Latest posts by FloBear

nesting blackbird

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 08:23

Tina, if you can find time to just sit and watch for a while (any excuse, I say!) you'll notice the birds carrying things in their beaks and heading in a certain direction or, if you're lucky, to a particular place.
Because the weather has been so awful I had hardly been outside so didn't spot the nest building activity; it was only when I kept seeing a male blackbird constantly picking up food and heading for my camellia bush that I realised there was a nest. They fledged last week and Mrs B. appears to be sitting in the nest again so there may even be a second brood on the way

new gardener

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 17:05

Ziminuk. This link is to the People's Trust for Endangered Species and talk about stag beetle distribution. There are also maps of recent distribution because the PTES have an ongoing survey where you report sightings.
I'm waiting for the larvae I accidentally uncovered last year to pupate then emerge, so I can report them. They were at least 2 ins long and very fat so I'm hoping for this year.

new gardener

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 21:19

Ziminuk, they could be chafer grubs / cockchafer larvae which are very like stag beetle larvae but don't grow so large. You might need to do an internet search to try and compare them though in photos it's very hard to tell the difference.


Posted: 21/04/2013 at 21:11

Kate, I can't help you with your leaves, sorry, but when I pick my rhubarb I do get a small amount of sticky clear drippy stuff.

new gardener

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 18:28

This is a vine weevil larva. About half an inch long and no legs. My first ever question on this forum was the same as yours tinker 2


Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 09:11

Geraniums - though I don't know which ones apart from renardii whose leaves are like geckos' feet. And I think I'll have galanthus as it's a long time until s for snowdrop. They're a beautiful relief after a long winter

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 17:12

Gorgeous, Liz!

I was happy to be back in my own garden today. Not that I've been travelling, just that today is the first day it's felt like a proper spring in the garden day. I had a lovely time weeding the rhubarb patch  as well as a selection of other jobs.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 09:49

Sun is shining here and I have surprises popping up all over the place. Mostly primroses and pulmonarias - and a bee and a brimstone butterfly   My baby blackbirds have flown the nest, haven't seen them anywhere but I have loads of cover and I keep thinking I can hear them.

Hollie hock - hope you have your promised sun - and everyone else too, of course.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:57

Ooh, Bev, I've got F to look forward to, I have a backlog of A to Z progs

Fairygirl wrote (see)
actually I tried that but the children kept finding me...




and frogs for me too please.

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