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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Talkback: Wet weather and wildlife

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 08:52

Interesting to consider whether this Sparrowhawk might have been a Hobby.


Deer damage

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 08:49

A lot depends how much damage the deer have done to the bark.

Replanting between leylandii stumps

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 08:48


If the trees are as small as you say, all you need is a willing person with a bit of muscle and they could dig them all out in a morning and leave you with clear ground. Then you need a midi-skip for the day, and if there's any space left in it you can throw in any other stuff you don't need.


Another plant ID

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 15:53

Is it Valerian?

Flying Ants

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 20:43


There aren't all that many dragonflies in this country, so it should be easy to get close. Most have more or less transparent wings. Whereabouts are you in the country? Was the abdomen of the dragonfly long, straight, round and fairly narrow, or was it more flattened (pea-pod shaped) and wider nearer the wings and tapering towards the back end?


alder leaf disease

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 20:22

I don't think any treatment is either necessary or possible. Normally healthy trees don't have a problem with galls. I'll rephrase that - they won't suffer ill effects!

plant i.d.

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 08:05

Carried unanimously!


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 17:39


Dunnocks have pretty complicated breeding habits - males can have two or three females, and females commonly have two males. Male and female territories are separate, but male territories are not exclusive to one bird, and you may have dominant and subsidiary birds, both of whom mate with the female, but only the dominant male will feed the young unless mating has occurred with the subsidiary male.

Not in the least brown and boring!

Talkback: Cleavers

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:46


I'm sure the Sweethearts name is more widespread than that - I know it from Gloucestershire - but the indispensible The Englishman's Flora by Geoffrey Grigson only lists it as from Somerset, but then language research moves on, and the book is 45 years old.

He quotes the Flora Vectensis (1856) as saying that it was commonly chopped up and fed to young goslings in the Isle of Wight. It is recorded in an old herbal as a cure for skin diseases, scurvy and piles, although what the exact treatment might have been in the latter case I don't know.


rejuvenating shrubs

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 10:13

I've seen Photinia growing between the central reserve safety barriers on autoroutes in France. They are cut mechanically to a height of about 1.5m. Photinias are very forgiving.

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Useful tool

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Silver birch

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