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Latest posts by oldchippy

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.

Talkback: Native versus non-native plants

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 22:32
Hi Kate our local park (nonsuch park) is managed jointly by Epsom & Ewell/Sutton councils it is left to wildlife with just the paths cut ,We also have Warren farm now owned by The woodland trust,in all about 220 acres so there is lots of wild flowers and grass,We also have lots of birds bees and butterflies not to mention bugs,There is a great mix of trees of great age as well as newly planted,There is a place for all who want to use it.

Talkback: Rosemary leaf beetle

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 10:57
Hi Richard,Last night I had the door open to the garden with the light on,There was a thud on the floor,On inspection I found a Cock Chafer laying on it's back,I haven't seen one before,They are very beautiful looking beetle's for there size not at all aggressive.The room was full of flying insect's.It must be the warm weather.

Oldchippy.

Talkback: Final preparations for Chelsea

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 18:04

Well done Andy Gold Medal for all your hard work,oldchippy.

Talkback: Magpies in the garden

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 11:34

Hi Kate,I have just been watching the Goldfinch picking up the dog fur from the garden,It's better than painting the bedroom walls,They have been coming in the garden all week so it's dog grooming time to give them a nice warm nest,

Oldchippy.

Talkback: Growing aquilegias

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 22:40
3 years ago I was building an extension on the back of someone's house,In the garden was a dark blue Aquilegia the owner gave me some seed and I broadcast them on ground that had not grown Aquilegias before,The next year I had lots of pink flowered Aquilegias no blue at all, last year I had just one dark blue and this year I have just one come up all the others are pink again, just goes to show you don't know what expect from seed.

Oldchippy.

Talkback: Planting out tomatoes

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 15:52
Hi Kate that's a gardeners tale woe if ever I heard one.The weather has been so unpredictable this year, let's hope it recover's soon.

Oldchippy.

Talkback: Growing asparagus

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 12:47
My Dad had asparagus growing in the front garden next to the privet hedge in two clumps,I don't remember them ever eating it,it was grown just as another plant most probably self sown.

Oldchippy

Talkback: Dealing with lily beetle

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 15:38

Gary Hobson can we have some of your dry weather here in Ewell ,We had two dry days over the weekend and its raining again now.That must be over a month of rain.

Talkback: Self-seeding plants

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 11:20
Hello Kate,I have just had Mrs Oldchippy giving me an ear bashing about the front of the house,We have a traffic island on the other side of our road Triangular about 300 feet by 80 feet it has 8 trees growing on it and the council haven't cut the grass for some time now so it is covered with wild flowers,The goldfinches have been having the time of there live's eating the dandelion seed,there must be a lot of other wild life living in there as it has attracted a lot of bird activity.

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. 
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Last Post: Yesterday at 18:06

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: 94
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: 838
Last Post: 10/11/2014 at 22:46

Talkback: Magpies

a squawk of Magpies. 
Replies: 12    Views: 418
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: 115
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: 341
Last Post: 06/10/2014 at 15:11

Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Britain at it's best.All pulling together. 
Replies: 29    Views: 747
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: 108
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: 368
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: 373
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: 139
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: 791
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: 150
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: 214
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:49
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