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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Replanting aquilegias

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:50

Bits of aquilegia will not grow unless there is a growing shoot left in. If it was a really big plant, you may find it won't  transplant well.

Talkback: How to grow sweet peas from seed

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:26

Yes,busybee. You will need a support about 6 to 8ft high unless you are growing snoopea or the knee high varieties.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:21

Its  far too early to plant runner beans. Plant them outside in late May, or one to a 3 inch pot in a greenhouse in early may. Don't soak them, they may rot before they germinate. Runner beans don't need it.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 18:30

I know its only March, but my raspberries seem to think its May..... they're starting to flower

Still, I love raspberries.... by the bowlful with cream.

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 18:06

Good bird pics , Jack. My mum thinks blue tits are exotic, She only gets sparrows and starlings and the odd robin.

Protecting Lillies & Hardy Fuchsias in Pots

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 17:58

My lilies in pots have been against a house wall all winter, and are now growing. They will be fine outside. If your fuchsias are hardy, they should be OK outside now, but most of the fancy fuchsias are not hardy. The main problem with them outside in winter is if there is an extended freeze, if the pots are sodden then they will often crack with the frost. If I have space I put lilies inside the greenhouse over winter, but more to keep them on the dry side than to protect from cold.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 17:50

 As well as above I have pricked out 2 dozen more aquilegias (pink pom pom),sown 4 more trays of seeds, washed sheets and remade bed, washed towels(last lot in dryer now)... and fed the ducks again.

Time for relaxation now.... work tomorrow


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:08

I hacked down(with saw and loppers)4 more buddlejas. Lots of cuttings made. Its far too early for buddleja cuttings but the shoots I was cutting off looked too good to waste. If they don't take I've not lost much. If they do, I have dartmoor, pink, white, variegated and globosa up for grabs. I suspect my arms will be complaining tomorrow.

Nice and sunny here now.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:00

Fairygirl, I'm not sure that Miss  Innocence  really is, or is she Miss Revenge (woman scorned)


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 12:01

Three buddlejas and two roses on the front cut down (murdered).  A lump of Phlomis russeliana dug up, and a chunk off an orange hemerocallis.

Cuttings made from rose prunings. I may accidentally line them out in the bulldozered bit next door.

Coffee break over, buddlejas in old orchard next door to hack down now....

Discussions started by fidgetbones

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

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how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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fungi identification please

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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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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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