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Gruesome Discovery

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 20:13


Thanks all. It's just when you think about it crawling in, then struggling there until it died, stuck upside down, suppose I just have to put it out of mind.

I was trying to find one that looked similar, I found this link

, the No17, painted wire feeder. My mother in law gave me it, because no birds came to her garden. I'm thinking now, maybe it was supposed to have a top cap on it. For now I've woven garden wire at the top to stop any other bird getting in.

Thanks all.

Gruesome Discovery

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 18:53

This morning I was fishing blanket weed out of my pond when I turned to look at the peanut feeder. It's one of those cylindrical metal ones with about three sets of perches on. Inside and upside down was a dead starling which had got stuck, I couldn't believe it, the poor thing must've decided to poke it's head down in there and inched its way in and couldn't get out. Very unsettling, I can't stop thinking about it. 

Pleased to have a new garden visitor.

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 18:50

I think it is a greater spotted Alan. Lesley the first day it came I didn't dare move in case I scared it off. The second day I sat there for an hour with my camera waiting 

Pleased to have a new garden visitor.

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 17:32

 back at everyone. Plus an extra  for philippa smith2.

Yes Orchid Lady, there's millions of them in South London, all year round.

2 ID's please

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 17:29

Hmm Dove, now I have to work out what to do about this problem. 

Congratulations Orchid Lady!!! I also dream of one day doing that.

2 ID's please

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 17:23

Thanks Orchid Lady, it certainly does look like Sedum Album when I look it up.

Cheers Philippa, I'll have to try propagating it and putting it elsewhere, it is very pretty.

Cheers all. I was really hoping it wasn't bindweed, I thought bindweed maybe slightly more heartshaped at the stem edge. Well, 

Pleased to have a new garden visitor.

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 17:18

I decided to start putting peanuts out. I already put out sunflower seeds, fatballs, mixed seed and suet blocks. Since putting the peanuts out I've had a new visitor who has been coming into the garden everyday. Not very good pics but thought I'd share anyway.

 Woodpecker, Wood pigeon and parakeet in same picture.

 Up until now I'd only caught fleeting glances of woodpeckers as they blazed through woodland, or heard them pecking. Never thought living on the outskirts of London I'd have one visit my garden. 

2 ID's please

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 17:05

Hello All!

Hope everyone is well. I've got two identifications needed please.

1) First one is a nice little plant that grows in a boot plant pot and has been flowering for a few weeks now. Think it's an alpine.


2) I'm hoping this is not bindweed or japanese knotweed, I worry about any leaf with a flat back edge now. Found this twirling itself around my Hydrangeas.


gardening for a living

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:38

Oh the course was more practical than theory. We are very much in demand as decorators, always got work. I work for two girls (one who is also my OH) who have had their own business for 14 years.

When we moved into our first bought house I loved being in the garden so much, even when doing back breaking digging etc that I thought that would be a good direction to go in. 

Like Kevin I don't enjoy the job I do now (not just because I work for my OH ) and hope that I'd enjoy gardening,

If you were in or near London you would have access to the best decorators around, i.e us 


gardening for a living

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:15

Enjoyed reading this thread as this is of interest to me. 

I also was thinking of changing my career (at the moment I'm a decorator) to gardening.

I recently did a six week course, two days a week, 'An introduction to working as a gardener' at Capel Manor College and was thinking about doing a year course starting in September, but can't decide which one to take.

The course was OK but very very basic. We learnt how to pot on seedlings. Prepare a planted area by single digging. Care for planted areas in Crystal Palace Park. Planting and staking trees. PH testing. We also had to learn tree and shrub ID's and pass an ident test.

I would love to start making a living from it within a couple of years, I don't expect to make a lot of money from it but as long as I can get by. So I'm very interested too in hearing what goes on here on this thread. Good luck Kevin.

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