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Instructions from start to finish on foxglove flowers

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:54

I think crazy daisies are a brand name for argyranthemums. They will need to be kept frost free.

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:29

 This is a hard one. In the middle of the picture is a pygmy sea horse. Its only about 1cm high. The knobs on the sea fan are about a mm across. It has its back to us, and I daren't disturb it for a better photo, because we were in a tearing current, and if it unfurled its tail , it would be swept off and die. If you look closely you can see the tail curled around, and one eye.

White Powder

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:14

Could be calcified seaweed. could be lime, could be rock dust.

If you don't know what it is, I would err on the safe side and bin it.

Carrot bed

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:43

Carrots like a sandy soil. No fresh manure. Any stones will make the roots fork. Exhibitors tend to seive their soil before sowing.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:13

I'm already saving all the eggshells to put around them. I bake the eggshells in the oven, then crush them. I want a bedful, like at Barnsdale. I think the slugs will probably get the upper hand though.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 08:10

I sow delphiniums in the greenhouse in March.

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 07:49

I figure the pruning, weeding ,digging, is probably better for me than joining a gym.

Like Dove, I like watching the wildlife, picking flowers and fruit and veg, and having enough to give to friends and neighbours, and enough to preserve.

I feel very smug when I can present a dinner when almost everything except meat and cheese has come from the garden.

Millionaires can't buy sweetcorn that taste as good as mine, picked while the water is put on to boil, simply boiled and slathered in butter. You'll never find it in a michelin starred restaurant.

In the words of the advert, priceless.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 06:38

Good morning dove, have you got the coffee on.?

I think I'm still on singapore time. In bed by 8 and awake at 5


Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 06:35

Mike the phone call purporting to come from windows or microsoft is a scam. They will ask you for money to fix it , or allow them to take control of your computer remotely, swiping passwords etc.

The ones who phone me have Indian accents.  When I asked them how I could possibly have a problem with a windows pc, when all the computers are apple, the line went click. Now when I get this phone call, I just tell them tbey are liars.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 20:22

Mike, kew gardens always has an orchid festival, early on each year. February, I think. Well worth having a look at, but I'd buy them from the supermarket. Lidl often have some good ones at very reasonable prices.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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Felley Priory Bluebells.

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