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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 20:12

GG it's the Sycamore Moth caterpillar - 

Isn't it amazing?!!!

not poisonous although the hairs may be an irritant.  Feeds on Horse chestnut, Large leaved lime, mulberry and oak.  It will overwinter as a pupa.

There are very few caterpillars that I would squidge - cabbage whites on my brassicas possibly 

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 19:15

We went to The Old Rectory at East Ruston this afternoon - I'd not been for a long time and the plantings have certainly matured since I was last there.  I'll put some pics up.

 Time for tea and scones 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 19:04

Stacey - that's a month away - RING TOMORROW!!!  Pleeeeeeeeeeeease 

We're back from East Ruston   Gorgeous day, gorgeous gardens, gorgeous plants 

I know you won't believe this, but I didn't buy any plants!!!  However, I've not suddenly turned over a new leaf - lots have been jotted down for consideration for the new bed I'm going to dig in front of the house.  If I'd bought anything today I'd have been cramming things into the Shady Bank, and that's full enough already - in fact it needs a sort out next  spring (when a retired person will have more time).

What I did do was take lots of photos  So I'll put them on the Gardens we have Visitiied thread in a bit.  And we did remember to measure the silver birches Chicky.  We measured several and they varied between 5 and 7 ft apart.  That slight variation was apparent when you looked at them, and it was just enough to stop them looking regimented.  I'lll post a pic



Posted: 29/09/2013 at 18:53

I'd use the new young leaves in salads now, before the frost gets them.  They're also favourite in this house with slices of salami in a sandwich 

Composting leaves in a dalek

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 18:51

That's why once they've started to rot down, the following summer we incorporate them with our compost which heats up nicely and they speed up a bit  Last autumn's leaves are in the compost which will be spread on the veg patch this autumn/next spring.

Composting leaves in a dalek

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:18

They need to keep practising apparently 

We bag ours in bin bags - usually 8 to a dozen as we have two big ash trees.  We punch a few holes in the bags and stack them in a corner for the winter, then during the summer, when we're putting lots of layers of greenstuff in the compost bins we haul out a bag of leaves every so often and add them - seems to work ok 

Composting leaves in a dalek

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:10

They'll be fine in there - good idea - they'll take their time - leaves always do - a bit of recycled beer or cider will help and a good stir occasionally 


Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:08
chicky wrote (see)
Morning - a day for pottering methinks - probably with hand trowel and weeding trug. If i set out to tackle everything that needs weeding i would feel a bit overwhelmed so i am approaching it stealthily instead!

That's the idea Chicky - creep up on it 

What is this please?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:06

Never heard of or seen a greengage with a purple flower   The OP refers to a 'plant' rather than a tree or bush - it would be good to have more information and perhaps a photograph of the plant 

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:02

Cheers Verd 

I've grown three Chilli Apache plants bought as tinies from GC - growing outside in pots on the terrace they're producing like mad and what a well-flavoured chilli - really impressed.  Never grown any chillis successfuly before.

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