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Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:43

Two great things happened today when I was putting the washing out I saw this huge dragonfly. I think it might have been an Emperor, it was really big and so colourful. It hovered about a bit around me, just checking me out and then flew off. Not ever seen one before, they are really big and so beautiful.

I saw it again, I think enlocked in an embrace with another, I take it they mate in the air?

I also had a tiny frog/toad land on my flipflop feet...........happy days


Nothing to do,with gardening

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 20:31

Runnybeak, have you seen Meerkat Manor? Great programme, a sort of soap opera about Meerkats

It was done a while ago now. I think it was made in conjuction with a Uni as part of a research programme. Most of them had collars and  so you could follow all the social interaction/dynamics  that went on and it was very complex. The commentary was very witty and you could definatley identify different characters in the group. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a look.

Ps- I had to stop myself giving any spoilers away



Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 23:22

That's great Lindsay


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 22:48

Saw my first Jay maybe a couple of years ago, beautiful birds.

Lupins help with cutting back...

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 22:45

If you cut the first flower stems off when they are done, your likely to get a second and maybe third flush depending on your plant. They do get eaten a lot, but they are tough plants once they get established and should come back for many years.

They do tend to get eaten by lots of things. If you protect the new shoots next year when they are just poking thorough, that will give them the protection they need to get going.

The dried stalks of the plants I think would make great homes for hibernating insects so I tend to them until Spring before I cut them down.

Basal cuttings are really easy to do, you keep your favourite plant and it's a lot quicker than growing from seed


Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:50

Have you thought about Sweet rocket? I know them in white and purple, I've always thought that they would  look and smell amazing  in a wedding.  Touch and go whether if you get them to flower for next year now though

Have I overdone it?

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:34

That's ok, I've used the ignore button when ever I've felt the need to. I'm happy to read any posts and respond how I speech and all that

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:05

They are none the worse for wear Lesley,it just made me feel like an irresponsible chicken owner I've been called worse. Will take some pics

Music in the Garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 20:51

A bit of Bob Marley is good for the soul, just like my other favourite Bob..........Dylan

Great poets,both of them. Loving the Kate Bush revival that's going on at the moment, such a part of my life.

He's been with me for the last couple of months, but still loving Morrisey/The Smiths. Might be that I didn't really get into him when I was young. Dour depressing and very funny all at the same time

Hi Lily, been trying to have a chat as well, will keep trying

Have I overdone it?

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 20:15

Then just don't read or reply to it David K, it's as simple as that.

I do find your tone almost bordering on the aggressive and bullying. People are free to post what they like, whether people respond it is up to them and them only.

I'm not part on the "we", I'm me

Discussions started by hollie hock

Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2015 at 11:45

What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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Last Post: 06/09/2015 at 22:28


Any one grown it? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 23:44

So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Last Post: 03/08/2015 at 20:06

Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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Last Post: 12/07/2015 at 19:28

What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 21:48

Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Last Post: 22/05/2015 at 23:16

Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Last Post: 19/06/2015 at 23:31

Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 22:43

Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 19:52

Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:26

Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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Last Post: 17/08/2014 at 20:27


How long to leave bag over them? 
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Last Post: 11/08/2014 at 20:19

Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Last Post: 14/06/2014 at 09:58

Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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