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Honey Bee swarms

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 15:57

We are used to our neighbours bees swarming in early summer (late May onwards) but they caught us out this time by being far earlier than usual. I noticed one swarm starting but it had moved on from the original roost so I had to go find it again. They had regrouped on a hedge on top of a steep bank. However on closer inspection (with binoc's!) there were two swarms about a metre apart which I hadn't come across before.

 


 


 

 

 

bear grass

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 12:34

Xerophyllum tenax also called elk grass. Seems to be seeds only as I can't find any Uk supplier on the web. There may be some specialist nursery out there though.

bullfinches!

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 10:10

Bullfinches are rather beautiful but such destructive little sods. Reminds me of reality TV "stars". Niger seeds seem to keep them occupied but apple blossom still seems to be one of their five-a-day.

Pieris

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 10:04

You can hard prune pieris successfully. Cut it down to about a foot high. Now is the best time to do it. It will respond with vigorous growth and probably won't flower again fir a couple of years. Might be a good time to think about relocating it.

Don't give up on very leggy tomato seedlings

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 16:40

You could simply pot them up in deeper pots, right up to the first leaves. That will encourage more root to grow from the stem.

no blossom just leaves

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 10:46

They are still young and getting themselves established, it may take a couple of years yet before they are ready to fruit. Apple blossom just coming out now for me on Surrey/Sussex border, plum trees almost finished now.

Thermalcouple

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 10:37

It is illegal for anyone other than a gas safe registered engineer to carry out such a repair. Not to mention potentially lethal. Just imagine broken glass and aluminium shrapnel flying through your neighbours gardens. Don't even think about it.

Try one of your local central heating companies. The part required is almost certainly widely used in gas fires and central heating boilers and it should be easy and relatively cheap to fit, especially if you can take it to them to save a callout fee.

Potatoes

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 10:29

They can go in now. Traditional planting date for some people is St Patrick's Day so next time you can put them in earlier.

 

hydrangeas

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 15:29

Better to use a product designed to do this, look for hydrangea colourant in garden centres. It is usually made up of ferrous sulphate and perhaps aluminium sulphate. Use as directed and don't overdo it or you will inhibit takeup of other nutrients from the soil.

ID my fungus please

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 15:28

Not many fungi around at this time of year but morels are some of the few. St Georges mushroom should be around now, surprisingly enough given the date, but it doesn't look like this. The stinkhorn is a late summer fruiting fungus.

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