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Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 13:44

We have 12 blackbirds regularly waiting for the breakfast feed. They stamp about in the garden when I draw the bedroom curtains. While the kettle is boiling, I put feed out and they sit in the magnolia. As soon as my back is turned, they are down on the lawn feeding.

 We had a bumper crop of apples this year, and I have only just got through them all, the blackbirds were getting through 3 or 4 apples a day.

When indoor seedlings have to acclimatise

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 20:53

Nigel,  I would go on David K's sweet pea thread for a better answer.

Personally I would get them outside, its too warm indoors for sweet peas.

Under-rated climber?

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 20:48

This months RHS  magazine has a picture of a new honeysuckle called"mandarin"

I was really excited until I found that it had little or no scent. For me, the whole point of honeysuckle is the scent. I have  "Graham Thomas," which I believe he found in a hedgerow and then propagated. It is all yellow and has a long flowering season. Belgica and  Serotina are also well perfumed and will extend the season.

Although it can be rampant, it responds well to an annual hackback.


Plant ID please

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:39

I was thinking more like Centaurea montana.... blue perennial cornflower.


Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:59

Hmmm.. My seed tray rack arrived (a day late). trouble is the 15 seed trays supplied have no holes in. Either I replace them all and use them as gravel trays, or I get the drill out.

the vernon geranium company

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:31

Vernon geranium catalogue on the mat when I got in this evening, My first thought was that it was T&M

Vernon geraniums used to have a good reputation, but as with Van meeuwen which is T&M under another name, I won't be using them.


Posted: 26/02/2014 at 20:32

The old "Amateur winemaker" books are pretty good too.

If you do an amazon search for wine and C. J. J.  Berry it brings up a lot of paperbacks that I have found useful in the past.

Soilless cultivation in the office, sweet potato

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:40

Will it grow tubers like that?

Planting Lupin seeds

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:37

It depends on what variety you collected the seed from. If they were one of the F1 types, they will not come true to the parent plant.

 When they germinate you can put the jiffy pellet in a 7cm pot to grow on and add a  bit more compost.

Talkback: How to plant long-cane raspberries

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:21

The ones being sold as "long cane" raspberries should fruit this year with no pruning.

 What variety are they?

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