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Who still has bees?

Posted: 25/09/2015 at 22:34

Hi  jo47

Saw was the operative word, it was only there for a few seconds then shot over the fence into next doors garden, spoil sport!



Posted: 25/09/2015 at 22:27

I have had a few self seeders in the past couple of years, no success with what I think was saved seed from my plants!

None survived for very long and they were terrible colours, nothing like their parents, very washed out coloured leaves!



Who still has bees?

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 22:07

When closing up the greenhouse tonight, i spotted a humming bird moth flittering among the flowers of Salvia Hot lips!

There was also one a few weeks ago on penstemons!



Who still has bees?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 21:18


Lots of honey and different sorts of bumble bees both in the garden and allotment though few butterflies except the white sort, worse luck!

There are two bee keepers on the allotment, both have had a marvellous season with lots of bees and also honey, they have said!

Using 12mm & 13m hosepipes with 1/4 inch fittings

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 20:00




Soften the hose in boiling water it will then stretch over a male fitting and also make a very good tight fit!

Salvia cuttings

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 13:40


You have not mentioned what varieties you have taken cuttings off!

I have found "Hot lips" needed no protection  and can be left in the soil overwinter as the last few ones here have been relatively mild!

Others I would not be sure about and keep them in the GH!



Dogs and Manure

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 14:39



Have just mentioned it to my granddad, he said that when he was a nipper,there was lots of neighbours dogs that followed the youngsters, without leads as now!

When a horse done it's doings on the road most of the dogs would eat some for whatever reason!

None ever seemed to come to any harm, and as horses were veggies there should be nothing nasty in their droppings!

Watching TV nature programmes there is lots of references to animals like elephants to birds eating clay's or soils to give minerals or other necessities, they seem to know what is good for them!

Ps and most people tried to get the manure for their gardens as well!




I'm with Morrisons

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:53


Well! I consider mine an interesting post!   .

As for the blighters importing milk,it's just as well they don't have to pay the carriage that plant sellers want for posting out half a dozen bare root Hosta's!

One lot a couple of years ago wanted £9.99 for Heuchera plants costing under £100, over that carriage cost much more!

Needless to say I give them a by, but at the moment I cannot recall their name!


I'm with Morrisons

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 22:00

I'm with the "Dairy" farmers on this one!

And most of you are gardeners I think, so you should know what you sow you don't always reap, so a bit of sympathy for people who try to make their living from the land!

But the solution could be in their own hands, pick on one supermarket at a time and refuse to sell them any British milk for a period, then move onto another SCROOGE and give them the treatment!

No doubt they would try to replace local with imports, but me for one would try to only buy local milk!

But it will never happen!




Orange alstromeria

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 22:17


The old orange one used to be called Peruvian lily, my granddad used to grow it in his garden where it spread all over the place!

As Verdun says the so called cultivated one are temperamental about flowering,stop start should be in all their names!

The ones I have are grown in either pots or tubs depending on their size!

When Rock and Roll came out almost five years ago (that's when I heard of it anyway) I paid thirty six quid for three plugs, lovely flowers but they neither grow any larger or think about flowering now!

The best one with me is Indian Summer, lovely dark foliage with good coloured flowers, when it starts flowering in late spring it goes on until the frosts and multiplies quickly to fill up any pot or tub it is in!



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