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save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 09:31

The same reasoning behind my young cat scratching the stair carpet rather than the scratching post we bought for him!!????

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 09:25

I used the same method on a lethargic bee found on my greenhouse floor yesterday. Unfortunately he fell backwards into the sugary liquid and got extremely sticky! I ended up using a stick to pop him onto a Mimulus flower and whilst he got busy with the pollen I used a hose set to 'mist' to clean him off. Much to my satisfaction and relief after a few minutes of cleaning himself with his legs, he flew off.

It was lovely to interact with the bee but things would have been a lot easier for all concerned had he not fallen backwards in the first place!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 09:38

I have them this year (got away with it last year but have had them previously). I tried the garlic spray and it just didn't work, and you have to be so quick to get on top of them once they are there, so I had to resort to Pravada spray. I hate using chemicals but I have dozens of Lilies and it worked immediately.

Runnybeak, they always seem to be mating, that's a big part of the problem!!

Tree to attract birds for small garden

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 09:59

Awful losing fluffy loved ones, you get to understand the term 'heartache'.???? I have cotoneasters in my garden and the birds love them. There is also one for every garden size, and some!

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 09:53

I'll perhaps have to start putting it on my toast instead then, thanks for that information Ice.

Damselflies Mating

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 14:04

Yesterday I was privileged to see two Large Red Damselflies joined in mating. They were flying around and over my small pond joined together for at least 10 minutes, frequently landing on my various pond plants.

I saw them do what is apparently called the damselfly 'wheel' where they form a circle to complete the mating. A few minutes later I saw another damselfly try to get in on the act which was given short shrift by the mating male as he protected his right for the female to lay his eggs (the two clattered their wings in battle).

I have since googled what I saw and there is more about it here:

What a great joy to have even the smallest of ponds, mine is only 5ft x 3ft but it houses newts and lots of insects visit it on a sunny day.


save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 13:49

I have some squirty honey in our food cupboard which I use exclusively for just this purpose! It has worked on numerous occasions and is very rewarding.

Nesting blue tits with more than 2 adults feeding!

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:09

Thanks Pansyface, I will definitely register my nest box.

Nesting blue tits with more than 2 adults feeding!

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 11:46

I have nesting blue tits at the moment but things are a bit unusual and something I certainly haven't experienced before is happening.

In early Spring I noticed that at least 3 tits were building the nest. One of the tits spent most of it's time chasing a third tit around the garden, trying to prevent it putting nesting material in the nest.

Now there are chicks and I am certain that there are at least 3 tits bringing food to the nest. All the birds seem now to be content with this scenario. There may be 4 of them feeding but as all blue tits are the same, and I have only seen the 3 birds queueing up to go into the nest, I can't be sure about that.

Has anyone else heard of this behaviour? Is it unusual or is it common to have shared nesting like this?

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 11:34

We have waxwings here some Winters (although not this year). They arrive in their dozens and don't leave for usually 2/3 days until our large cotoneaster tree is stripped bare. We have experienced guys with massive camera lenses outside our house once!

I currently have a family of 5 very noisy starlings feeding on the dried mealworms that I put out, even my cat skulks back into the house when they are around, they are so noisy! I also have  nesting blue tits where 3 or maybe 4 tits are all feeding the nesting chicks (but that's another thread).

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Discussions started by Lancashire Lass

Damselflies Mating

Witnessed above my pond! 
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Nesting blue tits with more than 2 adults feeding!

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Hedgehog Rescue

I have a hibernating hedgehog in my greenhouse! 
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Alternative to usual shed roof felting

looking for a better roof protection for new shed 
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Coir Compost Blocks

Anyone had experience of them? 
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Using own compost for baskets

Is it viable to use home made compost for annuals in pots/baskets? 
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Wow! Aren't they big?! 
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Lysimachia Clethroides (Goose Neck Plant)

Invasive - but anyone tried it in containers? 
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When to remove leaves/care calander 
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Magpie Seen Caching Food

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Last Post: 26/03/2014 at 20:56

I had to Laugh!!

Garden centre Sign 
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Pruning Salvia 'Hot Lips'

New growth on old wood?? 
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Protecting Lillies & Hardy Fuchsias in Pots

When can I put them out for Spring? 
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Last Post: 18/03/2014 at 10:56

Big Garden Birdwatch

Site crashing 
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Can I plant Water Crowsfoot Ranunculus Aquatilis now?

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