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Recommend a good bird food?

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 00:21

Hi folks - I have just moved and haven't yet got organised with a bird feeding regime but in my previous place I used to buy the Peckish range of birdfood. The favourite of my birdtable clientele was the Nesting & Young Birds variety. The robins loved it and it wasn't padded out with wheat (favoured by the cheaper ranges and usually in the 'Wild Bird Seed' mixes.) These cheaper foods are really only suitable for pigeons - which are a confounded nuisance and about the only species on the increase. Robins, tits etc are not seed eaters so cheap food is not suitable. I make a very popular bird 'cake' which attracts Robins, Tits, Long Tailed Tits, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and the usual starlings. Strangely,my previous home wasn't in an area with many sparrows. Recipe: 2 handfuls peanuts and 4-5 slices of (preferably wholemeal) bread - whizzed in a processor or coffee grinder -  a good handful mixed birdseed, one handful, sunflower seeds, one handful dried mealworms. Melt approx 1/3 block of Britannia dripping in a saucepan (lard is too soft) and mix in the dry ingredients.This should resemble pastry mix - moist enough to pack into shallow jars (which can be hung up with string) or I also use plastic 1/2 pint beer glasses which I refrigerate then dip in hot water and easily turn the solidified cake out. If you can be bothered you can insert a cardboard disc with a knotted string through it to hang up. This mix is always devoured with relish and attracts just about every species. I make 3-4 and keep them in the fridge or freezer. Incidentally, if you turn out pots and containers for re-filling and find the white Vine Weevil grubs which eat plant roots - robins will go mad for them! 


What's this then?

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 15:08

I'm sure you (nearly) all know what Knotweed looks like but for those who are not sure, I managed to upload a pic. !




Planting Irises

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 09:53

No, Fairygirl, they weren't in pots. My friend has an enormous garden and has loads of Irises about the place. She just put some in a bag, which is in my shed at present. They don't appear shrivelled - one or two have leaf shoots forming. I will plant them asap. Thanks folks.

Planting Irises

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 19:50

Hi  I think they are bearded - my friend's Irises are all very tall and the one of mine

that did grow was very striking. See photo.  They are not in pots - just loose in a bag as my friend, I think, had divided some of hers. They have the overlapping, sword type leaves, as described on the website DoveFA advised I look at. My front garden drains very well - it isn't waterlogged at present. In fact, it drains a bit too well in Summer - gets very dry.

Planting Irises

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 17:50

My French friend gave me several Iris bulbs (rhizomes?) when I was over there last month. I understand that they are usually planted in the Summer but wondered what to do with them now! I was given some 3 years ago, which I planted at my previous house. Being an ignoramus  I didn't know that they should be exposed and they were planted like regular bulbs. Miraculously, one did flower - after 3 years!  My front garden here is south facing, soil quite sandy and gets lots of sun, although it's been raining for the last week or more! I live in the South (Bournemouth area.) Any advice gratefully received. 

What's this then?

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 17:24

It aint Knotweed - although it does look a bit 'weedy.' Knotweed is quite distinctive (I saw a lot in France.) The leaves are a bit more heart shaped and alternate on the reddish tinged stem (not opposite each other.) 

Fuschia cuttings

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 20:43

I have some roots forming on some of my cuttings - in soil in a lidded plastic container with hole cut in lid. I will pot them up undividually asap. 

Fuschia cuttings

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 14:32

I have rooted cuttings in water but I read somewhere that it's not ideal due to 'shock' when they are then transferred to soil/compost. I'm sure the folk on here will comment on this as they are far more experienced in planting matters than me!


Posted: 07/11/2015 at 22:51

I've always wondered about trying to grow Clematis from seed. Now I know!  Can't wait to try it when my garden has had it's 'makeover.'

Fuschia cuttings

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 21:23

Thanks for your reply. The box has no drainage holes and was just a temporary measure to transport the cuttings. Is it usual for Fuschias to produce roots on their stems? Presumably this is because the box is quite humid? I would pot them very carefully (the present soil level is very shallow.)

I think the container grown ones are hardy as they are long established and some are rather 'woody' with not many flowers. Garden is fairly sheltered.

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Discussions started by Lyn Plant-Wells

Planting Irises

When should I plant? 
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Fuschia cuttings

Roots on stems 
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Diseased roses

Rampant blackspot/rust 
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ID if possible please!

Leafy clump then tall stem & mauve flowers 
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Two mystery plants

Geranium type mauve flower and greenish white feathery flower 
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Pond water

Is pond water/green sludge good for most plants? 
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Potted rose in flower

Rose in flower 
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Rose suggestions please

Rose for front of house 
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Ugly new garden

Concrete stepped path 
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Moving roses

Moving house/taking roses 
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Primroses/Primulas in borders

All leaves, hardly any flowers. 
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Plant ID

Tall, exotic looking flower 
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Nuss Schnapps

Yummy alcoholic drink from green walnuts 
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Chicken bedding 
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Rotting courgettes

Brown tips How long will a visit to the Doctor Who Experience take? Please allow up to 1.5 hours for a visit. The interactive element will take 30 minutes and the exhibition can take up to an hour. Feel free to stay longer though! 
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