London (change)
Today 33°C / 19°C
Tomorrow 24°C / 18°C

Woodgreen wonderboy

Latest posts by Woodgreen wonderboy

Pesky flies!

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:56

Good point, thanks WB.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:53

Actually not asleep, but having a running battle with Local MP over future of rural post offices, against the background of the privatisation of Royal Mail.

1. Sent email to register my opposition to the privatisation and my fears about local post offices.

2 As expected got standard answer, probably produced by Central Office and sent to everyone complaining. No mention of post offices.

3. Sent new email asking for specific response to my post office Qs

4. reply "noted" my email.

5. Sent third email stating I wasn't surprised at the first "standard" response but I was very unhappy that my post office point reained unanswered ( I am involved with the village PO which runs at a loss, only subsidised by the regular shop business... over the years we have lost pensions, TV liceneces and Road Fund licences).

6. Reply mistakenly claimed I had suggested PO was for sale as is RM. Also sent copy of article in local paper about PO. Still no attempt to answer my specific Qs

7. Sent further email detailing the challenge for rural POs and reminding him that he is MP for a largely rural constituency and asked what specifically is he going to do about this problem?

so far silence, perhaps I have struck a chord. So far "off" and "fobbed" come to mind, so why should I not persist for a bit longer?


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:36

I am asleep on sofa... this is an automatic response...

allium seeds !

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:34

How long from sowing to flower? The average allium bulb is huge, suggesting you may have to wait a bit before you actually get flowers. I appreciate bulbs are not cheap, but I want results the year I plant them.

Pesky flies!

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:26

I would place the light outside at ground level by the open door. Moths would be attracted but hopefully not to go inside. Will look into the fly screen idea but am reluctant to drill into the structure to secure the blinds. Thinking caps back on.....

Pesky flies!

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 19:57

Thanks waterB. but there is no window in the roof which is the main problem. lots of windows and door to let them , but they go up and can't get out. 

My only idea is to place a bright light at ground level outside the open door to lure them out at night. Do you think this might work?

Whats your plans for next year.

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 19:00

Good idea, should flower simultaneously and good colour combination too.

Whats your plans for next year.

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 17:56

Mostly more of the same, having settled on a layout and planting scheme over the years. My garden has evolved over 14 years and I am conscious that it is relatively maintenance heavy. So, I ought to be simplifying it and reducing the work involved. In practice I do the opposite, and one idea I have is to dig out a new bed for the large number of agapanthuses ( should that be agapanthi?) I have bought/collected over the years and which are now in pots. Needs a sunny spot. May add some orange crocosmia as well.

Pesky flies!

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 17:47

I have a new greenhouse and I have had a particularly unpleasant problem which I did not expect to have to deal with. Lots, and I mean LOTS, of flies come into the GH and can't find their way out. They eventually die and create a nasty mess all over. It's really rather horrid, not least for the insects, which includes bees, butterflies and moths.

Does anyone have any bright ideas of what to do. Fly paper wouldn't cope with the large numbers and the design of the GH ( square with a high apex) doesn't allow their escape.   


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 11:48

How about erigeron a plant with small daisy flowers all summer long that seeds around into my gravel drive where there is absolutely NO soil. Small sedums, echiveras and saxifrages also. Alpines are my new love but I am still learning and there is lots I don't yet know. Growing them in slate would look fantastic.

Discussions started by Woodgreen wonderboy

"The Blues"

Replies: 30    Views: 818
Last Post: 30/04/2015 at 08:13

Pittosporum from seed

Replies: 3    Views: 430
Last Post: 15/11/2014 at 09:45

Frikartii Monch

Replies: 3    Views: 328
Last Post: 07/10/2014 at 10:29

When should I plant Phlox

Gardening conundrum 
Replies: 5    Views: 418
Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 17:46

Overwintering Gazanias

Replies: 9    Views: 2639
Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 18:06

Gardening quiz

Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
Replies: 16    Views: 1170
Last Post: 30/11/2013 at 14:08

Pesky flies!

Replies: 12    Views: 934
Last Post: 20/09/2013 at 12:57

Talkback: How to harvest sweetcorn

They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
Replies: 4    Views: 407
Last Post: 21/09/2013 at 08:22

Camassias from seed

Replies: 1    Views: 512
Last Post: 03/07/2013 at 08:39

Where can I buy moss in Hampshire

Replies: 3    Views: 1165
Last Post: 17/06/2013 at 15:44 unintended trial

Replies: 15    Views: 930
Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 16:34

Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

Replies: 46    Views: 2708
Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 12:39

Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

Replies: 39    Views: 2011
Last Post: 26/06/2013 at 08:34

Gaillardia death

Replies: 10    Views: 959
Last Post: 23/05/2013 at 06:58

Encouraging young gardeners

Replies: 27    Views: 1392
Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 22:15
1 to 15 of 21 threads