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Latest posts by fidgetbones

japanese knotweed

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:40

Continual spraying with glyphosate. Burn on site  all that you cut down. You can use a 5ml oral syringe from the chemist (about 80p) to squirt glyphosate into cut stumps.

Do not transport, compost, or put in bins for the council to take away , as this only spreads the problem. Do not let it flower.

canterbury bells & jacobs ladder

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 13:43

Canterbury bells are biennial. Plant them out now to flower in Spring.

Jacobs ladder , I would also plant out now, to get it established before winter.

Shrub for a shady corner

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 13:41

A golden leaved  Philadelphus  coronarius aurea. It has golden leaves  spring to autumn and highly scented  white flowers in Spring. Prune once a year after flowering.

Unusual bird behaviour

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 13:28

I suppose everyone has magpies that dip  stale bread in water to soften it?

Unusual bird behaviour

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 13:27

I have a large squirrel buster feeder, filled with sunflower hearts , on a hanging basket bracket by the back door. Nuthatches land on the bricks and then jump onto the feeder. Bluetits learned how to do it, and now a robin does the same. Finches go straight on to the feeder. Robins are generally thought of as ground feeders, but mine have learnt how to perch on feeders.


Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:15

I saw two badgers yesterday, both dead at the side of the A6.

And a live hedgehog on my lawn last night.  


Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:12

OH jabs rescheduled for week after next

His diving medical is scheduled for this Thursday. Mad panic last night looking for his medical records. I can self certify because I am generally healthy.

Ooh, kef,  I remember white water rafting on the Tully river in Queensland. I fell out on top of a duckbilled platypus. Now there's an odd creature.

I must remember to order some more bird food today. They're eating tons at the moment. Cue sparrowhawk to bring the population down again.

Have a good day everyone.

Viburnum in flower

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 07:03

My viburnum bodnantense dawn is flowering now, along with an oriental poppy and primula  viallii. I think the cold then warm again has convinced some plants that it's spring.


Posted: 02/09/2014 at 06:44

Good morning chicky.

I'm up early because OH has gone to Leeds,with an early start. I can't doze off because I have to get up at 7 to go off into the Derbyshire peaks for work. Off to the cliff face again. Well I can see the quarry face from the back door anyway. We caught up with last week by 5 yesterday, so today should be a doddle. So long as the computers don't go down again,dad does as he's told,and the flickering fluorescent tube gets fixed.

Unhappy with new fence - doesn't match old

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 06:24

Does the guttering of the neighbours garage drain on to your land? Is there a drain there or is it a soakaway? The way the fence has been put in implies the next door neighbours garage is right up to the boundary with the gutter hanging over.

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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