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Bee Pitstop

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 08:49

You could make a flowering meadow, but it will be too late for those bees that wanted the lime flowers. They will probably disperse and find an alternate source of nectar.

Try "pictorial meadows" for wild flower seed for differing situations.

Best bee plants today

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 08:45

I have bumblebees on the pulmonarias


Posted: 25/03/2015 at 07:40

Lots of hugs for Dove. I'm glad he was peaceful at the end. I don't envy you the task of telling your mum. With my MIL, we didn't tell her things at all like that during the last three years, she just didn't understand. When her sister in law died, and the family house was sold, and her husbands share finally came to the family, she wouldnt have understood, so we didnt tell her. Her world had contracted to her house, her children, two of which she didnt recognise, and a dedicated team of carers.

Alzheimer's is such a cruel disease.

How to use a cold frame

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 07:29

Depends on the seedlings. If frost tender annuals, then during April I would put them in the cold frame. Take the covers off during the day, or open lid to its widest. At night close them up. If a frost is forecast lay a sheet of newspaper or fleece over the plants to give added protection. Hardier perennial plants could go out earlier, give as much ventilation during day as possible, close up at night.

Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 06:22

I use the florists  buckets and then drill holes in the bottom for tomatoes. Morrisons sell them off cheap. If there are none out ask them to save them for you.


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 21:00

Kew on a plate. BBC 2 now.

unidentified bug

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 20:23

My beech hedge gets these most years. The blue tits clear them up. Encourage them in the garden with fat balls.

Mulching Raspberries

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 20:10

My mum always used the grass cuttings as mulch around raspberries. She picked mixing bowls full.

color changing flowers

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 20:02

I think my wishlist with $10,000 dollars or £7.000 in english, would be  lots of hellebores from Ashwood, daffs from Ron Scamps, Roscoeas from the national collection, rare specimens from Crug farm,  Citrus trees to go in the conservatory in winter, Roses from Davis Austin, a trip around Burncoose nurseries,  a firepit and some nice garden furniture to sit with friends and give the garden a good looking at. And some nice red wine, which always results in a colour change... it makes me flush red. Which is why I try and stick to  sauvignon blanc.


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 19:52

Welcome Alex. I hope you can join the Nottingham /Yorkshire contingent on some of our trips in the coming months,  I am originally from Mansfield, but now in Sandiacre.

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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