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Protecting a newt from a digger

Posted: Yesterday at 18:42

Make a container/box and put the vegetation/debris in and then insert your newt.  If you do this the day before your digger arrives, you will at least keep it safe.  Leave the newt in situ until the ground work is complete and then release it into a similar habitat. 

Espaliered Apple Tree Recommendations for SW France

Posted: Yesterday at 18:36

It may well pay you to talk to your neighbours as well......the French are as keen on their apples as we are and they may well be able to offer you some advice.

Just as a thought, you should look to growing a Bramley or two .........the French tend not to know of "cooking" apples and you would be sure of making a few friends amongst your more culinary neighbours

Butternut squash- but no sign of fruit

Posted: Yesterday at 18:27

Same here........Butternut are usually very reliable.  Last year I had 14 good sized fruit off 3 plants.  This year I was a little late with them but the weather has been mostly to blame for the poor fruit production.......I'll be lucky to get half a dozen to any size I think. 

Can you give me some advice on Passion Flowers?

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 18:08

Usually you will only need to prune passiflora to keep it within bounds.  I'd leave this job until the Spring.  

I take it you are growing the common one ? 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 08:46

Thanks David...........I hadn't realised that but it goes a long way to explain why it made such a disappointing specimen.

The actual growth was strong enough once it got going but it was very late to flower ( the first one opened just a few days ago ). 

Is this one of our stinging nettle plants???

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:08

A good plant for the wildlife but spreads happily.  Easy to tell a stinging nettle....just touch it

Is this Russian Vine dead?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:05

I'd keep an eye out for at least a couple of meters around that "dead" stump before I was convinced it had completely expired.  It travels quite pervasively underground and can easily fool you.

Bournemoouth Air Show

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:00

The bats here ( only 2 or 3 as far as I can discern) stay in the garden.  I do miss my previous location when they lived in the roof and I could watch them leave every evening.

I used to count them religiously as they left......never stayed awake long enough to see them back to bed tho

Magpies on the increase?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:54

I think it is a "chatter" of magpies isn't it ?  That'll explain the racket at least

Bournemoouth Air Show

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:47

Couple of weeks later than last year tho...........the damselflies arrived roughly on time but I found my dragonflies a bit tardy this year.

For some reason, mine always does a tour of the kitchen as well as the pond......must be my cooking which attracts him

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Papaver somniferum

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Free tickets available

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Timber Compost Bins

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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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