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Wasps - such useful creatures

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:43


- but didn't you know? Inhabitants of Dunoon do eat their soup with a fork....

I like wasps. 

couldn't eat a whole one though...


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:38

Great stuff OL. Hard work  ahead but very rewarding. Hope it goes well 

DDamsel -  

Well we can't all sit about on here ferdiddling around - there's dinners to be made adn no offers forthcoming so I'll have to do it 

Will catch up again later

Building a potting shed or logcabin for half the price.

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 18:30 know what they say....if it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck...then it's a duck...

or am I getting very cynical? 

Splitting a Phormium and organic feed..

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 17:32

Don't worry too much - if you lift it up and it feels a bit lighter then it'll be dry enough - if that makes sense! Poke your finger into the soil and see if it's quite dry too. You can tease it away from the edge of the pot a bit as well. they can stand quite rough treatment.

You might find it'll split into 3 or 4 plants quite easily, and as long as each bit has some root, it'll grow, so pot up smaller sections if you want more than a couple. The reason for cutting back the longest growth is to help to prevent stress - the roots can only support so much top growth so leaving it on will just result in it dying back anyway. You could probably take off half the height  you have there, and then once you've replanted, anything that also dies back can be cut out, leaving the healthiest bits. You'll see new, young shoots coming through once the plant establishes. 


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 17:16


Lesley - glad you had a good hol. I refused to put heating on despite the lousy temperature. I'm too mean... 

Ludicrous weather really for August - my poor tomatoes don't know what's happening to them! Mind you, I don't think many are going to ripen anyway -  Moneymaker - but some are the size of small apples! 

Splitting a Phormium and organic feed..

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 16:52

I split two, a couple of months ago, that had been in their pots for several years and were pretty solid. It's often easier to get them out when they're a bit dry, especially in a pot that shape. You can tip them over on their side and pull them out. They don't mind being dry for a little till you've done it, and once you've split them, you can sink them into a bucket of water to re hydrate before planting them up as Verdun describes. 

And in case you're wondering, all my bits have grown away well - no deaths! 


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 16:42

Not caught up with anything on here apart from one thread, which has resulted in some steam coming out my ears. I'd like to recommend how to deal with your mares tail Lesley, or your willowherb LilyP, but I'd be remiss if I didn't advise you on what safety precautions to take whilst doing it, so I won't....and there isn't a suitable smiley for being hacked off either so this will have to do.....

and as for your tomatoes Verd...tweezers love....oh -  but wear safety goggles, a hard hat and maybe a full set of armour  

Flippin 'eck 

Busy day at work but off next week so hope to get out and get on with 'stuff'. Hope everyone is well - off to have a quick look round before I get on. 

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:17

Is the small Copper similar in size to the little Orange Tip ones? We get those here, and they're very small.

I've seen lots of little Fritillary types when hillwalking, but never close enough to  get photos or see them properly.

I mean me hillwalking, not the butterflies.....   

Imagine how tiny their little boots would be? 

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:50

He's lovely nut.  Don't think we get them up here. Lots of peacocks appearing now and hopefully red admirals soon. Torties are in abundance though. A family went past my garden the other day and, as I have buddleias next to the boundary which were covered in torties, I heard the little boy saying excitedly to his mum  'I saw an orange butterfly'. They stopped to look so I had a chat with them. Nice when you see kids showing some interest. 

That black insect looks a bit like a wood wasp. There's lots of different types of those so maybe a possibility.

Pond Profile

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:43

The floaty stuff is duckweed - you can scoop it out with a net and the other stuff is Elodea. It's the most common oxygenator adn alwasy reckoned to be the best, but it does get a bit invasive unfortunately. Blanket weed is manky looking stuff - like thick, gungy, bubbly green soup BC 

Am I selling it to you?  

Your pond looks very clear so the Elodea's doing it's job! When the water heats up in spring that's when blanket weed usually starts to take over. Once you have some cover from floating plants it usually gets better, and the oxygenators help of course.

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