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Latest posts by oldchippy

Talkback: Wet weather and wildlife

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 21:57

 looking out the train window I see lot's of buddlea on the track side but no butterflie's this has been a poor year for them alright.

Oldchippy.

Talkback: Wet weather and wildlife

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 19:55
Hi Kate, I saw a Sparrow hawk on my way home from the train ,It was trying to catch a Swallow but the Swallow was to quick,It look's like the Swift's have finally gone,I have seen two Swallow's today not very usual round here,What I took for meadow brown butterflies are Gate keeper's,Quite a lot in the park in the long grass,Still haven't seen any Hedgehog's can't remember the last live one I saw.I have only seen one bat all year so far.Lots of bees in the garden.
Old chippy.

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 12:41

I haven't seen any Swift's flying here in Ewell since Friday,They may have gone already,They didn't arrive until May this year, Is this the end of summer, We have just had a thunder strom with marble size hale stones.

Talkback: Big Butterfly Count

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 17:52

This has been bad for butterflies in Ewell even in the park where there are lots of nettles and buddlia I have only seen a couple of Meadow Brown,We did have a Comma a couple weeks ago but not much else.

Oldchippy.

Talkback: Lawns and wildlife

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 22:05
Hi Kate my (lawn) dog landing strip is covered with Achillea if I pull up a bit then the runners go all over the place and I end up with a large bald patch,Not to mention the skid mark's when Ted stop's just before the bushes if he remember's,But all in all it returns back each year when we don't get this drought we are have this year.Most weed's get the chop once a week if dry enough thank to Mrs Oldchoppy.

Oldchippy

Talkback: Baby blue tits

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 22:31
Hi Kate lovely storey,I have been redecorating the kitchen over the last two days only to keep finding ladybird larve all over the walls inside and out I keep picking them off with a card as not to damage them and putting them on the plant's in the garden,This must be a year for ladybird larve. Your Sid is still singing his head off up in the tree's.
Oldchippy.

Talkback: Aphids and their predators

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:54
Nice to see someone like Aphids,The birds like them in my garden,I don't seem to have very many.

Oldchippy.

Talkback: Parakeets

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 12:34
Hi Richard,We have had Parakeet's in Nonsuch Park for about 12year's or more, there number's seem to get bigger each year as they spread there range in the local area,They are beautiful to look at but very noisy.

Oldchippy.

Talkback: Native versus non-native plants

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 21:24

If we only had native species our streets would be very different,No Chestnut trees no Acacia and on and on.

Talkback: Scented plants and memory

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 16:25
My Philadelphus Coronarius Aureus has been in flower for over a week and the scent has filled the kitchen each night it grows about 20 feet away from the house and with the southerly breeze we get the full fragrance,Just perfect.

Discussions started by oldchippy

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 ... 
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Last Post: Today at 11:49

Talkback: Planting daffodils late

In November 2002 we bought a sack of daffodils from a local garden centre for £5 00 when our granddaughter came home from school each evenin... 
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Last Post: 21/03/2014 at 19:50

Talkback: Growing hellebores

I started off with one pink and two white Hellebores now I have dozens of white and still only one pink,and the rest of the garden covered w... 
Replies: 39    Views: 1040
Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 21:07

Talkback: National Nest Box Week

Hi Kate maybe you should have made your bird boxes flat pack self assembly ,I have seen some blue tits having a look at my boxes we may be l... 
Replies: 3    Views: 92
Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 10:03

Talkback: Small trees for gardens

Hello Adam I made the mistake of planting a cedar in my garden(as posted on your gardeners world facebook site),after just 9 years it had gr... 
Replies: 6    Views: 340
Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 17:58

Talkback: An early spring?

I hope it stops raining soon a large hole has appeared next to my soak away,looks like a cove down there,I saw a white tailed bumblebee this... 
Replies: 7    Views: 315
Last Post: 26/01/2014 at 14:23

Talkback: Territorial garden birds

Hi Kate we have had quite a lot of Redwings over the last couple of weeks,there plenty of berries for them still on the bushes,they wait the... 
Replies: 6    Views: 350
Last Post: 16/01/2014 at 23:46

Talkback: Growing mistletoe

Happy New Year Kate,on my walk up the golf course today I saw quite a lot of Mistletoe growing on the trees, I hadn't noticed it before,one ... 
Replies: 3    Views: 128
Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 09:45

Talkback: Making rosehip syrup

Happy Christmas Kate,I grow up on rosehip syrup, as you say there are lots of hips this year growing on the golf course the common rose long... 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 14:01

Talkback: Front gardens

if you ever visit any new housing developments you will find the non existence of any front garden,and parking must be provided off road,ver... 
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Last Post: 29/01/2014 at 13:55

Talkback: Trees in winter

There is a road in Ewell with a grove of London plane trees growing on the road side grass verge,they must have been there some time as they... 
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Last Post: 17/12/2013 at 20:56

Talkback: Colourful plants for winter

is it right you have to prune Callicarpa hard to get berries on new wood. 
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Last Post: 15/12/2013 at 09:08

Talkback: Holly and berries

is it right you need both sexes to have winter berries,and lots of room to grow them. 
Replies: 5    Views: 236
Last Post: 13/12/2013 at 17:13

Talkback: Old books and migrant birds

Back in the mid 1990s I worked on contract for Crawley council maintaining there housing stock,the tenants would ask to have the Martins nes... 
Replies: 5    Views: 299
Last Post: 11/12/2013 at 13:57

Talkback: Leaf mould

There's a good chance that tomorrow I will be able to rake up the last of my leave's now my stitches are out of my hand,I haven't been able ... 
Replies: 12    Views: 495
Last Post: 07/12/2013 at 10:53
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