- Gardening is in my blood, my father and forefathers were farmers and growers on a commercial level and I have the growing bug too. I love nature too, wildlife & birds and would like to see weed killers banned.
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Today at 11:39
Ours are also in bud Lynne, but we probably live further south than you. However with the lack of sunshine over the past two months perhaps we are not far behind you. I remember the Honesty flowered way before most of my other sun loving plants. Then they have these wonderful seed pods which if left on the plant, dry out and pop with their seeds falling to the earth ready to do it all again next year.
Today at 11:34
Interesting to see on your recommended site that the first sighting of this plant was actually in Guernsey, just a few miles from our home - thanks for the link Papi Jo. I posted this to our local botanical site and some are telling me to dig it up as it can be very invasive. At the moment I am enjoying the flowers, but will keep an eye on it for next year. The whole clump is less than 3" across.
Yesterday at 23:29
Nature sorts out a lot of gardeners problems Berkley without the use of any artificial aides - we just have to let it work effectively in it's own time. I find that a heavy downpour of rain, or a windy day will get rid of most of the aphids, or I squish them or try to encourage the birds to pick them off.
Yesterday at 23:25
Yes that's right Chicky, but they skipped a generation when the house was rented out - Dad was born here then they moved - so he was pleased when we moved in to continue the family link.
The Camellias were planted at the same time as the house was built in 1882, there are 4, one in each corner, each one is a different coloured flower.
Yesterday at 23:20
The first one is a plum - but I can't remember which type of plum. The second and third pictures are.......? I can't remember that either - oh dear!. I will try to get the answers at the weekend. I do know that this one is an almond blossom
Gorgeous picture of your blossom Marlorena
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Yesterday at 23:15
I contacted the Gsy Botanical society - they have named it as an Oxalis Bermuda Buttercup. That is a new name for me - but perhaps another name for it is Stricta - or Acetosella
Yesterday at 20:14
I'll do my best - the plant isn't very large, and could disappear in one fell swoop if OH attacks it - he doesn't like "weeds" as we both do. But the little yellow flowers are so pretty, and brighten up that part of the lawn.
Yesterday at 20:09
You can see the distinctive leaves too nut, like a clover leaf but much bigger. Would you like some seeds if I can collect them when the flowers die down?
Yesterday at 20:07
I would go for anemone too, but not sure which one - we have de Caen but they are slightly different looking to yours Majiks
Yesterday at 20:00
There is just a little clump of these flowers growing under one of the water tap, what is it?
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Yesterday at 19:58
I took some blossom pictures today, can you guess which tree each is from?
Yesterday at 19:53
Lovely pictures Busy, I love the little faces of the pansies, and red polyanthus - gorgeous. So cheery.
Yesterday at 19:49
On a shopping/ordering spree this week. So far Saxifrage - 4 large for £10, 6 small for £7 all from B&Q
Yesterday at 19:45
Such a lovely day here after a stormy, windy night, so had time to weed, prune and sow seeds. Also planted up my new purchases, Saxifrage 4 for £10, and 6 smaller ones for £7. All healthy looking plants with plenty of buds.
Yesterday at 11:48
I hadn't noticed, but viewed up close I can see what you mean Sheps. Are the trays actually attached to the feeders? I can't say I have noticed any in the shops, I must look more closely, or find a way to attach trays to our feeders here. Plenty for me to investigate.
2 days ago at 22:48
That sounds like the ideal bird feeder Steve - do you have a picture? I don't actually know any blacksmiths, but I am sure there must be at least one over here - there are certainly plenty of horses in the fields.
The seed catching tray seems to be a brilliant idea madpenguin & Redwing. There are ways and means of solving most problems. Thanks for sharing this idea. Do either of you have a photo?
2 days ago at 20:26
I totally agree with you Marlorena. I have to squish a few green fly, pick off a few leaves affected by black spot too, but still the roses bloom and come back as big and strong the following year. I also spread well rotted manure on the base once or twice a year. I never spray with any chemicals, as I know that the ladybirds and other insects and the birds will munch the rose aphids at various times of the year.
2 days ago at 20:18
I am wondering now just what to do for the best. You have all given me such a lot of helpful advice and ideas, which I will bare in mind when we finally decide just what to do. I think we may use some of your wood/stake/hanger ideas Shep. It should fit in with our wild(ish) garden outlook very well.
The trellis fence and the feeders have a privet hedge along side them, which is ideal for the sparrows and other birds to hang around in, so they pop to the feeder, eat their fill, flit across to the hedge and rest up, then return for another feed and so it goes on all day, which is very entertaining for us to watch.
One problem with this is that the cat jumps on top of the hedge (he is a very agile cat although has now broken both hip bones from his acrobatic life). He then walks over the top of the trellis either eating food as he goes or at the least scaring the birds away for an hour or two.
2 days ago at 15:56
We saw Tom Chambers last week, but at that time we weren't so sure that the metal feeders was the way to go.
If we have something made in wood, we would have to either coat the wood or wrap some sort of metal around the base to prevent it from rotting in the soil. The lengths we go to, to feed the birds! My mum just used to throw all the scraps on the lawn and let the birds get on with it, and then wonder why she had a regular rat visitor.
2 days ago at 15:53
We are going to the shop later, so will take a look at what is on offer. I have always thought that Guardman is a good make to look out for - and thanks for the tip re: vaseline Hortum.