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Kate Bradbury

Latest posts by Kate Bradbury

Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:19
Saw my first leaf-cutter only a couple of weeks ago Richard. Didn't get a chance to look at its underside...


Talkback: A difficult year for wasps

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:18
@oldchippy lovely that you saw swallows! I saw some house martins today, perhaps on their way back to Africa. I'm not sure about your conifer pollen, I think some pine trees do shed pollen in autumn...

@donutmrs hopefully next year will be better for them

Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 22:07
Thanks for your comments

@warthog - ooh green tomato jam, recipe please!

@yolande 2 - thanks for that, but I hope two hours of simmering constitutes cooking!

@oldchippy - I love seeing those green potato fruits, even though they're poisonous!


Talkback: Goldfinches

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 18:38
Thanks Oldchippy. Now what's wrong with the cranefly? Just because the goldfinch is better looking ;)

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 14:03
They've had such a bad year, donutmrs. I really hope next year is better for them.


Talkback: Big Butterfly Count

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 14:02

Thanks for all your comments, and thanks for posting such lovely photos, Gary! The last photo is of a ringlet butterfly, which apparently does quite well in wet summers, due to its caterpillars' food plant - grass. Don't forget to log your sitings at



Talkback: Scent and memory

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 14:33
Thanks for sharing your scent memories too, ladies


water feature

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 15:49

Hi weejenny, I made my pond using an old tin bath. It's tiny, but is planted with native pond plants and is a hit with the frogs.


Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 16:59

@Excitable boy I get out plenty thank you! What can I say, I just love the critters!

@Katie Blue they could well be dung beetle larvae. They're absolutely harmless to your plants and help break down the manure. Also food for bats. A good thing!


Talkback: Planting out tomatoes

Posted: 30/05/2012 at 16:56

Hi all, am happy to report that I finally put my tomatoes, chillies and aubergines out last week and yesterday found LOADS of hoverfly larvae munching all the aphids. Hope this weather lasts!


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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Last Post: 28/04/2012 at 10:06

Redesign of garden

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Last Post: 15/03/2012 at 19:49

Seed buying

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Plants still in flower?

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