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Latest posts by fidgetbones

leaf blowers

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 18:03

Also leaves on the lawn get mown up and shredded at the same time using a rotary mower, and then added to the compost heap. Much quicker than  leaf blower/rake option.

leaf blowers

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 18:01

I have one (probably the same  one as busy lizzie.)

Blowing works well on dry leaves. Sucking into the collector bag is OK for small quantities. 

I usually have large quantities of wet leaves and resort to a spring tine rake and a lightweight snow shovel.

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:54

That looks a lot calmer sea than last week, Thank goodness.


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:50

Very sorry to hear your news ,Bill. A parent should never have to bury their child.

I have been with family today. A pub lunch to celebrate Mums 81st birthday yesterday.  Apparently the landlord is one of the chosen ones on "the voice". We didn't get a serenade though. Eight of us. Mum, two of her sisters, two neices and three daughters.  After a complaint about the chips we got two large bowls of fresher ones, and then went back to mums for coffee, cake and choccies.

I think something light for tea.  Have a good evening folks.  Work tomorrow for me in the wilds of Derbyshire.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 08:52

Maybe Vance Miller could  be persuaded to donate  a kitchen or three.


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 00:22

Ooh punkdoc, I thought you was panda  and I was Dove.....or was Dove  kef, or Nutcutlet.... You know I can't remember whos who anymore, shall we just go back to who we were last week.  You be the doc, and I'll be the mermaid.


Time for bed,  sez  Zebedee

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 00:17

Not to mention the new book on Hellebores.........

I should get some interesting offspring I hope.

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 23:47

Well, not counting the ones I had before that seeded around, I got three versions of H. niger for the front, a double queen, Mrs Betty Ranicar, Shooting star, a harvington pink spotted, A kingston cardinal (double), and then from Ashwoods  i got a single yellow,a double yellow, two double pink speckled, 2 neon singles, a double picotee.....and 10 plugs of washfield doubles from T&M to grow on.   ..oh and a silver dollar with pretty silver leaves.   I guess I got Helleboritis,  but not as bad as Verdun.

 I've just got to build the stone wall around the new bed under the Oak.(about 3 ft high... the wall not the Oak)

Camera Corner

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:52

Well at least they didn't drown. Kef

Carrot issue

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:55

They will be too warm in the kitchen, hence the lankiness. They probably need more light as well.  Early sowings in a polytunnel with no heat are usually alright, but not the kitchen windowsill.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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white mouse

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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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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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