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Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 12:35

Think Painted Ladies like nettles too - we had a small wood across from that house which would have been full of them,  a farmer's field and a narrow road with rough grassy verges full of wildflowers a hundred yards away, which probably helped considerably. 

Area is a big factor too MrsT - we don't get blues up here. Check out one of the butterfly sites and it'll tell you what's resident in your own part of the country 


Posted: 27/07/2014 at 12:29

archie - that's called an 'empty' up here! 

bekkie - re smell...I couldn't possibly comment....but the man did mention sweat....

Right I'm off.....nothing to do with the above phrase - I have showered. 

Catch you all later 

ideas please to screen neighbours BIG shed!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 12:20

Not sure KEF. In my case, if my neighbour ever needed to do anything to the bit of garage wall my fence is in front of....  but she'd have needed access to my property anyway, even without the fence being there. Garage isn't painted, and the guttering is clear and accessible.  I made the new fence lower - to match the rear fence rather than the one between us - as it would have caught the gutter. I'd obviously have no issue with anyone coming in to fix guttering if need be - there's no point in being difficult in these kind of situations. I expect someone will know the regs though. 



Posted: 27/07/2014 at 12:05

Can you get all my shopping Dove?...I'll send you the list and it'll save me going to the SM 

ideas please to screen neighbours BIG shed!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 11:01

If it's within a certain set of measurements, you don't need planning permission, and KT53 is right - the 'right to light' thing doesn't exist - urban myth. I think a structure of your own of some kind - an arbour with a seat, or just some simple trellis/screening on posts with climbers, would be your best bet. Painted a soft colour, it will help the offending, darker shed recede. I had a similar issue here as part of the neighbouring garage wall forms some of the boundary of my garden where the fence stops. I attached horizontal battens - to the fence at one side, and a post at the other - and put vertical planks on to match the rest of the fence. It's about a foot away from the garage and I have a small raised bed there and climbers on it. 

The Beechgrove rope thingy was in a community garden ( can't remember where) not the one the programme is from. You'll get it on  i-player I expect, if you don't have tv on demand to catch up. 

Bug ID? I think it's a hornet

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:31

It's a beauty Rhod! 

Lovely how some of them are big and some are so tiny. A little one came and sat on my arm the other day when I was having a seat and a drink. Think he was feeling the heat too 

Last year I had a wood wasp in the garden. They're astonishing - very noisy, clattery wings! I've noticed a lot more wasps this year - very busy around all the plants, and spending a lot of time drinking at the little birdbath.

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:21

Quite a few torties here now so hopefully lots more to come along with Peacocks and Red Admirals in the next few weeks. 

Someone was talking last week on a bee/butterfly thread about not seeing any butterflies on his plants, which were specifically planted for them. I commented that I'd not seen many but it was early for them - August is best for butterflies here. Next day, a tortoiseshell came and sat on the paving next to where I was working. Think he was just making a point 

I used to live round the corner from where I am now, and I had Painted Ladies regularly. I'm hoping I can attract some again as they're apparently in short supply. 


Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:09

Morning all. Bit of rain overnight  here which was badly needed and a bit cooler for sleeping. rain didn't wake me either Pauline 

I don't get bitten either Yvie, even the midges don't like me much thankfully. There was a talk on Jeremy Vine's show on Radio 2 the other day with a prof /expert of some kind and a lot of it is down to smell. Some people's 'smell' attracts them. Make of that what you will! 

Glad you had a good time Dove. 

I know I'm your favourite Verd, but I'll pass on the chilli 'present' thanks 

My Clematis Montana is wilting - what should I do?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:00

It should be fine Ivonne. Prepare the hole well first. Water well before moving, and once you've got it in, then regularly if it's very dry until established and showing new growth. If you want a clematis for the pot, try looking on one of the specialist clematis growers sites - they're great for info. We often recommend Taylor's Clematis on here, who have a huge selection, and there's also  Evison's. You'll be spoilt for choice! 

My Clematis Montana is wilting - what should I do?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:33

They're not really suited to containers unless it's a purpose built, generous one, as they need a good root run to sustain the vigorous top growth. There are plenty of clematis which will grow quite happily in pots but they will also need a lot more attention in long dry spells, as they need copious amounts of food and water to perform well.

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