Kate Bradbury

Latest posts by Kate Bradbury

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.


Still in Flower

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 08:53

Lovely Queenslacey. A colourful addition to the winter garden!


Winter Pansies

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 08:40

Slugs and snails are the most likely culprits. Is it mild where you are? The slugs are still active in my garden, but luckily, so are the frogs!


Discussions started by Kate Bradbury

Unusual bird behaviour

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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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