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Latest posts by fidgetbones

The best Christmas present

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 19:07

I always got presents that were thought suitable for a girl. Only trouble was it just meant that my sister got twice as many dolls. There was the year I wanted a bike, and got a dolls pram. I swapped it with the lad next door but one, for his bike. He was quite happy wheeling it up and down. I was ecstatic until his father ( ex Notts Forest football player) came and exchanged them back again. This continued until I finally got what I really really wanted. When I was 10 I got a greenhouse and a book by Percy Thrower.

gardening jobs

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 18:58

Hurray......   When do you start?


Posted: 09/12/2013 at 18:48

I went to a local garden centre. Not many plants outside apart from xmas trees, but I did pick up 2 hellebores, with flower buds on, at £3.99 each. Most of inside appears to be xmas oriented, eventually I gave up and asked someone where the onion seeds and labels were.A small rack of Robinsons seeds in front of the customer service desk, and labels in the opposite corner to where they were in September.However , I'm ready to start making the labels for next year now, and I have good onion seed.

Welly boots

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 18:58

If you leave crocs out in the sun, they shrink. (just a tip from my aussie pals who noticed I had left a pair outside in the sun, rather than traipse mud in) I have some that look like ballerina flats, weigh next to nothing and great for beaches.

Best dogwoods for stem colour

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 18:28

Easy to propagate from hardwood cuttings if you know someone with some nice coloured stem types.

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 18:19

Have you got a channel number , Bob?

Camera Corner

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:06

The octopus changes colour to match the rock, also changes the texture of its skin to match the surroundings. Net result- invisible.

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 22:13

When we got back to the boat, we were told off because we were late for breakfast. Yes, but we saw the hammerheads and a manta. If we didn't have the video evidence, no one would have believed us. A few very subdued faces from those that went back early when we showed the video. Guess where we did the after breakfast dive.

Pulmonaria! :)

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 20:16

Some pulmonarias have better leaves in summer than others. Cotton cool has nice silvered leaves. Margery fish and sissinghurst white have good spots. Pulmonaria rubra is very early and has nice red/pink flowers but the leaves are boring in summer. I have them under a deciduous shrub so they are forgotten about when the shrub is in full flower.

There will be lots in the garden centres in spring, you can split them after flowering to make more.

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 20:10

I saw a school of hammerhead sharks off Osprey reef (part of the great barrier reef) at 30m.  I'm glad I was in the water. OH and me were the only ones that saw them, (and the manta at the cleaning station). Everyone else had gone for breakfast.

for a sleeping octopus

for hammerheads and manta


Discussions started by fidgetbones

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

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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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