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Bird Identification

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 14:08

cracking photos Mrs G  !


I've got a sparrowhawk which visits my garden, though haven't seen him / her for a while now, though often go home to find 'road kill' in my garden, usually just a pile of feathers  

Conference pears

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 14:00

 "It seems that pears don't in fact ripen on the tree!"

How interesting hypercharleyfarley!!

I never knew that.  I've been trying to squeeze the pears on my tree for weeks and weeks now, waiting for them to soften up so I can pick and scoff them, so this explains why they're all still hard as rocks !!!

I'll see if I can gently twist some off, as have had my eye on about half a dozen nice blushed ones, not sure of the variety, I thought Williams, but not sure.  Then I will put to the side with a banana for company and then scoff.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 14:27

wall to wall blue sky and sun in Moray, Scotland  my sister in Hampshire has rain bucketing down, apparently ha ha ha ha ha !

potted acer

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 10:18

Hi Our Gertie

Is it in the sun / wind ?  might be sun / wind burn ?  I lost a lot of leaves from an acer years ago from the wind burn  then it died in a very harsh winter (NE Scotland)


Have a new acer now, just a tiddly one at 2 foot tall, but it is coming along nicely - it's in a very sheltered spot standing in front of a large laurel hedge


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 14:35

I live in NE Scotland, so only have the red squirrels thank goodness.  I'm surrounded by woodland, and I absolutely love the squirrels, and built a special feeder box for them - though the devils don't use it, they use the peanut feeder instead, and the birds use the squirrel feeder box - doh !

I've also named my regular 2 visitors Seb and Stevie - sorry

Stevie is the baby, with a fuzzy blond tail


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 12:00

solomons seal


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 11:59

solomons seal

whats this bush?

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 14:12

Yes, I agree it's laurel.  I have a great big bush of it as you drive up to my cottage.  It's massive in height and width and I wouldn't be without it at all.  It provides much needed shelter for an acer I planted, and will also provide shelter from the freezing cold winters I get (NE Scotland).  I lost a glorious acer a couple of years ago because I left it exposed to the elements where I used to live, so am having another go at growing one in front of this massive Laurel I have.  I have only had to lop the laurel back a couple of times over the last 18 months or so, I don't find it too imposing, just cut back the odd new shoots that grow.  They are very fleshy and so easy to cut through with secateurs.  In spring, the laurel also produces lovely bunches of white sweet smelling flowers that are quite heady in scent some days, and at the moment it has plump green berry type things on.  If you decide to get rid of your Laurel, I hope you don't live to regret it after

Eating my Poppys Grrrrr !

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:54

Hi Sair118

Might it be ants ?  I had 3 or 4 of my beautiful St George tulips chopped off at the top this year, I wondered what it was as the first 3 were just lopped off with what looked like scissors, but a couple of days later, I watched in anger as a big black ant was climbing round and round the stalk decapitating another tulip flower, so sorry to say peeps, but I pulled the flower off and squished him dead


Just a thought that it might be ants ???


Last year the only plants in my garden to be destroyed were my new Barlow Black Aqualegias - I too thought it was mice at the time, but now wonder if it was ants


Posted: 28/05/2013 at 13:48

Hi Betty Brown Eyes

I got 4 chickens at the beginning of April.  They are my first, and good fun to keep.  They all have their individual characters, and one had the nickname psycho by the end of day 2 she pecks at absolutely everything.  They are friendly and will eat out of your hand.  I get an egg every day from each chicken.  I spent out and bought a ready made coop, and put that within a run I built from scratch.  The run measures 40 foot by 11 and they turned it from grass / moss to dirt / mud within a few days, so they will absolutely destroy any surface area you give them if the run is static.  They love dust bathing, but in the rain, it turns into a complete quagmire and the other day I very nearly went on my posterior.  I don't find them hard work at all, just 5-10 minutes in the morning to make sure they've got water and food for the day, they get a cup of treats to start the day (dried mealworms, sunflower hearts, corn etc), clearing the poop I missed the day before and clearing the poop out their bed.  They're on their own during the day whilst I'm at work, and when I get home I spend another 10 minutes or so making sure they're watered and fed, collect the eggs, clear poop (just to keep the run tidy and clean) and I put out a banana as an afternoon treat.  As they've completely turned the run over to dirt, they get a fresh handful of grass or weeds or carrot tops each day, and any slugs I find in the garden they go mental for.  They put themselves to bed at the very last eeking of daylight, and I just go down to the run and shut the coop door, and lock the door to the run, as double security.

Hope this helps in making a decision.  I'm very glad I got my ladies

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grass clippings at base of established azalea

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