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Latest posts by philippa smith2

Slugs/snails - the trade-off

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 19:01

Fishy..........snail farming might be the only have to purge them for a couple of weeks I believe   I expect there will be an EU subsidy for this and a good export market



Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:55

Photo ?

WHAT AM I? ... a dedicated community plant identification thread

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:49

Hippophae............I'm not sure how far spread the Pyramidal is but it is also native to France as well as UK..

I forgot to ask whether you were offering prizes ?


WHAT AM I? ... a dedicated community plant identification thread

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 18:33

2nd photo is an orchid.......pyramidal perhaps........need to see the leaves/ stem too

Wild bird feeding

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:03

Fairygirl...........yes, who is it that puts out half a loaf of nasty sliced white bread ??  I keep finding large pieces of the stuff in my garden - seemingly even the birds turn their beaks up at this rubbish.  Feeding bread to birds is never a good idea anyway and certainly not the crap that passes for bread these days



Cutting down a medium sized sycamore and grinding out the stump

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 18:49

A good tree surgeon will usually ask if you want to keep the good stuff for logs.......they will cut it into logs for you as well

I've only ever had trees "topped" so don't know the cost for your work.  Make sure you get quotes from reputable people........maybe someone in your locality can suggest a good one ?  Personal recommendation is always the best bet IMO.


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 18:39

I recall seeing a TV programme fairly recently ( could have been Countrywide ? ) in which one of the presenters visited a manufacturer which specialised in chocolate especially for dogs.  Something to do with the actual processing of the cocoa beans but I can't remember whether they simply left something out or added a "special" ingredient

It looked OK to me tho

Pretty Visitor

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 16:27

Lucky you.............used to have them as regular visitors in a previous garden but now only the Greater Spotted. 

Actually, that sounds rather uncharitable........I love the Spotty's too.....whole family visit to feed every day

Orchid plants

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 09:42

Try and ID your orchid................different ones need different treatment

Wild bird feeding

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 09:25

I have several wood pigeons coming into the garden.........2 in particular who are around every day.  They have their own little seed patch under some dense shrubs which they use .......often sharing it with sparrows etc.  They don't bother the other birds which are able to feed at various other points in the garden.

Rather than trying to scare them off ( not a very profitable task anyway ), why not accept that they are part of the scene and work with it.  They'll soon learn where to feed to their best advantage ( and to your advantage too ).

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Papaver somniferum

Beautiful blood red flowers 
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Last Post: 28/06/2015 at 12:17

Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Last Post: 05/05/2015 at 09:48

Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2015 at 16:52

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Last Post: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Last Post: 13/01/2015 at 19:47

Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 19:15


Seed sowing. 
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Last Post: 20/12/2014 at 18:00

Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 22:49

Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 16:33

Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Last Post: 07/12/2014 at 13:29

Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Last Post: 01/12/2014 at 18:33

Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Last Post: 06/11/2014 at 09:37


Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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Last Post: 25/11/2014 at 15:54


How to politely educate someone ? 
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Last Post: 05/10/2014 at 17:19


What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59
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