Latest posts by fidgetbones

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:30

Amazing photo of the woodpecker.

Though seeing how they hammer at the half coconuts filled with suet, I'm not sure I would want that beak so close. I still have the scar from helping a frigate bird with a broken wing.

17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 09:42

Sort of sunny here. What are you doing with a load of muck, Nut?

Are you going to start a veg patch? When someone else has dug over SIL's veg patch in Wales, I am planting it with Sarpo potatoes. It rains a lot there (near Snowden) , so I figure blight resistant varieties is the way to go. She is only going to be there intermittantly this year, until BIL retires next year and they move there permanently.  I'm hoping that next year the ground is clear and she can have other types of veg that need a bit more looking after.

17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 22:54

My snowdrops are out.

  and  few hellebores and not much else. The grass is long. If it stays dry, it may get mown.

Red 'Rooster' Potatoes

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 22:52

If you don't know what your soil or area is like, I recommend the Sarpo range. They are blight resistant. The blue danube is a really good roaster.


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 22:22

My sister came out with an expression last night. A woman in a too small pair of dark legging that were stretched too thin over coloured knickers was described as 3M.

3M means No Mates, No Mother, and No Mirror, otherwise one of them would have told her.....

Farm Shops

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 05:44

B3. I think you are right. ASDA was Associated Dairies, selling a lot of local (or at least British)  produce. When Walmart took over ASDA, the first year they were selling tasteless  Strawberries flown from California, in the middle of the English Strawberry season.  I notice Warren Buffett, has ditched all his Walmart shares and bought Apple. (the computer firm not the fruit)

If I can buy local I do. If I have to buy new Zealand Lamb, I get it from the cheapest supermarket. Some of the best Lamb I have had was from the Chatsworth farm shop.  Guaranteed to have been born and bred on the Chatsworth estate. It was also some of the most expensive, but their little loin rolls are divine and make a good easy carve roast for two.

 Around here you can buy 25kg sacks of dirty potatoes from the farm gate for around a fiver.  I don't get through enough to use a sack in a reasonable time, my mum often splits a sack with my sister, and when we were a family of eight at home,(Grandparent, parents, and four kids, ) it was the only way to buy.

What do I have in my living room? :)

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 05:28

I think it is a Dracaena. Maybe move it out of direct sunlight, and give it more water. The dying leaves will fall off leaving a bare stem.

Dracaena plant care involves keeping the soil of houseplant dracaena moist, but never soggy. Drooping or yellowing leaves indicates over-watering or poor drainage. Learning how to care for a dracaena includes finding well-draining soil in which to grow your houseplant dracaena. Appropriate fertilization is also a part of how to care for a dracaena. Feed every two weeks in spring and summer with a balanced houseplant fertilizer. Reduce fertilization to once a month during fall. When growing a dracaena plant, stop feeding during winter months, as the plant benefits from a period of dormancy. When growing a dracaena plant, locate it in brightly filtered light, such as through a sheer curtain in front of a sunny window. Room temperatures of 60-70 F. (15-21 C.) are best during the day, with night temperatures about 10 degrees cooler. However, the dracaena is forgiving of temperatures, as long as they are not too cold.

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 19:56

I must have missed the cake.

I was in Wales for New Year

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 17:48

Talking about snowdrop walks... does anyone know how Pandas wedding plans are coming along.  I only ask because she was part of the Hodsocks(Odd socks) gang.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 15:20

Yvie, The last hellebore I bought at Ashwoods is now flowering. It is labelled as Primadonna and is similar to yours. I have just had a wander up the garden, and I think the hellebore seed from 2015 summer is just germinating.   They could be interesting.

Hubby bought me a new orchid (dendrobium)  and a card . Snowdrops are doing quite well , a white pulmonaria is out, various hellebores are flowering and the Viburnum is perfuming the garden. If its warm tomorrow I may move a few foxgloves out of the veg patch into flowering position.

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