philippa smith2


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Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:40

They are certainly doing well Ecokid..........I have a feeling that we have pinched them from our NDN's as she says she hasn't seen them recently


You're right.....they lift your life a little don't they ?

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:21

Bag them separately and freeze........that gives you several months thinking time


Alternatively, look for a PYO site near to you.  I've just picked Red currants from my garden, my neighbour's garden and topped them off with a PYO place.  Now got 6 Kg to make Redcurrant jelly.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 17:52

Thanks Verdun.....I'm struggling with my new Tawny King at the moment.Garden is bone dry and the perimeter trees are sucking every available bit of moisture.


I might well pick your brains re the Pokers later on if that's ok

"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 17:42

BLizzie.......you sound just like me..........you know it but will the word/name come ?  Will it heck


I first saw the Pokeweed at a NT garden where I worked as a volunteer.  The berries were such a stupendous colour it stuck in my mind.  Years later, it suddenly appeared by my pond in France.  I actually got these seeds from Nutcutlet .....never thought to bring the French jobs with me


A Strawberry huller RB ?  My strawbs never get far from the plants before they miraculously disappear - never did find out who ate them

What is this plant please

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:48

I think I might by with Tetley on this one..........I'm plucking them out every other day


There IS always an upside tho..........if you have chickens, they do seem to like it

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:43

Joyce 21.......the blue flowered pond plant is Pontederia ( Pickerel weed).  Dies down in winter.


Verdun..........looks like you have 2 kinds of Kniphofia......which ones please ?  Lovely pics of your garden

Painting a bird bath

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:32

I think you need to say what the bath is.......plastic, concrete, stone, metal ?.......before anyone could advise the correct paint to use

"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:28

Oh hang on........just looked at No. 2 again.......they are surely headphones for Mr. Spock.....pointy ears and all that.

"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:26

Runnybeak..........what do you mean when you say No. 2 is a difficult one ?  They're all a mystery you clever person


No. 1 .......Like BL I'm tempted to go for a scourer of some sort but I think that is too easy for a cunning mind such as yours


No. 3........well........some posh new lawn edging ? Nope.....I'm well and truly stuck

"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:13

Sorry folks


I hadn't intended to keep you all in suspense but got waylaid with one thing and another.


The "what is this" pic I posted yesterday (? ) was a Phytolaca ( Pokeweed or Red Ink plant).  It's just finished flowering and all those little "lumps" will turn a deep wine red/purple in the Autumn.


I'm just going to look back and see if I can ID some of the clever stuff

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Last Post: 12/05/2016 at 18:40

Best present this year !!

Toads 
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Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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Kniphofia Tawny King

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Another Vine Weevil warning

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Last Post: 02/02/2016 at 08:53

Pond plants

ID needed please 
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Newts

Early activity 
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Seed and Plant swap 2016

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Ryan the gardener 15

Are you there ? 
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