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Latest posts by oldchippy

Talkback: Growing plants for winter scent

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 17:55
Hi Kate we have a winter flowering Cherry opposite the kitchen door just behind the soakaway from the roof,it's been in flower for two month now and I have never seen it look this good,The snow drops are very stunted this year only just above the ground,there are plenty of Daffs coming into flower this year after the poor show last year. Oldchippy.

Talkback: Garden birds in the snow

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 11:56

Big Bird Watch week end again and the bird's have gone on holiday,All I have seen so far is a couple of Wood Pigeon's Crow's and Magpie's,No small bird's at all.

Talkback: Growing a yew hedge

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 14:41
Hi Kate when we moved here in 2002 we had a yew hedge one side of our back garden 16 feet tall 7 feet thick,not quite a hedge more like a wood,The person we bought the house from said it was only 25 years old and only had the top cut out or it may have been taller,On the other side was a Leyland ii hedge the same size,We gained 14 feet more garden when they were cut down and replaced with shrubs ,Now out of control,I have found a grove of Oaks trees thanks to the Jay. Old chippy

Talkback: Orange ladybirds

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 21:13
I found an orange Lady bird last year on my mahonia which was at that time was covered in mildew.

Talkback: Black-headed gulls

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 17:36
Richard I had a Black Cap feeding on my Callicarpa berries today.Looking on the RSPB website it seem they are spending winters in England,Before Christmas there a Hen Black Cap in the same bush (with a brown head).We get quite an amount of Gul's most probably from the filter bed's and land fill at Beddington Croydon.

Talkback: Evicting a rat

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 16:55
Hi Kate when I cut the borders in the mainly glass area of our back garden I stacked the turf face to face back to back against the fence with my compost bins in front.The local Rat found a great place to live with food on the door step,every time I opened the bin the rat looked up and then disappeared down in the compost,After poking around the edge of the bin I found the hole just where the food was still edible so I cut up a tin opened it to fit round the bin ,no more rat when the turf had broken down I used it on the borders.

Talkback: Making a Christmas wreath

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 21:24
Happy New Year Kate Best Wishes Oldchippy.

Talkback: Christmas traditions

Posted: 24/12/2012 at 12:28
Happy Christmas Adam.

Talkback: Making a Christmas wreath

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 11:48
Happy Christmas Kate,All the holly up the golf course has had the berries taken by the birds at the beginning of December so there's not much left ,the ivy has also gone over with not much to look at at all,may be next year will be more productive,And a Happy New year to you.Oldchippy.

Talkback: Goldcrest encounter

Posted: 21/12/2012 at 15:57
Hi Kate I saw a Goldcrest last winter on the golf course when walking my Dogs,It was in a gorse bush very distinctive yellow markings on there heads,I hope you have a Happy Christmas and New Year.

Oldchippy.

Discussions started by oldchippy

Talkback: 10 best plants for wildlife

Thank you for your interesting blogs but what are we to read on Fridays G/W blogs?Good luck for future endeavors Oldchippy. 
Replies: 12    Views: 363
Last Post: 16/12/2014 at 12:37

Talkback: Lambs' ears and woolly bees

Wool carder bees look like large hover flies then,so that's what I have seen in the garden.Just googled them. 
Replies: 2    Views: 133
Last Post: 18/11/2014 at 07:51

Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Was that a Magpie and cup of tea I wonder,is there any goodness in sycamore seeds or ash seeds there always seam to be lots under the trees ... 
Replies: 25    Views: 900
Last Post: 10/11/2014 at 22:46

Talkback: Magpies

a squawk of Magpies. 
Replies: 12    Views: 452
Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 19:05

Talkback: Summer clings on

We have had no frost in Ewell and the leaves are still green just the spindle turning red so far my Norway maple has lost some leaves gone f... 
Replies: 2    Views: 125
Last Post: 05/10/2014 at 16:46

Talkback: Compost heaps and bean trenches

Kate my Dad did this on his garden as the soil was not very good,he grew some good veg every year,Kate I thought that your plot was only for... 
Replies: 6    Views: 368
Last Post: 06/10/2014 at 15:11

Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Britain at it's best.All pulling together. 
Replies: 29    Views: 769
Last Post: 03/08/2014 at 20:46

Talkback: Honeybees in the garden

Hi Richard yesterday I saw a female stag beetle on the path when I was out with the dog there is a lot of fallen tree near by. 
Replies: 1    Views: 115
Last Post: 02/07/2014 at 18:03

Talkback: The golden rules of gardening

I remember Percy Thrower on the roof of broadcasting house in a green house with out any glass so he could talk to his audience as he worked... 
Replies: 0    Views: 118
Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 21:27

Talkback: Urban foxes on the allotment

Foxes are welcome visitor's to my garden but the dogs run after them,but the fox is to quick and always get away.I put food for them in the ... 
Replies: 8    Views: 381
Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 11:16

Talkback: Nettles, caterpillars and butterflies

Kate you are a romantic softie. who else would love caterpillars. 
Replies: 10    Views: 391
Last Post: 04/07/2014 at 11:50

Talkback: Elm trees and butterflies

Nonsuch park jointly managed by Epsom & Ewell And Sutton councils has quite a population of Elm growing from suckers also on the road side t... 
Replies: 0    Views: 148
Last Post: 09/05/2014 at 14:34

Talkback: 100 hungry snails

so the truth is out Kate you throw your slug and snails in some else's garden,100% recycling.have a good bank holiday I hope they don't come... 
Replies: 18    Views: 804
Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 19:12

Talkback: A new bee hotel

Hi Kate now Royal Mail are giving up there cycles maybe you could get one of there's,they have nice big carriers on the front and panniers o... 
Replies: 3    Views: 159
Last Post: 26/04/2014 at 18:53

Talkback: Pale crab spider

Hi Richard I had one last year on the flat flower head of a dogwood,The flower had pick a tinge on white and the spider matched the colours ... 
Replies: 0    Views: 222
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:49
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