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by Monika
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Dragonfly
Replies: 8
Views: 268

Re: Dragonfly

They are not common in the north, Geoff, but are gradually spreading northwards. A few years ago people were really excited at the Heysham Nature Reserve (near Morecambe) when one turned up and we have seen one on the pond at our village Nature Reserve here. Lovely photo of a beautiful dragonfly!
by Monika
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Help Please
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Help Please

It means your garlic has bolted, probably from a stress (too cold, too hot, too dry?). You can still eat the bulbs but they won't attain full size and won't keep.The 'scapes' are said to be tasty, but I have never tried them. Some of my shallots are in a very similar state this year, Colin. Must be ...
by Monika
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Blind strawberries
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: Blind strawberries

Sounds like non-pollination to me. Have you tried playing at being a bee, viv? Going from flower to flower with a soft artists brush? That's what I used to do when we grew strawberries in the greenhouse. If, as you say, they really have "no centre", perhaps it's a growth problem like not e...
by Monika
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 228
Views: 7643

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Why what other colour of rain is there ,don't forget this is the industrial north
Ha, ha!

We DID get some rain today, all 2.5mm of it. At least it has dampened the atmosphere.
by Monika
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 228
Views: 7643

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

We have commented about the wealth of blossom this year (presumably, the colder winter temperatures ripened the wood and caused more blossom?), especially the bird cherries, hawthorns, both white and red and the rowans. And on the ground, our garden is a sea of colour at the moment. Just looking out...
by Monika
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 228
Views: 7643

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Lucky Geoff, it drizzled here half an hour ago for a very short time, then stopped. One of our offspring in Clapham, North Yorkshire, had a thunderstorm and heavy downpour and another offspring in Lothersdale, not that far from us, had a heavy downpour, but nobbut a trickle here ........
by Monika
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 228
Views: 7643

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Well, May is over and the total rainfall we have had is 17.2mm, just over half an inch! And another scorcher expected today. So this morning, it'll be another two hours spent watering the allotment ......
by Monika
Sun May 27, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 228
Views: 7643

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Still no rain here and none forecast for at least a week. I think this May is going to be one of the driest months ever. Trees and shrubs are ok because there will still be enough water in the deeper ground from earlier this year but I fear for a lot of the vegetables. Some brassicas have already di...
by Monika
Thu May 24, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Ornamental Container Plants
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Re: Ornamental Container Plants

Geoff, we have grown all the plants you mentioned but have not tried to keep all of them them over the winter except the helichrysum and argyranthemum. Our greenhouse is not frost free and the helichrysum survived so far and then succumbed, the argyranthemum was in a cool spare room, survived but wa...
by Monika
Wed May 23, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Annoying Tits
Replies: 27
Views: 1059

Re: Annoying Tits

I do like all your bird stories and you have my sympathies, if appropriate! After yesterday's messy episode in the house, we have decided to ignore the requests for food by the blackbirds. But I feel so guilty doing so because at the moment the ground is bone dry and where are those poor bird parent...
by Monika
Wed May 23, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 228
Views: 7643

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

That's really interesting, Plumpudding. My mother used lots of natural remedies for all kinds of ailments, including the ones you mention. Our cough mixture as children was produced by scooping out a cone-shaped hole from a turnip, mixing the bits with brown sugar, replacing it all into cone-shaped ...
by Monika
Wed May 23, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Butterflies everywhere
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: Butterflies everywhere

Just orange tip, green-veined white and occasional 'cabbage white' here at the moment, but our more common butterflies like speckled wood, wall brown, common blue don't usually turn up until late June and also the "pretty" ones like small tortoiseshell, red admiral, comma. I do love brimst...
by Monika
Tue May 22, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Annoying Tits
Replies: 27
Views: 1059

Re: Annoying Tits

Writing of annoying birds, we are at the moment being driven crackers by parent blackbirds. They, in turn, are badgered by their youngsters (of which there are lots about) and they dive bomb us for currants. This morning, a pair came into the backdoor, made their way into the hall and when my OH hea...
by Monika
Tue May 22, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 228
Views: 7643

Re: Glorious Spring Bits and Bobs.

Lucky you, Westi, getting some rain. I spent all morning watering on the allotment because everything is very dry. No rain here since 10 May and that wasn't much (just 14mm rain so far all May). We don't have taps on the allotment just a dipping trough but, luckily, we are well downhill from the tro...
by Monika
Tue May 22, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Butterflies everywhere
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: Butterflies everywhere

Sounds like a holly blue, Jeff. The male certainly has black at the outside edge of the blue wing when they are open. If you see the butterfly folded, the back are very pale blue, almost chalky white. Holly and Ivy are their caterpillar food plants.

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