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wild flowers

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 17:40
pansyface wrote (see)

Noo snoo today but plenty rain.


wild flowers

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 17:29
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Richard Mabey in Flora Britannica under Anthriscus sylvestris lists

Queen Anne's Lace, Fairy lace, Spanish lace. Kex, kecksie, Queque, Mother die, Step mother, Grandpas's pepper, Hedge parsley, Badman's oatmeal, Blackman's tobacco and rabbit meat  Not a bad collection.

Daucus carota just gets wild carrot and bird's nest.

I don't think you can have a right and wrong in common names. If it's what people call them it's the common name.

Yes, if that's what people use then that's the name. However, if a 20% of people mean carrot, 20% of people mean cow parsley, 20% mean Bishop's Weed, 20% mean Hemlock and the other 20% mean any umbell then telling some Queen Anne's lace can be good to eat could get you into trouble. Common names are therefore pretty meaningless. But you can call it whatever you like. 


pansyface wrote (see)

In Yorkshire, yer kecks are yer trousers. And yer bannickers are yer overalls.

In Lancashire too. And Pants are Trousers and Troose are 'ladies Trousers'  And you don't get snowed under with work you get snood under in my family. 

wild flowers

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:47

Hi nut, I really do have to disagree. I agree if you want you can say, "I call my cat a 'fish', and I call my dog a 'hippo'." That's fine, it really is, but it doesn't help communication. We have a few wonderful resources called the internet, Google, Google image, the library, books. All we have to do is use them. Now when I was a student a friend brought in a plant that none of us knew. "What is it?" we all asked. "The Indian Doctor Plant". So that's what we all called it, for a year. Then one person asked why is it called 'The Indian Doctor Plant'? Because the Indian Doctor gave us a cutting. We have brains if we only use them. We can learn and communicate better if only we want to. 

wild flowers

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:06

 Queen Anne's Lace is wild carrot, sorry guys.

how can I stop my apple stalks dropping off?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:04

I the washing up liquid spray was week it will be fine. I get ants on a couple of mine that stop beneficial insects doing the work for me so I have to spray those or they get distorted.

Apple tree companions

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 11:13

If your Braeburn is in leaf with no flower or sign of buds, then it isn't going to flower this year. You need patience with fruit trees I'm afraid, It's taken three years for some of mine to flower and others flowered in the next year after planting. Different trees, different location, different conditions, different rootstocks, all play a part. It will catch up.

ID plants please

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 11:08

1. Vinca major variegata

2 . Spiraea sp.

3. Pittosporum sp.

4. Kerria japonica flore pleno (never understood why that appears to be a mixed gender name)


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 19:43
No expert wrote (see)

Nothing for it but pellets spread around and about your crowns,  

 I have to disagree there nothing is worth poisoning wildlife. Nothing. I don't want to spend my days killing everything that moves in my garden. I respect myself and the wildlife far too much for that. No wonder our birds and hedgehogs are one their way to extinction. For what? A bit of home grow produce! My dad NEVER but slug pellets on his garden and the rhubarb always seemed to be fine. I have never noticed any serious damage of the leaves that you don't eat anyway. The only thing I would say is if you're forcing pick off any slugs because they might cause a leaf to rot but I'd rather lose a leaf than kill a bird because it ate a poisoned slug. By the way, I wouldn't dream of even killing a slug I'd picked off. That isn't my call. 

I'm also reminded of one day sitting down to dinner at my MIL's house, their neighbour had given them some salad, she gave it a quick wash and put it on our plates. Eye soon spied some blue pellets that shouldn't be there. The whole meal went in the bin along with all the salad and any future salad they ever gave us. No thanks!!!! Who knows what else they sprayed or put on?

Forest Pansy Tree - cercis canadensis

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 11:09

I used to have one of these but it was so tender that I just composted it. It would only grow and look nice if I kept it in the conservatory. Any wind, any cold and it would look a complete mess.

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 16:11
Lindsay4 wrote (see)

Fantastic pond photos everyone. Mine is possibly the tiniest one shared here, as I created it a few weeks ago using a washing up bowl! It's given a great feature to the garden despite its tiny size and the Hoverflies and Wolf spiders have been very attracted to it.

Here's how it started...


 And this is how it looked after planting and adding more stones etc....


 I've since added more plants and larger rocks into the surrounding area, so it looks much more natural and sits well within the rest of the garden.

A very handsome pond and one I'm sure the wildlife will love. I'm sure you'll find frogs hibernating under those stones in the winter. I had 5 under one like those one year. I was horrified I'd lifted off the rock and quickly and carefully put it back. My pond was no more than a square meter.

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