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Posted: 27/07/2014 at 14:42

Is that why I haven't seen many round here lately Dove? 


Posted: 27/07/2014 at 14:40

Course it is OL.....

Some things are easier than others - you only have to stick 'em into any old soil and pot and they'll root - like Buddleias. I do the same with Verb. bonariensis - I damaged a few when transplanting them a while ago - I just trimmed back the broken pieces (as Verd describes above) and stuck them in little pots of gritty compost out of the direct sun. They're needing potted on now.  Nice gritty medium for Lavender - it's a while since I've had lavender, but I don't think you'd use the poly bags - someone will correct me if that's wrong though. Cut below a joint and trim most of the foliage away to leave just a bit at the top.  You can put quite a lot round the edge of a pot and they should root pretty quickly at this time of year. Just keep them in a sheltered spot, not too hot and sunny, and don't let them get dried out completely. Pot them up individually once they've got new growth. Apologies if I've missed anything obvious. 


Posted: 27/07/2014 at 14:28

Dove - you forgot the cakes....

Crab would be lovely. Salad and some nice brown bread and fresh butter to go with it for me though 

Huge downpour when I was coming back from shops - garden's getting a nice watering. A lovely healthy,white astilbe fell into my trolley - only £3, and in a good 6"/7" pot.

Is the ankle still sore OL?

Know what you mean about the news Verd. It's why I'm quite enjoying watching the games if I'm inside. It's nice to see happy, proud faces and have something to cheer about. There was a Scottish lad with the same name as my Dad running in the marathon this morning. Was a bit weird as it's an uncommon name. I get a bit emotional watching those thrilled participants when they win - no matter where they're from. I'm such a big sap   


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. 

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