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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:18

 Where did all the birdies go?

 New apple trees have loads of blossom.


Posted: 14/05/2015 at 13:02

Dull cloudy and cold here.

All my sweet corn, runner and french beans are up in the conservatory.

Courgettes are coming up in the greenhouse. I've potted on some salvia cuttings from last year. Good job I took them. All the originals which were supposed to be hardy have died, except for Hot lips, which is alive but struggling.  The good bit is that I  now have 4 Amistad to go in, a spare hot lips and some African skies.

I've posted out the wedding invitations. Whats the betting I still have to ring around at the end of August because my lot havn't replied.

I polished up the first two copper jugs for the flowers. One leaks but I'll put a freezer bag inside before I put the water in.

red beatle

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 12:50

Provado ultimate bug killer. One application now will last for six weeks, and have worn off by the time they flower. That gets the beetles and the revolting larvae.

How to deal with pests

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 14:57

Mostly I rely on the insect eating birds to clear them, or other insects.

Apart from Lily beetle. They get provado ultimate bug killer.


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 10:11

I'm still getting regular visits from a pair of Mallards. He usually watches while she stuffs her face. This morning at 4.45, OH said the male was asleep in the middle of the pond,but he couldn't see her, but then her disguise is better in half light.  No sign of any eggs or ducklings. If she's laid them by the canal. they must have other egg or duckling sitters.  When I got up, he had gone.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 19:19

Gardengirl, thats brilliant.

I only planted mine out last week. They are currently about 8 inches tall.

I intend dropping a few seeds in at the base of the sticks. If the voles don't eat them, I'm hoping for late flowers.

I have six copper jugs on the  way from ebay, for putting the flowers in for the wedding. I bought brass polish tonight. A fair bit of elbow grease needed I think.

Plant ID Please Unknown Aquilegia.

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 12:48

I find it that aquilegias grown from seed and planted in the ground in Autumn will flower the following year.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 12:44

I used to work as an area manager for a large chain of pharmacies. That behaviour is not tolerated. Complain to your area manager as a start. If it carries on , document it and ask to institute greivance procedure. If that doesn't get you anywhere, tell them you are consulting a solicitor about sexual harrassment. I guarantee it will stop.

A long time ago in Sheffield, one of the supervisors was telling me how glad they were to have a female area manager. A previous male area manager had goosed her as she was bent over filling shelves. She decked him. She thought that put her job at risk. I took the view it was self defence, and it was his job at risk.

Any male that cant keep his hands to himself deserves to lose his job.

Plant ID Please Unknown Aquilegia.

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 22:27

If its seed grown, it can be totally different from any other aquilegia. Aquilegias are very promiscuous.

You can call it what you like. 

Novice Gardener - Weed Identification Please

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 20:34

Dig out as much root as you can to weaken it. Treat any regrowth with glyphosate.

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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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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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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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