shady Bank (and in the veg patch ) and the only bit of damage is a broken sweet corn stalk - it looks as if a wood pigeon has sat on it 

Frogs are basking around the pond and the thrush that I used to hear singing in the distance seems to have extended his territory and has been singing very close by here today. 



Posted: 11/06/2016 at 10:35

Hello folks   We're home   We've had a brilliant holiday   including a fab overnight stay with Hosta and his lovely OH who cooked us two fabulous meals.  Hosta's made lots of changes to his garden and no, he's not moved the rock yet ... I think he needs to get a rugby team in to move it for him 

I'll tell you more later ....... hope everyone's ok ... I need to get out there and see to the tomato plants 

Runner beans

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 05:47

Are they unusually spindly or are they just growing tall and needing support to climb up as that's what runner beans do?

it sounds as if they need planting out. 

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