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Confession Times!

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 22:09

Bribing a politician to go away???

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:55

I have bouquet lilies coming up in a line for cutting. Even though they are only 2inch tall I,can see flower buds. The slugs are after them . I have sprinkled crushed eggshells around them.

Purple pom pom alliums that I lined out to grow on from offsets, are budding up well. I can see at least 20 flowers forming.

Bee or fly?

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:49

It looks like a solitary bee that makes a nest in the soil. It will be gone in a couple of weeks after it has laid its eggs for next years bees. Dont worry. Unless you actually tread on it, it is unlikely to sting.

eucalyptus tree

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:05

If you want to experiment, Chiltern has Eucalyptus rodwayi seeds , also known as swamp peppermint. If you raise them, try planting one out while it is small, and give another protection for a couple of years.

eucalyptus tree

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:48

There are hundreds of eucalypts, some grow in swampy soil. Unfortunately they often dont like frosty conditions. So that limits what can be grown here. The usual one grown here is E. Gunnii, which is supposed to be the hardiest, but a lot around here died in the really bad winter a few years ago. I have a E perriniana that I grew from seed (Chiltern seeds) that is on free draining soil that survived and thrives.

With plenty of space and boggy soil ,I would plant willow.

Growing Raspberries - newbie

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:42

TC, do you know what variety they are?

Autumn fruiting varieties are pruned differently to summer fruiters.


Wallflower colours

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:38

My wallflowers are just getting going. Although it feels like summer, we must be four weeks behind you verdun,  I still have daffs opening and the magnolia is now in full bloom.

Wallflower colours

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:36

One of my bowles mauve cuttings is flowering as purple and cream stripes. Maybe a virus causing a sport. Quite pretty though.


Posted: 24/04/2015 at 08:23

I hope Shadow gets better soon.

No cake in this house for the foreseeable.

The more he cheats the longer the diet will last.

Lovely sunny day here. No doubt it will deteriorate before the lawn is mown.


Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:26

Stuff still emerging from hibernation.  Stuff I thought had died is still poking through.  Anyone I gave Roscoeas to last year, dont give up yet, another month to go before they emerge.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

chelsea winners

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Lotus corniculatus

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Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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Last Post: 19/01/2015 at 23:02

Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 23:04

white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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Last Post: 17/09/2014 at 21:33

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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Last Post: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

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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