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Frog Spawn count

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:04

Clarington - Have just been on the site and recorded my sightings.  Hope lots of people follow suit.

Dog verses Clematis !

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:22

When planting all clematis it is always advisable to plant a good couple of inches below the surface, then if your dog or mower or large foot manages to damage the top growth, given time it will reshoot again.  Rule of thumb, never dig up a clematis until you have given it two years to make an appearance!  This has proven correct on many occasions.

Bees on my birdbath!

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:09

My guess is that they are drinking.  The weather had been extremely dry by me (Herefordshire) and I fill a plastic plant pot saucer with soil and keep it wet and watch all manner of bees, hover flies etc, come and suck up the moisture from that.  As I understand it they can't drink from water as such, but need to suck it up from damp soil, as do butterflies.  What a wonderful spectacle - lucky you.

Please help me identify this shrub

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:03

My most favourite Vibernum

Frogspawn 2015

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:38

Thanks Daisy.  Checked all the spawn this morning and some of it is just about hatching, so the frosting doesn't seem to have affected it to any noticeable degree.  We now have over 20 lots and still going, although slowed down quite considerably now.  I am impressed with all your pictures of frogs as I have only seen one pop its head up when the sun was shining. Although, if it all hatches, we will have thousands of taddies, last year I watched fascinated as the blackbirds scooped them out of the pond and ate them when they were quite small, so that will account for quite a few as we are ksuffering from an over population of blackbirds this year..

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 09:18

Just to confirm that it is not just those two stores.  I live near a Morrisons and have bought at least 20 clematis from them over the past three years.  I can honestly say that despite picking out all different named varieties I have ended up with nearly all the same variety, so do not be deceived by the pretty pictures, you are probably only getting a choice of two or three!!  Very disappointing when you carefully arrange your planting with a colour scheme in mind!!


Frogspawn 2015

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 12:31

Ros on Wye - had first last Saturday (14th - Valentines day - aahhh!!) and this morning there was nine lots.  Earlier than last year by two weeks.  Don't know how much will survive as getting frosted most nights, but time will tell.  Had a whole load of building work done in the garden this autumn and was worried the frogs may have been harmed as we could still hear them croaking on the bank where work was done.  Needn't have worried.  Spring is definitely on the way, snowdrops in full bloom as are early crocus and hellebores.  Birds are singing, heard first blackbird yesterday.  Big smile on my face


Help - I need to move frogs

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 09:49

Can anyone make any suggestions?  I need to clear a bank, approx 7 metres long and 4 metres wide that is covered in weeds and Bergenia, in order to put in sleepers at the lower level and to infill to obtain a level surface to half deck and half make into flower bed.  However the bank as it stands is full of frogs.  I know this as when sat out on the path by the bank we can often hear them croaking away.  My problem is if I take them from the bank as I clear it and put them in another part of the garden (have a wildlife area and pond) I assume they will make their way back to the bank.  This job will take some time as I work full time and am 'not as young as I was', but I don't want any getting hurt or even trapped inside when the timbers are put in and soil and hardcore put in to fill the void.  Any ideas would be gratefully received.

sweetcorn/ storing it

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 10:35

Firstly have you tried picking and eating straight from the plant - absolutely delicious.  However I just put a tablespoon or so of water on a plate, but 'peeled' sweetcorn cob on the plate and nuke for 1 1/2 minutes on full power, turn over and repeat.  They are then ready for the kernels to be cut off and frozen.  Never fails.  Good luck.  I ate all mine some time ago as ready really early this year.  Wished I had done successive sowings so I still had some to eat - lucky you.

Bargins on the high street

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:27

Agree with Mrs T - seeds from T & M always have really bad germination rate and have ordered plants from Parkers and had great losses.  However, have bought at least 20 clematis and honeysuckle from Morrisons (when freshly in) and had 100% success - all for £2 each. Most have flowered this year as well, which was a bonus as they are only young plants.  The ones I bought last year have given a superb display this year.

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