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Mock orange?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 19:12

I like the Syringa thing too! My Mum used to called purple beech 'copper beech',  and as a child, I could never understand that, because I could see that the green stuff (and we had a huge hedge if it in the garden) was copper in winter. The purple stuff is  a funny caramel colour initially, so perhaps that's what she meant.

 Every time I see purple beech in late spring, it reminds me of her  

Creature ID

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 19:03

They do like to tuck themselves into dark little nooks and crannies  

It just shows that you don't need a pond to get all kinds of wildlife coming in 

Creature ID

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 18:29

Or Gherkins, Ladybird...

Great to have him in your garden Denno, isn't it? 

Funny how people will often like frogs, but not toads.    They're all lovely, and a real asset  

Mock orange?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 18:25

I've always found that confusing. I've often heard Choisya called Mock Orange too.  My brain can't cope with it all ...    

Nice little find though Hattie. They do have a lovely scent-especially on a warm evening   


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 18:19

They do philippa  

It's got very dark here, and it's chucking it down. Of course, I had to stand at the front door for twenty minutes doing a Government survey (my house is the one they picked at random ) and the sun was out, blue skies - the works. Soon as he goes away....typical  

I'd already fobbed 'em off twice before so I couldn't really refuse!

I had to resort to hoovering   The new carpet is so fluffy - it needs hoovered umpteen times to get all the little bits off 


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 17:45

No thunder here Joyce - yet!  Very 'like it' though. I love a good thunderstorm  

Don't envy you that Rescue fidget   Mind you, I  can't swim....  

Spectacular, if somewhat edgy memories for you though!  The orca sighting must have been particularly special. 

Think my BIL prefers warmer waters too - they go to the Maldives most years and he spends the whole time diving. My niece is qualified to teach, and was working at The Place in Koh Tao, Thailand until a couple of years ago. She met her boyfriend there - he's  a cave diver. 


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:33


They look so daft when they're at that stage, don't they?

It's gone off here too, but I don't think it's far away - those nice downpours of big, 'ploppy' raindrops. That's the correct meteorological term by the way  

I have a couple of plants to put in so might do that.  I intended doing it yesterday, but  instead I repaired the corner of one of my timber 'boxes' that the builders damaged.    

I wasn't going to be able to do a bit of planing /sanding to sort it, so I cut a new piece out, attached it and gave it a coat of paint. Of course, it had to be the bit that's slotted round the big post that supports the screen...  Just as well I had a spare bit of timber.

Magnolia Stellata

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:23

They use crampons and everything here Ceres....

I'd agree with Ladybird - pot it up and let it get a bit more mature. It would be a shame to lose it.

Slugs and snail are like most pests, worse some years than others. They've been in shorter supply up here this year as we've had more dry cold weather, instead of the usual wet cold, while lots of other areas have had mild and wet conditions just at the right time for slugs to go forth and multiply....

Independence Day?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:17

I've stayed out of this as I don't want involved in a repeat of the other threads that caused so much discord recently, but I've just read that an online petition to have a 'referendum rerun' has passed 1,000,000 signatures, so now they have to debate it in Parliament.... 

Part two anyone ?  

Jimmy - they announced yesterday that the B of E was ready to put gazillions of shekels in to the economy to help....

Maybe they were just sitting on it for this year's  Christmas party.... 

Sweet pea relocation

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 16:05

What a shame Danielle. As long as they have sufficient room to grow, and aren't competing too much for water and nutrients, they'll be fine.

They do get quite big and bushy though, so if you feel there are too many in the location you have them, it might be best to remove a couple simply to give the others better growing conditions. They can get a bit mildewy, and look a bit rough at the bottom if they get very crowded and dry. Good air circulation helps to keep them healthy. Just use your own judgement as they grow  

and get the under gardener trained up for next year...

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