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Frog

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:58

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/89911.jpg?width=376&height=350&mode=max

 Thanks you two. Just this one then that's me done posting random pics. No wonder it takes me ages to deadhead!

Frog

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 19:59

Thanks for the advice and the accompanying pic. Not sure about the pond 'freezing in summer' though! We have most of the plants you mention and plenty of Myositis and Beccabunga (if that's spelt correctly). They've spread all over the shallows.  Don't see many backswimmers now though as there isn't much plant free surface. I have no idea where the first frogs came from. We saw three at the same time in the first year and I saw three today. So let's hope they've been here for two years and are planning on staying. Just hope the hedgehogs have enough mealworms and Spike biscuits and don't fancy frog for supper! 

Frog

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 22:52

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/88387.jpg?width=369&height=350&mode=max

My Samsung 5 takes great pictures. Cameras are too complicated for me these days!

Frog

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 21:19
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I was clearing some weed out of the pond yesterday and noticed this little chap/lady. How much of the pond volume should be free of oxygenating weed? The hornwort didn't really grow for two years so I kept adding more. Now I'm not sure if there's too much! Can you have too much surface cover with frogbit and lily leaves? I hate pulling stuff out.

Another Bee Box Q

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:43

I've bought boxes before with the tubes already in and had great success. All the tubes filled and the majority hatched. However, when I read about solitary bee houses it seems that if you leave them out year after year that parasites and disease can become a problem as time goes on. So this year I bought bee tubes and as advised by Google I lined them with brown paper. I can then remove the paper tubes and put them somewhere cold in a box over winter. When the weather warms up I'll place the paper tubes somewhere sunny and dry and the bees will hopefully hatch directly from the paper tubes. This then ensures that If there are any parasites they will be in the paper tubes and the wooden/bamboo will be clean and ready for next year. They are quite expensive to throw away.

Another Bee Box Q

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:43

I think it was a site called Crown Bees that had a lot of info. But there's plenty out there about bee tubes.

Another Bee Box Q

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:40

I've bought boxes before with the tubes already in and had great success. All the tubes filled and the majority hatched. However, when I read about solitary bee houses it seems that if you leave them out year after year that parasites and disease can become a problem as time goes on. So this year I bought bee tubes and as advised by Google I lined them with brown paper. I can then remove the paper tubes and put them somewhere cold in a box over winter. When the weather warms up I'll place the paper tubes somewhere sunny and dry and the bees will hopefully hatch directly from the paper tubes. This then ensures that If there are any parasites they will be in the paper tubes and the wooden/bamboo will be clean and ready for next year. They are quite expensive to throw away.

So pleased

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 22:03

We haven't had any for years. Now we see between one and five a night. They're loving Spike, raisins sunflower hearts and mealworms (which I find are a lot cheaper in Home Bargains). They do spend a lot of time at the water dish. We have a length of clay pipe into which I put some Spike. Hogs can get in and out easily but the food is well out of reach of any cats.

Not blanketweed, but what?

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 19:59

Very interesting. Thankyou. At least I'm not going to be overrun with snails. I  quite like the blobs now .

Not blanketweed, but what?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 21:37

Having a bit of trouble posting the pics. The first one is one of the jellylike lumps on the dog's tablet lid and the second is a few of the blobs in a mug.

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Frog

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Not blanketweed, but what?

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What dragonfly larva is this?

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Fungi id please

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Swallows departing?

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What is this?

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Froglets

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Beetle ID please

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Plant ID

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