philippa smith2

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Things I don't get

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 16:50

Same here Scroggin.......The big 4x4's look immaculate - the average 2 door is scratched to B****ry

self sown fig tree

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 16:40

Do you mean "at the side of the house" or "against the house" ?

It won't provide you with fruit unless you move it to a more sunny position as Nutcutlet suggests.

If it gets to a reasonable height where it is and you decide to prune it, beware of the suckers which will inevitably follow.

In the average garden, Figs make poor foliage plants as such - little to them except in the summer IMO particularly if they aren't in the position to fruit for you   

Anyone started saving seeds yet?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 16:28

Kitty........I saved Sweet pea seeds from last year and managed to use them to produce flowering plants this summer.  

I've noticed that some of  my plants are now producing flowers on ever shortening stems - a bit faffy to pick so I intend to leave them to seed.

Things I don't get

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 16:22

People at roundabouts who indicate left when in fact they are going straight ahead - just turning the steering wheel a tad to avoid going straight over the planted roundabout.


News programmes where the interviewer says " explain this very convoluted subject in half a minute as that's all we have time for I'm afraid ".  Why bother asking in the first place ?

The need for "Burger Vans" in shopping centres - especially when most of the shops are Food Stores and people are happily filling their trolleys with - guess what - food !.

The increasing introduction of useless technology - best example I've heard about so far is an App for use with electric toothbrushes.  It tells you which part of your mouth it is currently brushing and how long it's been doing it.  I believe an App which tells you when, and how long for, you need to Pee is currently in the "research" stage

Hedgehog Food

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 19:02

Watch the peanuts too - tend to clog the palate I have been told recently.  I agree, Hedgehog diet is a bot of a minefield - I have noted that there are obvious contradictions between the various Hedgehog Societies with regard to the best makeup. I'm still trying to work out the best ingredients and the ratio after many months.

Mark....5% is pushing it in my garden I think - the slugs dine happily alongside the hogs  I rather think the relatively recent upsurge in interest in Hedgehogs has gone a bit OTT.  Rather like the "Super Foods" which roll up in the press with great regularity, the general public are led to believe that Hedgehogs will solve their slug/snail problem - a lot is suddenly expected of these poor beasts

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 18:32

Frog murder mystery !!

It's possible that the headless frog was dropped by a bird ( Gull ? ).....could have been from a neighbouring pond or could have been from mine.  I mentioned finding a couple of similar corpses earlier this year just laying out in the courtyard a good few metres from my pond and someone suggested it could be bird predation.  Don't know .

On a different note, I've noticed this year that a Blackbird was quite persistent in whipping Newts out of the pond too - managed to rescue a couple but no idea what happens behind my back so to speak

Burials take place in the compost taken and a minute's silence observed.  Everything deserves to be recognised in passing IMO.

This is a very interesting and enjoyable thread and I don't particularly want to start another but I was wondering about what people were missing in their Daily Wildlife moments this year.

For me.......Damsel and Dragonflies have been very limited compared to other years as has the Hummingbird Hawk Moth.  Neither have I seen the number or variety of Butterflies which I would expect.  Ladybird sightings could be counted on one hand.  Does anyone else have disappointing sightings/counts so far this year ?

passion fruit

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 18:07

The most common Passion flower growing in gardens is P caerulea - pretty blue and white flowers which often then produce pale orange fruits.

They are edible in that they won't kill you but are usually dry and pithy and lack the juicy " jelly" like centres of the truly edible varieties.Look out for the basic P edulis or P mollissima or raise your own from shop bought fruit.  If you are in the UK, you will need a G/H to get a harvest - or that has been my experience anyway  

Laurel hedge

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 17:44

Fairy's absolutely right about clearing the grass and creating a proper edge  - the less competition your laurel has, the better it will thrive.  I was too busy being a smart a**e to think of it

I've never had problems with suckers on these either.  I have 2 individuals - probably about 20 plus years old now.  About 3 metres tall and multi trunked ..... I top them every year and thin out as necessary. They make the odd attempt to produce leaves lower down the trunks ( I keep the bottom couple of foot or so free of growth to accommodate my ferns ) but they have never suckered.

Laurel hedge

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:11

Sometimes you think you have explained something perfectly - it is so easy to assume that others will immediately understand - I often make that mistake

I suspect the Mouse Trap was calling you on this occasion ? 

what can i sow now

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:03

You can sow Spring Greens soon - end of this month or early September and harvest in Spring.  If you can provide  a bit of protection some lettuce too - look out for the different varieties .

Garlic can be sown in September/October to give you a crop for next Summer.

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