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Ladybirds

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 00:46

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 A swarm of ladybirds (or bishy barnabies as we call them in Norfolk ) which occurred by the coast a few years ago. Theory was that these were immigrants flying in from Europe, but latest thinking seems to be that they a British insects, looking for new food sources, becoming trapped against the sea.

Mystery rose

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 22:09

Another option might be deep secret, a well scented ht. 

(I don't think that it is etoile de hollande as that has a drooping flower )

Shield Bugs

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 22:01

I am sure that they are not Hawthorn shieldbugs and believe that they are most likely to be Coreus marginatus, the Dock Bug. I don't think they will do a lot of harm.

Turf or seeding

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 01:11

The soil is warm and they moist autumn days are upon us. I would sow seed, but then I am a cheapskate. seriously though it is a good time to be sowing seed.

Weird Weeds

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 01:03

My small garden plays host to a silver birch, two hollies an elder and a mountain ash.

I didn't plant any of them.

If I had the room, I would let the oaks that the jays plant in my lawn grow as well.

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 00:55

Dahlias growing in pots are going to be vulnerable to freezing if left outdoors, and if the tubers freeze they will rot and die.

I leave my dahlias in the ground, mulch them well and hope for a mild winter.

If my dahlias were in pots I would wait until the first frost blackened the plant, cut them back to a few inches, put them on their sides to let any water in the hollow stems drain away and then store them somewhere frost free, keeping the compost pretty dry, until next year when they could be planted out after the threat of frost has passed. (If you have the space in a greenhouse/conservatory etc, you can bring them into growth earlier, but you cannot plant them out until the risk of frost has passed)

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 00:43

A local garden centre (which I find rather dear at the best of times) was selling off some Veronica gentianoides which had finished flowering, at half price. Bearing in mind that the original price was £8.99 that made them £4.49.

Another local nursery was selling the same plants, in larger pots and in flower at, you guessed it, £4.49.

(p.s. I bought an astrantia from them that had been reduced from £4.99 to 50p. Now that's value)

OK, who's got it?

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 00:34

We once had the local farmer deliver a trailer load of pig muck which was tipped on to the front garden. During the night, about a ton of it was stolen. In the morning we could see the wheel marks where the shit thief had barrowed it up the road 20 yards to a car trailer. Heaven knows how long it must have taken.

On a similar theme, a friend had a ton of sand delivered to lay some block paving but it vanished during the night. Next morning he traced the wheelbarrow track and split sand to a nearby block of flats. Entering the foyer, the tracks led to the lift.

What on earth was someone doing with a ton of sand in their flat??

Leaking Oak Barrel

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 00:10

Have you tried hammering the hoops down to tighten the joints. I find this works with properly coopered half barrels when I want them to hold water. using a hammer and piece of wood or metal I work around the barrel driving the hoops tighter.

honeysuckle won't flower

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 00:29

Do you know the variety? 

Honeysuckles usually flower on two year old wood and my 'Serotina' a late flowering honeysuckle is only now starting to show any buds.

Also if it growing prolifically, it may well be putting on leaf at the expense of flowers. As it matures t should start to flower.

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