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Yellow lawn

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 17:33

You could always try the Brazilian World Cup approach and just paint the grass green 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 10:26

Thanks, Victoria. The only problem now is that the caterpillars are currently causing neglect to the rest of my garden too by seducing me into hours of caterpillar-watching when I should be doing something more useful!


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 10:13

And there was me thinking it is a bumper year for butterflies...

I've had dozens of small tortoiseshells laying eggs on my nettle patch for the last week and am a bit worried that there won't be enough nettles to go around...

I haven't seen any peacocks recently but they've obviously been there. The top photo is of a nest of peacock butterfly catterpillars and the lower one shows some much younger small tortoiseshell ones. I saw a red admiral caterpillar yesterday but can't find it to photograph today. I've also watched a comma laying eggs there within the last couple of days and have seen speckled woods and meadow browns.



Posted: 25/06/2014 at 10:23

As a scientist this rang a few alarm bells for me. I don't know anything about safe concentrations of oxalic acid and I'm not saying that rhubarb insecticide isn't perfectly safe but a quick google produced this article which does give food for thought. 

Percy Thrower quote

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 15:17

My son, who's a chemical engineer, recently sent me a link to an article complaining that the vilification of the word "chemical" was putting people off studying chemistry and pointing out that everything is made of chemicals - including compost, top soil and even the plants themselves....

Percy Thrower quote

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:44

There's a clip on Youtube of Percy Thrower doing an interview on how great the introduction of colour television was for gardening programmes. He does sound pretty well spoken and not as if he would have been careless with his grammar!

Nettles & Butterflies

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 10:50

I was watching some small tortoiseshells laying eggs on my nettles last week so am expecting caterpillars to be on them for several weeks to come. I did a bit of research as well and discovered that in the South of England there are usually two broods in a year - one when the butterflies come out of hibernation in March/April and one in June/July - so I think this must be the second. They also prefer to lay eggs on young nettles (which fits in with what I saw as half my nettle patch was cut down about a month ago and they were laying their eggs on the new young growth). I usually cut my nettles a couple of times in the year but only cut part of the patch at a time and leave the cut nettles there so that any eggs/caterpillar will transfer to the growing nettles.

Invisible something eating my roses

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:41

No idea if it works but I've just sprayed "Grazers" on my vegetable garden and greenhouse plants. It claims to be organic and to deter deer, rabbits and mice from eating the plants. My problem is voles rather then deer and it's too early to tell whether it is working but nothing has been eaten which was sprayed. (I do have traps in the greenhouse as well though).

What are the best white flowers for bees and butterflies??

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 09:52

My white salvia is attracting a lot of bees at the moment.

experiences with free offers of plants

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 09:58

I took up several GW magazine offers over the last year and most are doing well. They included 2 lots of 3 clematis and the 24 strawberry runners and all of them are looking good though the clematises did need a bit of nurturing. I was less happy with the autumn raspberry offer. The 3 canes I planted in the autumn got off to a very slow start in the spring and are still much less advance than the 9 canes which I paid for and planted in the spring. But they did get very water-logged over the winter which might explain why they're not happy.

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