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Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 18:33

Caught this little chap/chapess  dangling about outside (thank god) earlier. Used the car lights going past to balance the light inside to get the shot


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 18:30

The start in my garden today is my brand new composter that arrived this morning before I got up! Can't wait to start feeding my new chum!

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 18:16

Interesting question James, yes & no... it's up in the pyrenees overlooking a deep valley although there is a swimming pool in the garden and a river far below. I've never seen so many different buttlerfiles and dragonflies and I spend a great deal of time chasing them for a good pic! The picture second from bottom on the left is a cicada carrying her baby on her back

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 17:57

I love looking at everyone's pictures; all so different and thought provoking. Here's my sample of some of the wildlife in my garden in France this summer. All taken on Olympus PEN new system. The contact sheet has come out a bit squeezed! can anyone help identify the plant with the orange & yellow flowers? It loos like a buddlea... The first image is of a elephant cactus flower that appeared and grew to 3 metres in under a month! Whole families of birds and insects took up residence in it.


John Wayne is big leggy!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:50

thanks to you both, I'll wait & prune in the spring. Wish I'd known that 2 years ago when it started to wobble!

John Wayne is big leggy!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 12:07

What would you do with this killmarnock willow? It's very pretty but so leggy. Should I trim it? How much? It's bending over so far all round I have to keep raising it up! And it has little pussy willows forming already...


Oops I'm in the dog house

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:17

I buy plants in the sale and swap cuttings to keep the cost down but if I do really want something for the garden, I'll get it and hang the cost!

I seem to be spending a lot on bird seeds at the moment and getting a great deal of pleasure out of watching little flurry's of sparrows dart around the garden.


Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:13

I found the thread! according to Titchmarsh in this month's mag,  " the ideal soil is fertile slightly sandy loam containing plenty of leaf mould or other well rotted organic matter - any good garden soil as long as it's rich in humus" it goes on to say Japanese maples prefer lime free & slightly acidic... I've been growing them for some years from tiny trees to very large ones - I think the key is to protect them from the extremes, sun and wind being the worst. I think I'll wait until February to replant now.

Can I repot my Acer now?

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:06

Thanks that's really helpful. I'll check out the thread first and then decide. I'm cross actually because someone who was very convincing made me cut a tall section off at the end of the summer. He siad it was struggling and then I read that it was the wrong thing to do, it just needed more room for water and better soil. So now I really want to do what's right by it!

Can I repot my Acer now?

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 18:58


I have a very large and beautiful acer in a pot that's too small. This summer the plant has really struggled so I've invested in a new larger 3/4 barrel. Can I move the acer to its new home now or do I have to wait for the spring as advised in the September issue? I really don't want to loose it; I want to give it the right soil and conditions, which it currently doesn't have.


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