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Kate Bradbury

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Posted: 08/02/2012 at 14:43

there's no sign of frogspawn in my pond yet and I'm very pleased, as it's suddenly very cold in London!

Has anyone else seen frogspawn in their ponds yet? Do let us know when you do - I'd be very interested to know!



Posted: 08/02/2012 at 14:41

Hi all, you can help the experts monitor hedgehog populations by taking part in their hiberntion survey. find our more here.


Bees Are Already Buzzing!!

Posted: 08/02/2012 at 14:30

Hi all, sightings of bees (particularly bumblebees) in winter are becoming more common, so try to have something in flower for any that visit your garden. They won't find much sustenance in winter pansies, I'm afraid! Try winter-flowering clematis and honeysuckle, daphne, mahonia, heather. And if you find any bumblebees that look like they're struggling to fly, you could make them a solution of sugar and water (equal prts of each) to give them the energy to fly.

Looking to spring and summer, make sure you have plants in flower all year long. Favourites include red clover and viper's bugloss, but a more comprehensive list is available from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust here


Talkback: How to clean bird feeders

Posted: 08/02/2012 at 14:14

kater1 -  I'm having problems getting to the bottom of my plastic feeder too, and have just resolved to buy a new one that dismantles better so I can clean it more easily. If I find a cheap one I'll let you know!

full-time-mum - diluted bleach is fine, but make sure you rinse it well afterwards. Otherwise veterinary disinfectant is available from the RSPB shop

Birdie2 - if you have seen birds looking ill, it would be better to remove all the debris beneath your feeding station to avoid contamination of healthy birds.


Brown Ooze on Ornamental Cherry

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 11:05

Hi Jay, I'd wait for the cyclamen to finish flowering and then lay a thick mulch, so you don't ruin your dislay.


Talkback: Moss

Posted: 05/01/2012 at 12:32

Ooh when you're done you can come and do mine!


Talkback: Moss

Posted: 02/01/2012 at 11:01
Sounds like a nice project for 2012, oldchippy. If I were you I'd tell your daughter to put her feet up and then I'd get cracking!

Thanks happymarion, I will pass on your best wishes


Talkback: Moss

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 17:21
Sounds like you need to rethink the location of your evolutionary dell, happymarion!

Happy New Year to you both


The Prettiness of Moss

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 17:18

That looks like a moss wall, Marion!

Kate x

Brown Ooze on Ornamental Cherry

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 09:27

Hi Jay, don't panic, it could just be gummosis, which is natural oozing of sap on healthy trees. Are there any other signs of bacterial canker on the tree, for example sunken, dead patches on the branches? If so, prune these out to prevent the infection spreading and keep a close eye on it. You won't need to replace the tree if it's young and the infection is dealt with quickly. If the tree is otherwise healthy though, just give it a good mulch in spring.


Discussions started by Kate Bradbury

Talkback: Queen wasp

Lovely x x 
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Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside... Kate 
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Potted ponds in Thailand

Just some of the many 'potted ponds' I found in Thailand 
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Favourite tools

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Redesign of garden

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Seed buying

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Plants still in flower?

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