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Latest posts by Kezza

encouraging the local woodpecker to come back to the garden

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 12:25

Hi one girl and her dog(s)


here's another one girl and her dog(s)


I have the black and white woodpeckers here (north east Scotland).


I find that mine like the peanuts most.  He / she visits from time to time, but you do have to be SO STILL so as not to scare them, the feeder is outside my front room window, about 10 foot away.  They do always know you're there, as Robot says their eyesight is phenomenal !!  It's a pleasure to see them though, so if I see one, I have to play 'statues' for about 5 minutes til they're finished feeding

Talkback: Growing lupins

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 13:09

I'm confused

Just how 'short-lived' are they supposed to be ?  I've had the same pink and white Lupin in my garden for over 9 years, and it's travelled to 3 different gardens with me.  It's now found it's forever home, so I'll be disappointed if it suddenly decides to die, as it's going great-guns this year  I too love to see the bumblies on the flowers, the way they settle on the bottom of the flower and it just drops down so they can get inside to all the goodies is fascinating to watch.

goji berries

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 09:59

Hi Auntie E


I have not long planted out a Goji bush, I say bush as apparently they have a sprawling habit so I have put it in the patch with my fruit trees, and not my fruit bushes / raspberries etc, so that way it can go crazy and sprawl as much as it likes.  I've put a wire frame round it at the mo, to support the branches til it thickens up a bit.  The plant is only about 2 foot high and quite leggy at the moment, but that's my fault as I kept it inside for about 2 years  what with 'bringing it on' indoors, and then moving house, but now it's finding it's feet outside and has really picked up this week.  I'm in the north of Scotland, and I've read that the bushes are quite hardy so should be ok.  No flowers or fruit yet, but plenty of little leaves, so hopefully only a matter of time til I'm chomping on Goji berries.

which plant is behind Monty (8 June)

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 14:17

Was just having a stab at it being Phlox, as mine in the garden are barely 10" tall at the moment and with no flowers.  When I looked the plant up on the internet, it showed an array of colours.  I have a pink one and a purple one.....couldn't see from the above pic whether it's the same plant or not though.

Wheelbarrow handle grips.

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:41

can you wrap some plastic tape (like insulation tape) round the wheelbarrow handles, then push on the handle grips, so it's a really nice tight fit ?

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:36

OK, next guess ..... female black redstart ??   

which plant is behind Monty (8 June)

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:18

phlox ?

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:13

Hi Robot !


Looks a bit like a dunnock ?   I have them in my garden, usually just one zooming around, but saw about 3 jumping all over each other yesterday - tee hee, desperate to get the food I just put out on returning home from work, as have to keep taking it in during the day as the Starlings have found me and keep savaging everything in site, which is pretty annoying as there are a lot of different baby birds around at the moment, which are struggling for food.

Become a hedgehog champion!

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 13:48

Great site on hedgehogs !


I'm going to make a hedgehog house and holes in my fence !!!    woo hoo !

Help with identification, this plant is ruining my summer!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 12:03


I can't see Twinkle_83's picture, but if it is Himalayan Balsam, it definitely will survive in the North of Scotland, as I live in Moray, and it was rife at a cottage I used to rent.  I still live in Moray, but there are none of the plants where I now live - thank goodness.  I agree the way the seeds are spread is fascinating, but a nuisance plant nonetheless.

Discussions started by Kezza

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

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grass clippings at base of established azalea

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