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Robin Bathing

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 19:01

Yes - as DorsetUK says - they lay on plant stems and then the nymphs live in the depths till it's time to go up a stem and become dragon/damselflies 

Jackie - they're funny aren't they? At my last house we had a youngster visiting for his food and he waited patiently on a bit of clematis till some was spilled on the ground. He also liked a bath - usually in the lid of a bucket of blood, fish and bone tucked in a corner.

Even though he had this twenty feet away....



Posted: 10/09/2014 at 18:38

Not sure Steve...but since you're still in one piece...

watch out though...Verdun may pinch your waffles...

That sounded a bit  'ooh matron' 

Glad you're not too bad Dove - nuisance more than anything.

Busy day at work, but I've done a bit of mortaring of stones and small rocks round the little pond I'm making so that they don't get knocked into the depths. 

Yes - 3 degrees this morning Verd, but you're right, if we get the cold clear nights , we get the lovely colours. All too often it turns to cold,wild and wet and the leaves disappear before we get a chance to enjoy them. Loads of berries on the cotoneasters just now for the birds to enjoy. 

I'm off for a quick look round now before I organise some dinner 


Posted: 10/09/2014 at 08:08

Morning all. Lovely day here again - pity I have to work 

Must have been very chilly overnight - the mercury was only showing 3 degrees when I hung towels out just after seven ...we need a 'shivery' smiley!  

Dove - what are you like? That's a bit extreme - you could just have said you didn't want to do the housework....  Very frustrating - although you can still weed one handed!

Ggirl - hope you're better today too 

fidget - at the risk of sounding like Adam Hills on The Last Leg - is it ok that I laughed at that?.....

I trip over stuff at work all the time as I have my glasses on, so anything more than 18" away from my eyes (which includes my feet) is a bit blurred. Hopeless old mare 

Very droll archie 

Off for a very quick look round before I go in ten mins. Hope you all have a good day. 

Robin Bathing

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 07:56

Fishy - does your heart good doesn't it? 

The lovely thing is, when you have some flat stones or slates just above the water, you also get insects like bees and wasps sitting there 'sunbathing'. Butterflies have spent lots of time sitting on a hot rock or two here this summer.



Posted: 09/09/2014 at 08:09

Morning all. 

Not been on here much in the last couple of days - bit too much going on. 

doc - I can't add anything to what's already been said. A big hug for you, and keep talking to us when the going gets tough. You know it makes sense love x

glad you're enjoying your trip chick - aesthetically if nothing else! How do they ever do any studying there with those surroundings? Architecture in particular 

Dove - what a daft dragonfly. Maybe she fancied a bigger des res!

Gotta love the buzzards - they're pretty common here but always a thrill to see them wheeling and mewling. There was a young one above me last week for ages. We had one which visited regularly at last house. Plenty of food around for him 

Off to work soon so have a good day everyone. 


New pond

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 07:58

If you want both in a wildlife pond it has to be a big one 

If you can create a little barrier round the tadpole 'area'  that can be effective. I did that in a previous small pond using some decent sized rocks and it kept the spawn safe as the fish couldn't get in, but the tads could get out once they were big enough to stand a fighting chance 

Can I Cana in Scotland?

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 07:48

Tricky for us here Duke isn't it?  Don't give up on them though if you like them. 

Positioning is the secret. For me, the wind comes from the same direction that we also get the sun.  At my last house we had a couple of Cannas in pots outside the conservatory - beautiful as they got loads of  sun and light, but they also got the full force of the westerly winds so they could only stay there for a short while! 

I'm always surprised that you find them so wind resistant Verd, but even summer wind is strong up here so they can get damaged early on. 


Can I Cana in Scotland?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:35

They're great just as foliage plants anyway I think. The flowers are a bonus. All the houses I've lived in (bar one) have been quite high above sea level and often quite exposed so the shelter's important . Wind and cold is a bad combination for them.

You'll need a wide angle lens to get us a pic of those Verd  

Plant identification?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:29

Lovely berries on them. I hate the colour of the flowers but I'd grow it for the berries if I could find something to hide the flowers during summer! The berries start off a pinky/orange and gradually turn black.

Can I Cana in Scotland?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:23

I've grown them on and off for years -  central Scotland. As Verd says - under cover for quite a while before you put them outside and feed them well. Rain and wind are the main issues for me so they need somewhere sheltered too as the leaves are easily shredded and spoilt. I grow them in pots so that I can shift them if needs be.

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