philippa smith2

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Tigridia Pavonia

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 14:30

I didn't get them beyond a year in a NW UK garden but that was years ago and was most likely down to me.

I'd imagine you would be a lot more successful GD if you can keep them well drained.  Some in a pot and some in the garden and see which does best ?  Some protection for the garden ones over winter I would suggest.

Nice plants so hope you are successful 

Controlling arum italicum

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 17:56

I think you just have to keep digging - but by disturbing them, you tend to spread them further unless you are sure of removing every tiny bulbil. Just one of those things I think

Not so bad in the lawn - mowing the grass on a regular basis should eventually exhaust them. They will be popping up just about the time you make the first cut.

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 16:54

They breed here in the garden GD - lovely creatures.  I always look forward to the first sighting hence the bragging I suppose

1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 16:50

Sorry about that Nut but such a lovely surprise - particularly as I was working in that area and not thinking about Slow worms in particular  I know we have several here and they do breed in the garden.  Just need the Grass snake to appear and then that's me sorted

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 15:32

GS woodpeckers drumming away but didn't manage a pic - caught this sun bather this afternoon tho

1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 15:26

Took this photo this pm. Warm and sunny and the perfect sunbathing spot

Missed replies

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:37

Ha........the boy who cried "wolf" too often Fairy ?

Missed replies

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:03

Shall we give this one a rest ?

Mike/Hortico or WHY is an old hand and doesn't need his ego boosted - he is a poster - much the same as other posters. He has knowledge and experience to impart - much the same as other posters.

You can take it or leave it - much as you would do with other info/advice.

"Matter of dislike "....""Big baddy"   ??  Oh come on !!!!!!!!

Annual alyssum survived winter

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 17:42

Does at least a couple of years here in the Sarcocca tub - seeds in there too

Relocating a well established frog colony

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 17:13

Yes I agree - I've had various ponds and frogs over the years but oddly enough, this year is the first time I have noticed one clump of spawn looking rather yellowish - certainly different enough to stand out from the other clumps. Not just timing either - dark clump, yellow clump, dark clump, etc.

Pond life , with or without frogs, is endlessly fascinating.

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An advert worth looking at !!!

ROLL ON SUMMER - weather management 
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Freecycle sites

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1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

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Neighbour discharging rainwater from roof on to my garden. 
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A Puzzle to help you over the winter

The Ultimate Alphabet 
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Blatant advertising

Lack of above lately 
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Hazel hurdles/panels

Using these as a fence 
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Native or Non Native ?

What actually constitutes a "native species" in the UK ? 
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The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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The "Ignore member" option 
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Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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