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Blackbirds in the mower shed

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 17:59

Congratulations on your eggs Nutcutlet

Heard Thrush singing in the garden a few weeks ago but rarely seen.  They are certainly few and far between these days ( or for me at least  )

GSWoodpeckers are frequent visitors again so suppose I mustn't complain.


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 19:14

Damp and dappled shade..........the flower spikes stand out so much better I find

Grass snake

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:58

  Chickens............give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile   Mine have a good 1/4 of the garden........lots of plants, trees, etc, plenty of dust baths and they still hang around the the gate every pm........what they are after is being let out to hoover up the dropped seed and fat ball bits from the feeders.  They say " we just want to peck the lawn grass " but strangely enough that lasts about 5 seconds and then straight to the feeder patch

Grass snake

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:22's tempting but don't be rash   (tho I think your "want" was tongue in cheek......... natural reaction to Dove's pic).......not everyone stays in the pond all year round......they need the surrounding habitat too  Big ponds, little ponds.......all helps

is this a blackcurrant?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:43

HRose............. sorry...........could have sworn it was a blackcurrant........didn't look like Ribes I have grown before.

However, always pays to get more than one opinion

Grass snake

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:32

Dove.......murder most foul.............superb photo........definite cross over from "new" to "established".............

is this a blackcurrant?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:13

HRose..........I think so......I'd harvest  those few currants before someone else does it for you........lots of hungry birds about at the moment


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:06

They seem to also thrive on rather brutal ( or at least uncaring ) treatment.

My neighbour gave me  clump last Autumn which I dutifully potted up ......result.....lots of leaves but no flowers.

He gave me another clump this Spring which I stuck in an old compost bag whilst I decided where to put them.  I'm ashamed to say, they are still in that sack and are flowering beautifully.  They had the odd bit of watering when I remembered but no other care than that

This isn't a recommendation by the way

what is this

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:44 need to apologise..........altho you may find you get some weird PM's

what is this

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:40

Sorry to read Dove's post.........there's not as much money in rope as t'other I fear

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 19:26 and then

How things change 
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Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
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Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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Waterlogged grass/lawn

using RapidGrid to make a path 
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Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Best type ? 
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