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Bee boxes

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 21:36

What great pictures David. Thanks for sharing. Looks like someone has put a lot of hard work and effort in to it. 

Go for it Jo47!  Woukd love to know how you get on. Maybe a pic or two of your work in progress?!

I'm trying really hard to be less of a wimp when it comes to all things creepy crawly. That said, an earwig fell out of a dahlia flower that I'd cut for the vase yesterday, and I didnt half jump!  Much nicer to see them in their own hotel! Needless to say, no more dahlias indoors for me!

Bee boxes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:51

Yes please David! That's quite a hotel! Would love to see how it's used and how it ages. 

Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 21:02

Thanks Jo47. Really useful!  Ive just googled Jay - very fancy looking! I'll keep an eye out.

Stone the crows!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 18:29

Is it easy to spot the difference between a rook and a crow? Are they both from the carion family?  Are jackdaws the ones with the silvery helmets on? I'd love to be better at identifying these birds but I never quite know what to look out for. Same with swallows and swifts; I can never tell the difference. 

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 18:13

My lovely neighbour brought round a load of these green, oval shaped things. Had no idea what they were. Turns out they are Walnuts. He has suggested i pickle them. Not got a clue where to start! Anyone tried doing this? Do they tase nice? Can't imagine the flavour?!? 

I LOVE beetroot. My favourite home grown veg. 

Help needed!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 10:00

Hi Katie

Just wanted to say that I think the site is fab. So simple to use. I would definately agree that the simplicity is the big selling point. 

I liked the idea that someone had a while ago of a map that showed where people are, if they wanted to give that info of course. I'd love to know where garden centres are too. Not sure if that's one for this site, but could perhaps add to advertising revenue if done subtlety so as not to annoy those who don't loke adverts. 

Thanks for asking though. Much appreciated!

Bee boxes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 09:51

The bees is my bird house have all gone now. Can't wait to open it up to see what they'd been up to but then I wonder if I should just leave it alone in case they return? First time with bees in the garden so sorry for daft question! Just wouldn't want to do anything to harm or upset them.


Posted: 31/07/2015 at 22:27

Charlie November - do one. You think it's appropriate to bring RAPE into a thread on here? You are a fruit loop. Offensive, sad and pathetic. Never mind the ignore button; you need sectionIng. 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 17:09


my superstars so far, all grown from Chiltern seeds this year, are:

First place - acroclinum rosebud double giant flower mix. Lovely strong pink flowers with tonnes of paper like petals and yellow middles. Long stems, lots of flowers per plants and long life in the vase.

Second place - Ami Majus. Lovely sprays of teeny tiny white flowers. Essential to mixed displays in the vase. Tonnes of flowers per plant. Very natural. I was dubious as thought it would be like Cow Parsley and it is, sort of, but much classier! Love it,


 Third Place - Iberis umbellata candy cane series. Pretty clusters of flowers of a gentle shade of purple. Good stem length. Tonnes of flowers per plant.

A new entry, flowering this morning, is Didiscus caeruleus. Gorgeous cluster of blue flowers. Lots of buds on the plants. Not picked it yet as only one flower but hoping that they will all come out soon. If they do they will be a contender for second place. Here's the one so fare.

 I've liked Mathiola too which are like stocks. Great scent but not many flowers per plants. 

Disappointments have been Double PomPom White Cosmos. Really raggy looking flowers and short like in the vase. Also, my verbena failed to germinate. I know it's a tough one to do from seed. I think that some of the seeds ive grown are for plants that won't flower until next year. 

Been a good year for sweat peas sown in autumn last year. The ones sown this year have been very slow for me though.

what are your stars?

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 19:24

Wow, your patch looks amazing Matty! It's certainly come on lots since your earlier photo. Are you pleased with it? What has been your star performer so far?

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