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Kate Bradbury

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How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 17:27

I was given a peace lily for my 21st birthday. It has spent the last five years being quite unhappy in my living room, barely staying alive. However I recently moved it to a lighter part of the flat (where I see it more often and therefore pay it a little more attention) and it is thriving! It has four flowers ready to bloom. Has anybody else got an elderly peace lily?


Talkback: Compost heaps and bean trenches

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:51
Hi Oldchippy, yes it was only for six months but they've not made a decision yet and they've also given me a second half plot, so good news all round!

Steve 309 - yep, traditionally standard for runner beans although I don't know many people who practice it now (apart from my dad!)

Talkback: Making plum vodka

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 11:19
All sounds delicious! I shook my vodka this's definitely taking on a green tint so I'm so far very happy!


Unusual bird behaviour

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 11:18

Hello all

Inspired by this fantastic video of a crow apparently using a margarine tub lid to sledge on a snowy roof (, I wondered if anyone else has observed unusual bird behaviour in their gardens? It would make a lovely topic for a future issue of Gardeners' World Magazine.

I once spotted a pair of wood pigeons having an argument - or so it seemed! They were sitting on a branch and batting each other over the head with their wings. And generally looking grumpy.

Kate Bradbury

Contributing Editor, Wildlife
BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:10

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 11:04

Thanks Robbie! Also very happy news... the caterpillars on the nettle patch in the park are all doing really well. Lovely lovely peacock caterpillars just about to pupate. Gorgeous things.

Fairygirl - it won't be peacocks and small tortoiseshells on your blackthorn. Off the top of my head I think a couple of hairstreaks feed on blackthorn... and lots of species of moth.


Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 16:27
Not the bordered gothic but the gothic...

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 15:32
Edd - I think there are a couple of native moths which have adapted to feed from buddleia; the mullein moth and gothic to name two.

Raddoll520 - it's not quite garden butterfly season yet, July and August are the key moths. if you cut your buddleia down in May it should flower in time for their late-summer emergence. But Edd's right, if you would like to see more butterflies, the best thing to do is grow nettles, which their caterpillars eat.

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 16:00

Hi all, happy to report that the swifts have now returned to Hackney! I heard screeching for the first time last night and then again this morning. Happy. Let's hope they have a good breeding year.

@galest - your swifts sound very like barn swallows!

Talkback: 100 hungry snails

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 15:56

Hi all, thanks for all your comments. The snails will have a job coming back - the wildlife area of the park is across two roads and a railway line.

Old Chippy - sorry to hear that so many people don't like your garden! I hope a nice gardener buys your house who will appreciate all your hard efforts.


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