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Posted: 28/08/2013 at 21:03

Thanks a lot for replies - It really is a pretty bird at this stage and not skittish at all.

I think I had better brush up on flys bees and wasp recognition - nice to know hoverfly don't sting.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 19:38

I was out in the garden pruning shrubs, when I looked up and saw what I think is a young starling.  It did not seem bothered by me or the neighbour working next door.

I went in for my camera, hoping it would be there when I got back  luckily it was:-

It stayed in the garden for ages, wandering around the lawn, then on the bird table, until it went back to the same bush.  No other starlings were around.

ALso got a pic of this:

 Is it a bee or a wasp ?




Posted: 24/08/2013 at 19:02

Little spongy balls are good - the tiny ones in different colours.  Also, in the past I have used Red Nose Day noses with pirate faces on. 

Other dangers in the garden are toxiciity of many plants - I was surprised when I looked at a toxic plant list, after I had a serious reaction to a Nicotina plant.

Not all plant sellers label correctly - so now I check the list and never garden without gloves.


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 19:12

Have just  finally found it on an American Homes & Gardens site they say it is :-

'Peaches 'n Dreams' hollyhock Alcea rosea 'Peaches 'n Dreams' has ruffled, double peachy-pink blooms with overtones of raspberry and apricot. It grows 4-6 feet tall. Zones 3-8 The website link is

They got the height wrong - mine are at 9ft...!!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:50

My stars are the Holyhocks, which I have never grown before.

Was a bit surprised when the flowers came out, as they do not look like the Holyhocks I have seen before..


The lable just said Holyhocks - Anyone know what sort ?


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:32

Hi There, I am not sure if anything is wrong, but I always lose some lower leaves on my passion flowers every year. Like yours they turn yellow and drop off, but top growth, flowers and fruit remain ok.



Would be intrested to know if others have found out what causes it and whether the plant is slowly being damaged, is under stress / needs something.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 17:55

Hi Sean - I hope I see more froggies hopping about like you did.

Haisie - Errrrr..    a sir stone is a mispelled Air Stone - typing skills not good and must get new glasses.

Thanks for mention of the Save the Frogs site, I will have a look at that.

The tub is a plastic storage tub from the Range. It cost about £3.  It is an experiment - ie  will it last the winter.   Plastic trays on the lawn for bird food and water don't crack in the winter, so maybe my little pool will survive.  If not, I will have to get something more frost proof  next year.





Posted: 22/08/2013 at 16:56

I have a rhodo that I planted in 2010. We are on heavy clay, so dug out a not very large area and filled it with rhodo compost. This is what it looked like in it's first year: -

 It has grown a bit and is now this size, growing over plants in the next bed.

I searched for pruning rhodo's but did not find anything, and some people say  it can be killed off by pruning.

Does anyone have experience of successful rhodo pruning ? because advice would be appreciated.. Also, I get concerned it  will eventually give up growing because of the size of the bed I put it in - is this likely ?


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 16:26

Thank you - I put viticella into the search on here and it came up with lots of them - including one that looks like mine called Bluebell, so hopefully it will get on ok in the apple tree.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 22:54

Hi Sara4 - I bought 2 originally - they were about 6 inches high. Fed them both the same on seaweed type liquid. One died a hoprrible death, this one has thrived. Someone said I should not feed once the flowers arrived - so I stopped and just gave it lots to drink.

Try a seaweed feed next year - it might help.

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