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Pottie Pam

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Posted: 12/11/2014 at 12:57

I'm in Cornwall and have a wasp's nest in the garden. I'm waiting for them to die off and dig the nest up to show the grandchildren. I understand they don't use the same nest next year and only the queens survive the winter. Strangely they don't seem to be too interested in the windfall apples but are feeding on fatsia flowers.

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:33

Gardenmaiden, He's an incredible man for his age.

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:24


I'll have to look out for 'Cold' by Ranulf Fiennes as one of my favourites is 'The Feather Men' by Randulf Fiennes. Men who have been in the SAS look after each other and they are known as The Feather Men.



Posted: 17/10/2014 at 10:26

Good morning all,

Hope everyone is well.

I'm also enjoying fidget's diving adventures. I read once that all seasnakes are poisonous but their mouths are so small the only place thet can bite you is between the finger and thumb. I wouldn't like to put it to the test though

Slow cookers

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 10:12

Hi Mike,

Hope you are feeling a bit better. I recently bought a halogen oven  and am still experimenting.  Scones and chops turned out well but still to do a roast in it.


Posted: 05/10/2014 at 10:34

Thanks for that, Joe. I'd like to see what they are up towhen they are not with us.

I once saw swallows following my dog through long grass and afterI I'd seen a documentary on swallows in Africa that were following elephants that were disturbing insects reaslised they were following my dog just the same.


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 12:41

Swallows are my favourite bird andI I get so excited when I see the first one in spring.

I thought they'd all flown away this year but there were six swooping over the pond this morning.  They were this years babies as they had shorter tail feathers. I understand that the adults fly away first and the young follow afer. It's amazing that they can find their way.  I've often wonder if the kids go to the same area as mum and dad, it would be even more amaing if they did.

Ah well,roll on next april.

Wrapping up my gunnera!

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 07:50

Hi Sertolicell,

I just fold the leaves of the plant over mine in the winter but I'm in Cornwall so a bit warmer than you.

Cutting back Philadelphus

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 07:46

Thanks Verdun,

I've cut the older shrub right down and am now taking he roots out. I think I've been patient wth it long enough. I will follow your advice about the younger shrub and give it ome potash in the spring.


Cutting back Philadelphus

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 10:10

Hi, is there anything I can do to encourage flowering? I've got two shrubs which have never had more than a very few flowers. Just this week I've cut the older one (over ten years) down to the ground and am going to remove it. I think I've given it long enough to perform. I've never pruned them so have not cut next year's buds off but I've never fed them either.  I'm going to leave the other one to see if it will flower eventually but would like some ideas, please to help it.

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