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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.

What's happened to my shrub?

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 12:45

Could be pyracantha scab, advice here 

Your garden

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 21:59

Slow worms, grass snakes, bats, too many bird species to list and these lovely creatures. Our garden has played nursery to many generations of roe deer.

Camera Talk

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 23:00

I went to school in Dumbarton and lived in Alexandria at the time so know those roads well but I can't say I remember any 12th C churches . Actually I remember the new dual carriageway being built and it was quite desolate from Dumbarton up to the river. It has been substantially built up since then and I barely recognize it these days. Lupins were a flower I associated with wasteground back then much like rosebay willowherb.

The Terwick church is very plain and simple. It is something of an anomaly as there isn't a village around it, it always stood alone in fields. I will be going back in a week or so to see how the lupins are developing and will photograph the church then.

What unusual fruit and veg do you grow?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 12:37

More of a weed than a deliberate planting choice but Gaultheria shallon produces small black blueberry-like fruit which makes an incredible jelly. I have never tasted anything quite so sweet. Apparently it was used by Native Americans as an appetite suppressant. I also have Gaultheria mucronata growing wild which produces edible pink berries. I haven't tried making jelly from them yet but will do this year just for the novelty. The birds seem to leave them until very late in the winter but I have sampled them earlier and they are quite edible.

There is a Chinese Flowering Quince in the garden which I think is Chaenomeles speciosa but might be a hybrid with Chaenomeles cathayensis as it has white flowers and larger fruit. Makes quince jelly, cheese and fruit leather just like a true quince. It has strong thorny stems and would make a great hedge.

Camera Talk

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 12:09

First try at posting photos on the new format forum so hope it works OK.

A local landmark for you, the lupin field next to the 12thC St Peter's Church, Terwick near Rogate in West Sussex. The field was given to the National Trust in 1939 by Mrs Jane Patterson Hodge (a Titanic survivor) in memory of her husband, Thomas.

What will deer leave alone, hopefully

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 10:43

Which species of deer? Muntjac will eat more things than roe, little sods scoffed my tulips and crocus this year which the roe deer had left alone.

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