Latest posts by steephill

Help - unexpected greenhouse tomato management

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 13:51

It is easy to forget that Sungold tomatoes don't go red when they ripen, they just stay that yellow colour that red varieties go through before they ripen. (just saying, not that I have ever been that stupid honest ) So you need to test the ripeness of Sungold in another way. See if the oldest tomatos are easy to remove from the sprig and taste test.

Why is your name so called?

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 09:51

I live at the top of a steep hill.

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:57

Swet little visitor Fairygirl, we are being besieged by various baby tits at the moment. They seem impossibly small and fragile but have figured out how to use the bird feeders.

We also get greater spotted woodpeckers (you may have seen the video I posted) and I realised today that we also get the lesser spotted ones too. I had thought that they were just juvenile GSWs so it is true, every day is a school day! 

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 18:08

Had a quick peep in the compost bins to see how the slow worms were getting on and found these three lounging about instead of eating slugs like they are supposed to. You just can't get the staff these days!

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 18:17

Some of this week's highlights from the garden.

This Jay has been hammering away at the peanut feeder every day this week.

Didn't manage to get focus on this nervous fox.

Heard some rustling and munching under the trees, then saw the culprit.

The garden is also full of slow worms, so much so that I daren't get the mower or strimmer out for any of the wilder areas. Well, that's my excuse . Seriously though we have dozens of them of all sizes. They are mainly asleep in the compost bins so will try to get some shots of them to share.

Dragonfly ID

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 16:46

Might be a female Common Hawker.

This one flew into our house today, probably chasing one of the million flies that appear any time we open a window. I think it is a Golden-Ringed dragonfly - can anyone confirm?


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 11:23

It is a serious weed in my garden, spreads rapidly and chokes out everything else so be careful where you plant it. Our local National Trust ranger said it was a problem for them too when he saw it in my garden. (He is also a beekeeper and was helping us with a swarm at the time)

The bees love it and you can make a lovely "Goth" jelly from the fruit - very sweet and very black!

Lillie Beetles

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 23:32

They are partial to snakes head fritillaries too, I was picking them off every day for a couple of weeks there. Easier to catch when they were mating.

Camera Talk

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 19:26

Hi Hortus, yes these were taken last week. There were plenty of blooms just starting so the field should look good for a couple of weeks yet.

Camera Talk

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 14:54

Garden sculpture anyone? These were taken at a local sculpture park near Churt which has about 600 pieces on display on a 10 acre site.

This one is huge and comes complete with the gazebo it stands on. A snip at £168,000!

A David Goode bronze, a mere £13,500!

Loved these fighting stags, slightly larger than life size.

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