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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.

Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 08:04

Lovely pix 

Nice Red Admiral. Just as well there was no Bamboo or that naughty Panda would have been there all day scoffing...unless she ate it all of course....

I love the 'armillary' sculpture, the fading ferns and hostas with their calla type sculpture, and the arbour seat. Wouldn't fancy one of those squashes dropping on my head though! 

Hostas as a delicacy !

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 07:56

It's a new one on me! Perhaps it's a new Heston Blumenthal recipe... 

Hostas as a delicacy !

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 07:50

Don't think many of us eat Hostas Frank...unless we're Bambi...

Very high fences are the only thing that keep them out.

And  they're not fact they're quite 'dear'...

That one was for you Verd 

Lovely pix Gillian, but they're a bigger nuisance than anything else if you get them in regularly. Nice to eat  though!

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