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What animal is this please?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 12:27

Hi Mandy

I would hazard a guess at a mouse.  I have various holes all over my garden, some right in the middle of the lawn!!, and I also have one in my veg patch right next to my veggies like you, looks like you're growing Kale or similar, which is the same veg I have a hole right next to.  Needless to say, the 4 kale plants nearest the hole I have have all been chomped down to a bare stalk lil tinkers !!!

perrenial foxgloves?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 08:53

Hi all

I too have a perennial foxglove, sounds the same one as gardeningfantic has, about 12-15" tall with tiny little creamy yellow flowers.  It definitely comes up every year, I've had it for years and it never fails.  It's one of my favourites in the garden, so dinky, yet still a foxglove.

Wind Powered Wood Chopper

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:07

have a look at

doubt they'll ship to the UK though

shame, coz you've got me wanting one now - my grandad used to have one I think

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 11:32

Thursday 23rd August, BBC2 Scotland at 7.30pm and repeated Sunday 26th August, BBC2 Scotland at 5pm

 Tried again to watch The Flowerpot Men last night, lasted about 12 seconds and switched channels.


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

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

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grass clippings at base of established azalea

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