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Magpies on the increase?

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 08:07
I also have noticed fewer small birds like coal tits, house sparrows and blackbirds coming to the garden since an the increase in Magpie population. Can it be true that they are raiding the nests and driving these smaller birds away?

Magpies on the increase?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:44
Thank you all for responding, I must just mention that we need to bow to them. I was told that a bow for each one you see, that means I would be bobbing up and down a great deal this afternoon and would probably end up with a headache... I think not!

Magpies on the increase?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 16:51
Hi, This afternoon I was having a quiet mug of coffee in the conservatory when I noticed a great deal of action in a nearby tree. its a large tree and there must have been approximately 12 to 14 Magpies moving around the branches very quickly. Some were dropping down the tree like squirrels do and they seemed to be chasing one another as in a game. I have seen 3 Magpies together in our garden in the past, they like to forage in the guttering around our conservatory and workshop. They also chatter in our apple tree mixing with the crows, they also graze on the lawn but I have never seen such a large number together doing what seemed like a competition or some circus act. Has anyone else noticed Magpies behaving like this and has anyone any idea what was going on with them.

Talkback: Lily beetle

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 15:10
You have my sympathy and wish you luck in getting rid of them. I no longer grow these lilies - the red beetles have won!! I am now struggling with rust on my hollyhocks!!

Talkback: Phormium mealybug

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 06:16
I have several different varieties of Phormium in my garden. Recently when some of them were being trimmed back I noticed mealybug at the bade of the leaves. How can I get rid of this pest, is there a drench or spray available? Any remedy that will not harm neighbouring plants is preferable.

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 05:51
Why not use solar lights, they dont use electricity and look gteat depending on how much sunshine there is of course. I have some all year round in my back garden, lovely.

mozzies in the garden

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 02:37
Its been a sunny day today (20.11.14) here in Carmarthenshire so I decided to brush up around the garden paths, there were clouds of mozzies about to annoy me and not a spider in sight, I expect they have all been blown away by the recent gales and heavy rain and are hiding somewhete.

Painting what you've grown

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 07:42
Wow! So much talent out thete. I am afraid my painting skills are limited to the garden fence and bench and chairs. I did a good job with the shed door though, white gloss and green metal paint on the hinges and handle. I would like to try painting some floral decoration on my garden furniture now that you have inspired me. Any advice on which paints to use and whether there are transfers available. Ta.

Block Paving

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 07:17
This is a problem that does not go away cos of all the rain we get in the UK... what about caustic soda diluted in a watering can, would that damage the slabs and block paving? I have used it to clear concrete paths of algea etc.

Talkback: Lambs' ears and woolly bees

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 07:06
I have some of this plant growing happily next to a conifer tree stump which was cut down 2 years ago as it had grown too big. The soil there is poor but the lamb's ears plant is doing well. I had no idea that wool carder bees liked it and wish to propogate more plants from this one now to encourage more bees to visit my garden. Any suggestions as to how best to do this will be welcome. Many thanks.
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Magpies on the increase?

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