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Plant recommendations

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:30

Hi Tina

 I recently put two variagated hollies in a couple of my pots. They are growing really well and have some lovely red berries. Nice and bright for dark winter months. I was hoping to grow them into standards but I actually quite like their current shape.

These were about £8 each so not a bad investment.


Not quite ripe seeds....

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:28

Thanks Welshonion.  I'll give it a go. They are from a beautiful deep red poppy that was growing by the road side when we went out on a bike ride today.  Would love it to grow in my wild area.

Not quite ripe seeds....

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 15:34

hello, does anyone know if these poppy heads will ripen now they are off the plant, so that I can plant the seed?




Posted: 01/10/2015 at 11:41

Good news round about where I live. Visited three garden centres to buy a hedgehog house and all three had sold out! One lady in the garden centre said that they'd had stock for four years and were lucky to sell one or two per year, but over the last month they've been snapped up.

ive ended up buying one from Amazon for £27 - wooden base and slate roof. Hoping it arrives soon!


England rugby

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 20:13

I thought their shorts were nice and I also enjoyed the singing! 

Japan to win 

Bird box where bees had been all summer....

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 17:19

Thanks Dove! How interesting!


wedding music

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 17:11

My other half wants the theme tune to Jaws on the way in and the theme tune to Steptoe and Son On the way out!

i love the idea of signed sealed delivered! 

I know you said non religion, ava Maria is beautiful (makes me cry every time)!

my boss had How Sweet it is To be loved by You which was nice (although she was a scary lady!)


Bird box where bees had been all summer....

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 17:05


we'd been advised to clear out our bird box having been lucky enough to have bees in it all summer. The bees have long since left (we thought).

When we opened it up it was full of garden debris and also some long cream tubes, which had what looked like a bright yellow / cream coloured maggot wriggling out of one. There is a whole cluster of these tubes and they have burrowed into the wood of the box. We also thought that we saw some movement in the debris, maybe a bee, so we have put it back together and put it back in the garden. 

Might bees be hibernating in there? Also, does anyone know what the maggot like things are? Much larger than a maggot in size.  We took some photos very quickly....

Burrowed into the wood....


Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 20:22

Doesnt quite do it justice but here goes...

 And earlier....


Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 20:05

Between 2.15 and 3am. I bet it's amazing where you are Jo47! 

So bright!  The sky seems particularly black too. I've never seen the moon so clearly. The grey bits against the cream are really defined. 

Is it over the hill yet pansy?

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