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Talkback: Southern oak bush-cricket

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
Saw Rosemary Leaf Beetles for the first time this year in my garden in Tonbridge. They were so beautifully irridescent I had to go and look up what they were.

Talkback: Growing alliums: best varieties

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
What does discombobulated mean?

Talkback: Autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
When is the best time to dig up the raspberry runners for transplant to another area ? Can it be done now, and do the new canes have to be a certain size before transplanting ?

Talkback: Compost heaps and wildlife

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
I have had grass snakes breeding in my compost bins for the past seven years. I make sure they are filled by the spring then cover them with sheets of corrugated iron. I resist the urge to peak too often. Last time I looked I found piles of empty nut shells so there must be mice either living in there or using the corrugated iron as a save place to dine, I hope mice don’t eat grass snake eggs.

Talkback: Gardening holidays

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
I visited Beth Chatto's garden several years ago, and found it really inspiring. Anyone living in a dry area, or with very dry soil, will certainly find plants here that will flourish.

Talkback: Mouse in the compost bin

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
Lovely story of mouse. For a few years at my last house I had mice in the compost bin. I would remove the lid and the mice - two of them - would be feasting on the latest additions ! They would blink up at me for a couple of seconds before darting away down the corner of the bin. I also had slow worms who loved the heat of the sunny hillside bin. They are so strong - sometimes I would inadvertantly grasp hold of one and it was quite a tussle to hold it long enough to look at ! The people who bought my house moved the bins to another place and carefully moved te slow worms with it.

Talkback: Grasshoppers, butterflies and wolf spiders

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
In my front room, as night approaches, some of the spiders scurrying around would be strong competition in the size competition! xx

Talkback: Garden birds and poppies

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
Nannyang, I should keep your perennials in pots till the spring. Perennials need good root systems so are small for much longer than annuals or biennials as they use their energy to grow this, rather than top growth, so keeping them cossetted a bit longer helps them establish this Don't forget to water them when needed and an occasional weak feed perhaps once a month would help build healthy plants. It is great to grow your own from seed.

Talkback: Plants that evoke memories

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
What a lovely blog post! Marion is right, Kate, you are lucky to have such an acute sense of smell linked to memory. It seems the stuff of poetry to me: have you ever tried writing about it in that form? Marion, I love the idea of choosing your plants according to their link to poets and painters. What rich associations! My associations are all visual ones. Sweet William reminds me of my grandmother because they were her favourite flowers. Ditto magnolia for my Mum. Daffodils always remind me of my first ever trip 'oop North' for an interview at York University, because they were all out around the city walls. (I got in, by the way, and never returned South). These are visual memories for me, though, not scent memories.

Talkback: Leaf scorch

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:44
It's just my hanging basket plants that have scorched. I thought it was because they are on a south-facing wall but it could be the rain I guess. Anyway, the baskets now look really tatty, so annoying!

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