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Latest posts by oldchippy

Talkback: Goldfinches

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:35
It's a shame that Teasel's don't keep there flowers for longer,My patch of Teasel's are getting bigger but still only last for a couple of day's,The seed head's look great if I can keep them standing up right.


Talkback: Goldfinches

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 14:27
Kate I remember on my way to school when I was about 8 seeing Goldfinches in some one's garden and thinking how wonderful they looked and how we never had bird's like that in our garden,I thought they were quite exotic and where did they get them, now I know if you want Goldfinch in your garden all you need to do is grow the right plant's that they feed on.I'm not sure I like cranefly the way you seem to.


Talkback: Wordsworth's garden at Dove Cottage

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 18:32
Hi Kate,Back in 1966 England won the world cup and we looked at a cottage just out side St Ives in Cornwall without running water or electricity the water would be laid on in 1967 and the electrics 1968 so we didn't buy it,But it had 3/4acre of garden,So it's not unusual not having services we rely on today,

Talkback: Growing honeysuckle

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 21:47
Hi Kate my honeysuckle is in flower for the second time this year,It grows over a east facing fence and hangs over next doors garden,Last year we had a Robin nesting in it this year it was a Dunnock the birds like to feed in the amongst the leave I can't see what they find to eat,I have seen only two Damsel fly this year but not one Dragon fly and there is a pond in the next garden,Are they having a bad year as well.Or am I living in the wrong place.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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. 
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Last Post: 28/04/2015 at 07:01

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. 
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Last Post: 27/04/2015 at 15:47

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 ... 
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Last Post: 10/11/2014 at 22:46

Talkback: Magpies

a squawk of Magpies. 
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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... 
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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: 618
Last Post: 06/10/2014 at 15:11

Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Britain at it's best.All pulling together. 
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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. 
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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... 
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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: 551
Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 11:16

Talkback: Nettles, caterpillars and butterflies

Kate you are a romantic softie. who else would love caterpillars. 
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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... 
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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: 972
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: 299
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: 352
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:49
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