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Feathered Friend

Posted: Today at 00:30

A pair of magpies stole my lunch today whilst I was doing a tidy up.  Watched them scoff my cut up into bite sized pieces ham and cheese roll from a distance, have themselves a drink and then they sat and watched me watching them!

Blue tit fledgling advice

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:37

Thanks for comment on the pic Dove.  I get about 1 in 5 in focus as they are so fast!  But it's fun.  I could watch birds for hours.

We've had no fledglings of any kind (Edinburgh) so far this year in the garden.  Behind on last year when there was a nice mix around the garden.  I'm hoping to see some soon.  Lovely to see the other photos of fledglings.  It's so uplifting.

Dicentra spectabilis

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:19

Many thanks everyone.  

Will ensure it has good fresh compost around it and hope for some self-seeding and will leave it to do it's thing.

Fairygirl - I agree on the preference for white which I would have bought at the time had I found any locally.  My caring commitments limit time away from the house so I don't go far to seek out plants.  I hope all the same that I will get some seedlings - I love the foliage before it shrinks back into the ground.

ID but maybe a difficult one?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:00

Drumroll for Andy.....

Looked up my plant list for 3 years ago and 2 x Hydrangea 'Limelight' seem to have gone AWOL. 

I think these two mystery plants must be them.   A neighbour sprayed something over the fence last year and I now remember their leaves turned brown and I chopped them to ground level, soaked them with buckets of water and forgot about them as plants in front of them were tallish and obscured them as they never came into growth.  Which is why they don't appear in any of my last year's garden photos - because when they ARE in growth they are very tall.

I'm not sure I was really fond of them - which I hate to admit.  I think I subconsciously made myself forget them!!!!  I'll put them in tubs and see if this is the answer to the mystery.  I agree the leaves don't look typically hydrangea - but as there are two of them and I've never had a Philadelphus - I think these have to be the 'Limelight's.

Thanks so much for the responses everyone.  Will be interesting to see if they turn out as expected.

ID but maybe a difficult one?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 04:10

Couple of weeks ago I did a tidy up aiming to dig out perennials, dig in manure and the transplant them.  Took 3 days but got it all done (it's a very small garden).  But, I'm left with two plants which I can't identify and having looked at photos of the garden last year - I can't see them or identify them.

For the moment, as I seem to have no space left to plant them in, I have them sitting in buckets with just some water at the roots.  They look a bit like fuchsia - but I don't recall having little fuchsia bushes.  They're not tiny and they look shrubby - but I just cannnot find them in any photographs.

Can anyone recognise what they might be from a photo of the stage they are at now?  I'm very tempted to bin them but I hate wasting plants.  I'm at that life stage now where I seem to be forgetting the names of things far too often.  I don't even want to pot them up in case they're something for ericaceous -though again I just can't remember.  If they're fuchsia then I can just pot them in multi-p Innes but I'm hesitating hoping my brain will have a sudden flash of recognition - but it's been quite a few days now and the lightbulb hasn't come on.

Dicentra spectabilis

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 03:50

!  I have a lovely Dicentra which has been in a large clay pot for 4 years and had reached 4ft in height and about 2ft spread.  It looked lovely, beautiful shape with a lot of flowers.

But - being a complete plonker - I decided last week to take it out of the pot and put it in a bed where there was a big gap and where it would look good.  Yes - I should have thought about this before it had come up this year to it's full height!  But there you go - that's how I roll!

I soaked it for a day in the pot, dug a huge hole in the flower bed and then did that delicate attempt to remove it from the pot without breaking the stems and gently lowering it into the hole I'd dug for it.  Looked great.

I then turned around to get my trowel to back-fill the hole and in so doing I fell backwards and my backside crushed the Dicentra.   The scramble trying to get back on my feet took care of ruining a few more flowered delicate stems. 

Now, I have a planted Dicentra still with a few flowering stems intact - but it's half the size it was and looks like it's just survived a surprise attack.

My question is - it was in full flower and every year when it has come up I've always just left the flowering arms to die off at their own pace.  I've never known if it would produce more flowers if I cut the dying ones off.  If I attempt now to tidy it up it's a funny shape now!) - is it likely to produce any more flowers on the same stem at this time of year - or is that it for the season now?

The poor thing which was a beautiful shape looks sorry now but the foliage is healthy and I'm not sure if it can be made to produce any more flowers.  It certainly deserves to be in a major huff!  I sit on the bench nearby and every time I look at it it seems to give out hateful vibes in my direction as if to say 'WHY did you do this to me?'  I'm sure it's sulking.

Blue tit fledgling advice

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 03:12
aym280 says:

ecokid: Crikey, you managed to take a photo of a blue tit. It's very difficult to photograph them. Today, I saw one darting here and there and I just could not capture it. Very elusive but beautiful bird!

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aym280 - I know what you mean about trying to photograph these lightning fast bluetits.  I recently upgraded to a decent camera and am just learning to use it - I've always wanted to capture one of those great 'in flight' shots of a bluetit.  No such luck yet.  My best chances have come from watching where they fly to just before they go to the bird pole.  My last year's Christmas tree, which I meant to saw up, is still lying against a fence and I've left it there as the birds always land on it before going to the feeders on the bird pole.  They seem to ponder there a few seconds before hitting the feeder and so I manage to get some 'still' photos if I'm patiently waiting for them.  Otherwise - they're just maddeningly fast gymnasts who test my patience!  But great fun to watch.

Last edited: 24 May 2016 03:13:32

rose issues

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 02:49

This Spring, I didn't manage to prune my new roses which were planted in tubs last year and year before last.  Only this last fortnight have I managed to get into the garden and they are all leggy - thinner than a  pencil, bar one which I've transplanted into a bed - dark red leaved thick-stemmed 'National Trust' red rose.

I thought it was too late this year to prune them down and have summer blooming, so I only pruned about 6" off the top as some already had buds.  They were sold as 'climbers' but the same roses are often described as 'bush'.  I have lazily decided they can be left as 'climbers' and I've bent the stems horizontally as far as the stems could be arched down.   I replaced the top couple of inches with fresh compost, gave a good granular rose feed and watered in and then mulched with a few inches of horse manure.  They look happy enough - just long thin stemmed.  I had hoped the stems I arched over horizontally and tied in might produce some vertical shoots - but at this late stage perhaps that's wishful thinking!   One, in a bed, had grown so spindly tall but has lots of buds - that I've just 'plunked' (!) an obelisk over it and tied the stems in and thought I'd prune them all as normal next year - just to save the buds on then already this year.

I assumed May was too late to prune them down to two thirds - and thought that as they are so young to my garden that I ought not to prune them at all this year anyway.

I'm not sure whether to leave them as I have them now or whether to just prune them all down now.  I don't want to lose the early blooms on the repeat bloomers.

I always thought I would be a bit of a risk with roses!  But they are so very lovely when they bloom - which is how you get drawn in!!!


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 02:28

Thanks GD2.  I must save some seedheads this autumn and try.  My favourites are 'Leonard's Variety' but they all seem to have disappeared this year and been overrun with my other favourite 'Lemon Drops'.  My tall orangey ones I think were Princes Julianne from planting in 2012 - they are hugely tall, but a stunning colour.  I've planted a couple of Lady Stratheden this year so will try also to get some seedheads from them.  They haven't flowered yet.

Last edited: 24 May 2016 02:30:23

ID would be great

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:20

Hurrah!  Thanks so much Dove and punkdoc.  I knew you'd get me back in the zone. x

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