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Latest posts by Tootsietim

bee flies

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 18:04

Bee flies 'bombyliidae' often seen around primroses in early spring. several different species occur and are generally identified by the wing patterns, veination. The most commonly seen is Bombylius major.

primroses are adapted to be cross-pollinated by bee flies, with both pin eyed and thrum eyed types of flower held on seperate plants. I implore people to look closely at their primroses and see the differences from plant to plant in the arrangement of stigma and anthers.



Weeds ID

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 17:42

Looks rather like a parsnip, is it a wild parsnip ? I don't know how common this is.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 18:53

Have tried to keep out of the garden today so as not to tinker anymore until the plants have had a chance to settle down since the last time I tinkered.

So I restricted my urges to a little gentle weeding, thinning, planting out and potting up a new Hosta 'Big Mama'.

I am now trying to work out wether my 'sunny border' at the foot of a south facing wall is in fact sunnier (as it gets afternoon shade from the house) than my woodland shade garden that is now getting a serious scorching from the afternoon sun.

Gardeners World

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 18:45

Given that the gardening is now repeated on sundays, the Beeb could have made the programme as normal and then just shown the repeat, (always assuming that you can have a repeat of a programme that wasn't actually shown) 

I suspect the reason that Gardeners' world is off air during the snooker, is that the BBC have only a limited number of camaramen/women who are skilled in filming a rectangle of closely mown green while the experts wander around doing a bit of potting.

Anenomes ?

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 22:54

If you are growing anemones from the dormant corms, are you soaking them first.

When I plant anemone blanda I usually presoak them for 24 hours just to kickstart them. It seems to help.

blue butterfly

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 22:50

You think right, that's a Holly Blue. This time of year they mostly lay their eggs on holly, but later in the year ( second brood I think) then lay predominately on Ivy.

Always nice to see.

Small urban garden......

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 20:00

Too dense a planting with evergreen trees often has the effect of closing in a garden and making it appear smaller as well as darker.

My suggestion would be a small screen of silver birch trees which give dappled shade, provide a level of privacy in the summer when the garden is most likely to be used and attract a wide range of wildlife. Being only semi solid, you can look through them which gives a sense of space.

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:49

I considered purchasing some of Sarah Raven's seeds this spring but was put off by the price.

I find that a lack of information isn't restricted to seeds with many plant labels giving at best cursory or generic cultivation advice.

repositioning brocolli

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:35

Assuming that these are plants that grew last year and are cropping now or are about to crop then I would not be moving them now. The shock to the plant would not do it a lot of good at this late stage. I still have a couple of plants alongwith some curly kale in my front garden and am just working around them for now.

As much as I adore purple sprouting brocolli, its big drawback is the fact that it takes up space for more than 12 months. For that reason I often grow a few in the flower borders.


wildlife pond, with a cat...

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 19:26

The only thing I would suggest is to plan in such a way as to avoid there being any dense planting in which the cat could lurk near any shallow areas where birds may drink or bathe. This is often done by digging the rear of the pond deeper where it will be in the border or whatever planting is required, and then sloping the front edge to leave the shallows by the lawn.


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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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