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Latest posts by fidgetbones

growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 09:04

My wild flower bit is looking rather messy. OH wants it tidied up. I want to leave it for the birds.


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 08:48

If I killed off the clover in my lawn, there wouldn't be much left. At least it's green in a drought.


Pondering pears

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 19:20

Have you a picture?

 The best way of identifying fruit is to take it along to one of the RHS identification days.

the most likely big yellow pear is a williams if it is sweet and juicy, but there is also a yellow acidic perry pear.....

Pondering pears

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 18:50

Most pears do not ripen on the tree. You pick them hard and store for a few days  and there is perhaps 24 hours when they are perfect, and drip juice down your chin. then they start to rot from the inside, and go woolly.

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 15:25

The  Daily Mail starts its great garden giveaway today.

 It starts with 75 tete a tete daffs


What's for Tea ....... mr fox

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 14:41

Anything that someone else cooks and does the washing up.


Posted: 19/10/2013 at 14:37

Verdun, I think she(your niece) should tell his(the burglar) mum!

But she should probably take some backup.

All I got from the police SOCO, after the burglar had been identified, was a leaflet on crime prevention, and the comment---" its not his fault , he's a drug addict."

Whose fault is it then? Who decided to try the illegal drugs, and then stick them in a vein in the first place.? This excuse irritates me to death. My doors and windows were locked,and I had a burglar alarm on.What else could I do?  machine gun emplacements or wire the handles up to the mains?

Mulching: when, how?

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 14:20

re punkdocs answer, Monty Don mulched his jewel garden heavily last year, and then had to sow poppy seeds at the start of the season, because there were no selfsprinkled seedlings coming up.

Oak leaf pest id

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 14:06

Oak leaf spangle gall, caused by a wasp. Willnot harm the tree. We had a load last year, and a bumper crop of acorns this year.


Oak tree seedling

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 13:59

The official line is you shouldn't do anything on another persons land, without the owners permission.-

--  But I love a bit of geurilla gardening.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

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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Last Post: 07/06/2014 at 07:13

ladybirds mating?

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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 20:16

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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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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