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Posted: 20/02/2014 at 09:52

Happy birthday, kef and Pam.

A bit of seed sowing today, I think.

Breeding Frogs

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 09:35

I haven't checked the pond yet as it's raining, but the heron has been down and had breakfast. As there are no fish in there, I assume the frogs are back for their annual fiesta.

Can I plant bougainvillea in my front south facing garden?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 21:36

great in a sunny frost free conservatory, but  will not survive a winter outside in this country.

Horse manure

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 22:07

Empty veg beds, i have put a thick layer on and left it to the worms. It will be mixed in before I plant.

On flower beds or shrubs, I just lay it on top, making sure it is not up against the bark or in the growing crown of a perennial plant. Any new areas, it will be mixed in just before planting.


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 21:21

I like the tree lilies pinkquartet. I have just given mine a top dressing of FYM.  Last year they were 6ft tall with stems like broom handles. So much better than having to truss them up with canes and string.

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 21:12

I am certainly no expert on Hellebores. Lavished  with  wilful neglect, and the odd top dressing of compost, they just get  on with it.

I expect seedlings to take two or three years to get flowering. A 1 yr seedling I potted, and then positionedin a semi shaded place, produced a few flowers the 2nd year, and made a nice clump this year. Then I dug it up for kef.

I will be taking any seeds produced off the doubles, sowing in plug trays and then hoping for some lovely offspring.

tree identification

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 21:05

Edd, Acacia dealbata is an australian  legume. the australians call them wattles.

Mimosa pudica  comes under the family fabaceae. the seeds are not in the peapod style that the legumes are.

I assume they are both called mimosa because the fluffy flowers are similar, although one is yellow and the other pink. I think this shows the importance of binomial names as opposed to common names to identify plants.

tree identification

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 19:03

the sensitive plant or mimosa pudica is not related.

tree identification

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 19:02

Looks like Acacia dealbata or silver wattle or florists mimosa.

Leaning tree

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 18:08

Any photos?

I saw an established cherry tree today, at a 45 degree angle. It just appears that the swampy ground it was planted in was too soft and it had keeled over. The roots are in the ground still, but I think the tree surgeon will chain saw it down.

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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