Latest posts by fidgetbones

Moving Buddhlia

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 20:52

I would take any suitable cuttings. Its the wrong time of year, but I've done a few today of a Bx weyerana.  When they have roots, decide whether you want to move it or plant a new one. A younger plant will do best.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 20:45

I could watch blue planet on a loop.  I love the colour changes on octopi and cuttle fish.  I think flamboyant cuttle fish are the best for colour changes.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 19:14

Wasn't Howards End done as a TV series 30 years ago?

I've chopped a couple of buddlejas down and shredded them. I've had three men knock on the door in the past two weeks offering to tidy the garden. I happen to like it like that. Its a nature reserve.  OH has mowed the lawns ( on the back) Together we filled two  builders bags. A long bath to soothe my aching back, and I've put dinner on.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 11:06

Our alarm usually goes off at this time of year. The spiders just play havoc. Before we went away I dusted and we squirted with fly killer as we went out, but they still went off.  Having had years of being on call for burglar alarms, I don't miss it one bit.  Even when I wasn't first call. I was usually the one the manager called. 

Water is coming out of the front of the shop what do I do..   ? Turn off the water . I'll get my wellies and a camera (for the insurance people). Nottingham to Coventry, 40 minutes at 4 am.

The back door is off its hinges, they've used a wheely bin as a battering ram.  First we had to fix the door frame  back to the wall and then get it boarded.

There is no glass in the entire shop front and a hole in the ceiling, the flat had its door forced and the carpet and floorboards taken up. The sole policeman in the middle of Lincolnshire on duty that night,  and his panda car got beaten up. The culprits  got away scot free. One of the locals dogs got the seat of one of the burglars  pants.  They left behind a bag with his name and address and a bail notice from Penzance magistrates court. The police still never caught them. We had the TV crews out for that one.

We did turn off all the light when we left didn't we? Only the police called me out for the alarm, the doors are still locked, but the lights are on and there is a hole in the false roof. (There were also a lot of actual roof tiles missing)

The other seven plate glass windows put in and a back door forced became quite boring.

The sad thing is, what got stolen was a pittance compared to the aggro and cost of putting the damage right.

Self seeding land grab

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 10:36

Forget me nots self seed all over my garden. I tend to leave them and then pull them out when they are finished/mildewed/I am fed up with them. Ox eye daisies are a thug on my clay bit. They grow six feet tall, splay, cover other stuff, and I have to cut them down severely. Wild flowers tend to like poor soil. Skim off turf or topsoil if ypu can before planting.  My wild flower meadow does need attention fairly regularly. I grow back up stuff in plugs and drop in to gaps.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 10:32

I love kingfishers . The bottom one reminds me of the kookaburras in Kings Park in Perth WA.

Where are the stoats, Shep? I can see they are on a seashore somewhere.

Newly planted small orchard

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 21:38

You put the moth traps out when the flowers start to open. Instructions are on the pack .the pheromone comes on a rubber plug in a sealed sachet, and you put that in the middle of a sticky sheet of cardboard. The tent things are reusable, you get refills for the following year.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 21:25

They are the largest glasshouse in the world, apparently. It took us about two hours for the cloud dome and three for the temperate dome. They are a lot bigger than the Eden project domes. There are a lot of  wooden sculptures in there, mainly carved by Chinese. I'll save them for another day. I did notice that rhododendrons and orchids have been subject to a lot of hybridization. They had bottles of micropropagated orchids for sale in the shop that would pass customs (in sterile jelly), but I don't really want 100 the same to flower in five years. I want them now.

The swimming pool is on floor 57

We were on floor 52, but on the other side, facing the old part of Singapore. The glass leans out, so we could see the road below.  The garden side has balconies with bougainvillea growing all over it.

My adventures in my garden 2017 part 2.

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:34

It amazes me how much you get done. Look after yourself in this cold weather that is coming.

Newly planted small orchard

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:31

Pears do well if you can espalier or fan train them to canes. I would use a soft twine such as nutscene, using plastic runs the risk of it being forgotten and then digging into the branches as they grow.

I have quite a few fruit trees. I don't spray them. I use codling moth traps for the apples and plum moth pheromone traps for the plum moths. That seems to sort it. The plum moths are an ongoing problem, but I seem to have no codling moth any more, and have stopped using the codling moth traps. Encouraging blue tits in the garden by hanging fat balls in the branches of your trees , is a great natural control. They pick off insects while they are queuing for the fat balls.  If you get a really bad infestation, then spray if you want, but it is just a waste of money spraying if it is not necessary.

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