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YOUNG STARLING ?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 09:27

I have a regular flock of Starlings visiting my garden and like you, this year I've also had lots of young ones with their buff coloured bibs and heads. It's great to see them developing into their usual colours 'tho. YOu are'nt wrong when you say they love suet pellets, that's about all they eat here, they ignore the sunflower seeds and other mixed seeds I put out.

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 09:08

I got 3 from Hayloft plants in the summertime. 1 died but the other 2 are doing well. I first planted them in mp compost with perlite added, just less than half and half as I was running out.

I potted them on yesterday and they're healthy plants with good roots. I'll overwinter them in my growhouse and plant them out in sprintime as our winters would be too wet for them.

Good luck finding some. Verdun that arrangement is great.

mildew-on-aquilegia-leaves

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 09:46

It happens to me every year, I pack a lot into my borders. I cut them right back as well and the new growth is healthier.

planting-dahlia-from-seeds

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 09:31

I'm pretty sure it was Bishop Of Llandaff Dahlis, tall red flowers on dark foliage. The Bishop's Children are lovely too, a little smaller but similar foliage. I grow them every year.

Saw Flies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:05

I've had sawflies everywher this year, on the Cucumber plants, Zonal Geraniums, Calendula, just about everything has had them. I squish them when I see them but they are very difficult to see.

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 11:52

That's a tip I would certainly try at my allotment Rustyb. Perhaps not this year, I'll see what stalks I have left but for sure next year. Thanks for posting it.

Angry Birds

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 09:28

Paula H what a good idea, I've had to stop putting seed mixes on my bird table because the pigeons get there and eat the lot. I do have sunflower hearts for the goldfinch and chaffinches and blue tits and fat balls in cages for the many starling who come several times a day.

I agree with Obelixx food for the young is scarce and I've been putting out extra fat blocks and balls and up until last week the adults were feeding the young right there in my garden, what a lovely sight to see.

Lesinnl your post made me laught, to think of the birds bouncing up and down on your nets although I know it's not funny for you. Hope you get something sorted.

Epson salt on Runner beans

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 09:18

Interesting, I'd bought Epsom salts a year or two ago, forget now what plant I used it on. Thanks for the info Verdu and the dosage.

Spring Bulbs in Pots/Tubs

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 08:34

The leaves should come out quite easily when they're brown/yellow.

I leave my spring daffs etc in the pots and stack them somewhere out of sight if I can. What spring bulbs are you talking about? Tulips in general won't do well a 2nd year in pots they say and they're better planted deep into the ground or discarded.

I have a new man in my life

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:59

I grew it from seed and love it. I love it's habit and yes there are the odd self seeders but normally they appear in pots that might be in flinging distance of it but not in the ground around it, no bare soil I think is the reason. It blooms for ages and this year I've cut it back as the flowers have started to go over before it makes seed, not difficult to do when you only have one of them. I'd say hold onto it and give your friends the self seeders as little presents.

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