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Talkback: Winter flowers and bumblebees

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 06:40

Not much in flower now although I did see a small bumble bee yesterday. There were quite a few queen wasps yesterday too looking for somewhere to hibernate. The favourite plant for early bees( I saw one in January this year) is the winter flowering honeysuckle (lonicera fragrantissima). Bullfinches destroy the flowers but it's lovely to see those too.


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 11:11

Sorry, meant to say 'hello', Panda. Look after yourself as Dove says. 


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 11:10

Just popped in for a coffee. I've been lifting pots into the conservatory including this Bird of Paradise plant. It's got about seven flower spikes on but they never seem to open before about April. It's really pot bound and neglected but maybe that's why it flowers every year.


Posted: 22/11/2013 at 07:17

Good morning all,

Hope everyone is okay. Lovely dry cold morning so will get out in the garden again today to move some plants into the greenhouse for the winter. I found a few of the dreaded vine weevil in the pots of begonias yesterday so I've steeped them overnight in a solution of Provado. It worked last year and I got most of the m over the winter.

I went outside about an hour ago to see if I could spot the comet Ison. Didn't see the comet but just then the space station was going overhead. It's incredible to think there's people up there. 

Poinsettia SOS

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 09:26

Hi marklikesbees,

I read somewhere that you shouldn't buy them if they have been standing outside and even the trip to the car from a shop can be enough to kill them if they are not protected.

It seems to be tricky to get them to form the red bracts for next year. I believe they have to have 12hours light and dark and that's achieved by putting them in a dark cupboard overnight. I'd never remember to do that.

Hope yours survives  okay.


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:56

Good afternoon all.

A bit late in wishing you well, Andy but hope everything is okay soon.

Bob, my usually good dog (ahem) used to chase the wheelbarrow and bite the wheel. I found something in Wilkinsons that claimed to mend punctures in mountain bikes etc. It's a green sludgy stuff that you squirt into the tyre and then blow it up again.  It was brilliant and enough to do two wheels relly cheap too.


Camera Corner

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:34

Fantastic photos everyone.

It was lovely to see your photo of Perranporth beach Nikki as a live a couple of miles from there. The big rock is called Chapel Rock and there is a christmas tree up there with lights every year. Last year someone put a piano on top as well. How they ever got it up goodness knows.

wildflowers for a bank

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 10:43

Foxgloves might look lovely there as well, Janette and they will self seed everywhere. Easily grown from seed but they won't flower the first year.


Camera Corner

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 14:54

Thanks for your comments.

There's an area of old mine workings opposite the house that we bought quite cheaply a few years ago. They are always adders in a certain spot in the spring and I've put corrugated tin sheets down, they are quite often under there along with grass snakes.  I try to take photos in the morning  before they warm up as they are off  before I get the camera ready then it's a matter of getting as close as I dare. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 11:13

Love everyone's photos. I'm a rubbish photogragher and I've only got a cheap digital camera. I just take photos to keep some sort of record of the garden and wildlife arround me.

Adders are not everyone's taste but I feel privileged to see them. I always keep the dog on the lead where they might be as we've had a few dogs  bitten this year.

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