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Posted: 21/07/2014 at 13:39

Hey, this training works. The aussie lodger has given me notice he will be arriving at luton airport on Thursday.  I have given him train directions to the local station where I will pick him up. I think after, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and Prague, he's running out of money again.....Advert... Bronzed Australian hunk available for work. Can do lawns(with or without T shirt)...will be working for food and lodging....

As his mother says, you only hear from them when they've run out of cash.

I've taken a dislike to Phlomis fruticosa, so I've hacked it down. It leaves a big space for something else.Just the shredding , weeding, and soil prep to do.

I've also put the first spring bulb order in.

Now how many of those exquisite orchid flowered daffs can I afford from Ron Scamps site...?

Hawthorn Hedge

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:48

We  prune it now ,otherwise it gets really shaggy. A tight clipped hedge is good shelter for little birds. The Sparrowhawk can't get in.


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:47

You know it makes sense.  Ice in a G&T or Pimms helps too. Muscle relaxant. Ask punkdoc.  Where is punkdoc?

Office Plant Identification

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:15

A spoonful of phostrogen in its water would help. or even tomato food... or miracle grow. I know office plants get neglected but it could look so much better with a bit of TLC.  Or better still, chuck it and get a new one for a couple of quid.

Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:11

"Mystery shopper visits"

 What the paying  punter sees, on an incognito visit, as opposed to what the photojurnalist is shown on a pre arranged visit.  It could catch on....

We have a team, ready and able, Daniel......

The glory of Daffodils

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 10:56

I know its high summer, but it's time to get the choice of the best daffodils for next year.  I'm looking for new bulbs for the pots, and I have a hankering for some orchid flowered daffs in clumps of their own.

for cheap and cheerful,and some good bonus offers, i have always found Parkers good for bulbs.

If you want large quantities, gee tee bulbs in Spalding, Lincs have good prices but a smaller selection.

Then for the exquisite, raised in Cornwall varieties, you need to look at Fentongollan Farm, and Ron Scamps sites.

Orchid lady, see the page above for orchid flowered or split corona daffs.

and for Verdun, there is Verdin. a cornish bred, multiheaded, sweetly scented, good for bees, yellow petal white cup.




My tropical garden

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 09:23

I envy your proximity to rain forest and the great barrier reed, rosieprimrose. Just a bus or a boat ride away... 

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 09:00

I've gone a long way off original post here. I see the question was about hibernating animals. I take the view they should be left alone. I get really grumpy being woken in the middle of the night. Waking a hibernating animal, even by accident could kill it.

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 08:57

Dove, that sitting quietly and watching is so important.

As a kid, I would take the dog a walk, and sit quietly in a patch of the old sand quarry near the house, on the edge of a farm field, and just watch the comings and goings.

Now I can settle and watch a small area of a coral reef and watch behaviour underwater. I see more activity in a square yard, than some divers who will cover a mile of reef in an hour. The trick is to sit still like a rock. This technique works just as well  in a garden setting.

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 08:50

A nesting box with a camera in is good. Also you can get cameras that take infra red pictures or video in the dark, when triggered by a motion sensor.

Ponds are brilliant for attracting amphibians, and insects and even birds that like to bathe in the shallow end.

At the really simple end of the spectrum, put in a buddleja to attract feeding butterflies and buy a good bug identification book.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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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.

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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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bluebells at Felley priory.

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The glory of Daffodils

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