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Posted: 22/08/2012 at 09:41

lovely pics of the butterflies and bumbly!! thanks for identifying the Comma's that have been flitting round my garden the last couple of weeks too, (I'm in NE Scotland).  Also nearly stabbed 2 frogs at the weekend , getting rid of some untidy wild flowers / scruffy grass.  Don't freak, there are plenty other wild areas in my garden, including 2 stretches of garden measuring some 40' long each, containing long grass, thistles and anything else that wants to grow there!!  I moved one of the frogs to under my rhubarb which is still growing wildly, it's nice and moist and cool under there so figured he'd like it, the other one legged it into the remaining long grass, so I left him to it.  All the more reason to get a wriggle on with my pond project !!! 

Beware of

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 10:40

I ordered off these guys a good few years back, out of a magazine - the mini orchard collection, apple tree, pear tree, plum tree with free cherry tree.  All went through a couple of harsh scottish winters in pots outside, but the only one to survive was the pear, which is now planted in my garden, is very healthy at 6ft tall, with lots of leaves but no flowers or fruit this year.  However, I did e-mail the company a couple of months back to ask for replacement for the trees that didn't grow, as I swear when I ordered they offered a lifetime guarantee on the trees.  As with poor Kevin above, absolutely no response from the company, so I shan't bother ordering from them again.  We live and learn.  At least the pear tree's growing well, but at £29.99 (a few years back) - a tad dear me thinks


Posted: 20/08/2012 at 10:36

OMG !!!! Robot, what magnificent pictures


Posted: 20/08/2012 at 09:29

it's originally a punchline from the 'Two Ronnies' comedy show.... fork handles / for candles


one of them went into the hardware store asking for fork handles, and the other gave him four candles


though on this forum, it seems to be a general chat thread............

Discouraging Starlings

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 08:57

Hi Lunarz !

I found I had a problem with the arrival of starlings a couple of months ago, as I too enjoy feeding all the birds, and there were lots of different babies appearing each day.  I remember on the Saturday I had ONE, yes ONE (scout) starling - thought it was nice to see him as I like to hear the funny noise they make (not the sqwarking !!), but by Monday morning I had TWENTY FOUR, (count them) Starlings raiding my garden, all lining up on the electric wire above my garden (I live in the country).  They do send out scouts looking for food.  I persevered for a good few weeks, of removing the seed and feeders for a day or two - snatching them in before I went to work, they kept coming back, so I persevered more.  The babies got so darn cheeky to the point that I practically could grab one, trying to scare it off the feeder, I was literally 2" away from it, it was determined to stay for the food !

Thankfully, they seem to have moved on now, crossing my fingers, as haven't seen them for a while now.  Though am happy that I'm getting to see more and more of Woody (Woodpecker) and Sebastian (my Squirrel).  Seb has started to destroy my bird peanut feeder by chewing through the bottom of the wire, he emptied it of peanuts every day, so will be making him his own peanut feeder this weekend !

Good luck with your starlings !!  As other folk have said, hopefully they should move on soon.

(though must say, I agree with Dovefromabove in that they are useful eating leatherjacks from your lawn, I have a 1/3 acre garden, and frequently came home from work, to find prod holes every 3" all over the garden, they'd worked hard that day !! amazing !!)

I.D. needed please.

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 08:38

oh dear, unless I'm mistaken, it looks like himalayan balsam .  absolute pest as can spread like wildfire, the seed pods shoot for about 12 foot, dispersing the seeds far and wide

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 09:26

Oh gosh and darn, did it miss it

Guess I was doing something more interesting like shopping, or playing in my own garden

Was going to watch it, for a larf, glad I didn't bother wasting my eyes given the comments above.

Monty's advice on Strawberries ........

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 11:02

Hi all


After watching GW last Friday, I'm now confused about how / where to put my strawberry plants!!  I knew that the plants only have a 3-4 year lifespan and should be replaced after this time, but Monty said NOT to plant them in the same spot year after year?  I never knew this  Does anyone else move their strawberry plants every year, or just leave them where they are, and replace every 3-4 years ?  Any advice is gratefully appreciated, as I will soon be planning and digging my fruit garden, to include 2 dozen strawberry plants I have waiting to go in !!  I've only ever grown strawberries in pots before, so putting them in the ground will be new to me anyway.

Identifying a plant

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 15:53

I agree Potentilla, I have a yellow one, and a red one in my garden.  The red one is one of my all-time favourite plants in my garden, probably the favourite for flowers.  It is soft strawberry red, with a creamy yellow hue in the middle - just fab !

Hope you find the plant you're looking for, for your garden.

Down among the chrysanthemums

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 12:39

could they be mini puff ball mushrooms ?  I had a white one in my lawn the other day, about an inch or so in diameter ..................

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