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Mark 1963

Latest posts by Mark 1963

World Naked Gardening Day

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 21:38

Two elderly ladies in our park saw a naked jogger, one had a stroke, the other one could not reach

I was brought up on Max Miller gags, sorry

unhappy Pieris

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 16:11

Hi, not meaning to contradict Dove, but I have never known a Pieris to be checked by frost, ours here in North-East Scotland have not been bothered. Of course they may have acclimated, Could it be getting pot bound? 

Venus Fly Trap

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 06:53

hi Christopher

I have three Venus Fly Traps, there is a very good company in Hampshire where are get mine from, the small ones are reasonable priced and they have won awards at Chelsea. They are easy to look after, best to use rain water and let them trap they own food. They is a good book called, 'Growing Carnivorous Plants' by Barry.A. Rice.

I would not bother with seeds, when you can get them for £5. Oh! and don't let them flower, it weakens them. Hope that helps.


Butterfly Release 2013

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:33

I don't mean to sound negative with this, but if we are continually told that butterflies are becoming rare, what are companies doing selling caterpillars to the general public. I know you lot are very responsible people but what if these kits are bought by people who think it's a bit of a game and get bored looking after them. Surely a breeding programme like this should be a bit more scientific

I welcome comments on this. It's not you I'm having a go at, just seems a bit irresponsible from the company making money out of this. 

Shed - man or womans world?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:15

My Shed, my next-door neighbor, I'm sure this spelling is wrong, gave me his old kitchen table. there is a bookshelf and other shelves for seed trays. Fold away chairs. A bench for changing into garden clothes. A potting area which doubles for my arts and crafts and a radio. The walls are covered in garden/wildlife articles and pictures from newspapers and mags. Outside above the door I have a outdoors clock. 

It's not much but it's mine!

Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 12:30

Hi Rio

We have been blessed with Beechgrove for a few decades here in Scotland. The Beeb have only been showing in England since last year.

Jim McColl is a legend up here

Silver Birch Catkins

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 22:29

thanks for that, they do look lovely

Silver Birch Catkins

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:59

This must be the first year, OK we have only been in this house three, that I have seen so many catkins on the silver birch trees in the garden. They look absolutely wonderful!

What happens to them? do they just fall off? or do they flower?

Favourite Garden Pest

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 22:15

Ok, this might be me but do you have a favourite pest? You know that eat your garden or cause damage, but you just cannot help but like them. My 'loveable rogue' is the Scarlett Lily Beetle. They are such a lovely bright red.

I also found the other day the most humungous slug, it must have been two inches long. It's markings were the cross between mackerel and a tabby cat. It's most likely inside a blackbird now has I put it in the middle of the grass. Not loveable just fascinating.


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 22:03
lisa massey wrote (see)

Hello Mark, it's a Primula Auricula, it's a border auricula from a collection my mum bought as plug plants a few years ago.

Thanks for that Lisa, noted in my note book

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tools missing in action (MIA)

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now I have seen everything!

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Petrol Lawnmower any suggestion.

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Free seeds need a good home

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Gardeners world newsletter

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Kalanchoe care

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End of the season thoughts

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Pot Mums, In or Out?

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pot mums

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need tlc after a horrible summer

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scented viola "Etain"

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