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#1059340 - Sat Aug 16 2014 08:55 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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#1059344 - Sat Aug 16 2014 09:26 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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#1059345 - Sat Aug 16 2014 09:45 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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Oh, I love those hoverflies having their meeting. grin Getting three of them to stay still while you took their picture is nothing short of miraculous.

As for morning glory... many years ago I worked in a university which was trying to get funding for some engineering research and we were told that some Japanese visitors were coming from one of their car companies to see if we could do a joint venture. One of my friends was involved in the negotiations and he was particularly excited as the Japanese are known to present gifts to their hosts. He had even ordered in some Scotch whisky so that he and our other "officials" could offer gifts in return. The day of the visit arrived and my colleagues and I were all placing bets on what presents the men from the car company would bring, a model car? a real car? The excitement mounted. Anyway, the Japanese came and went, and we all rushed to ask what gift my friend had got. He looked a bit sheepish, then from his desk drawer he produced... a tiny clay pot and a morning glory seed. It seems the plant is prized quite highly in Japan and we could only hope that the visitor who got a bottle of malt in return thought he'd received a gift of equal value. However it was as much as we could do to stop my friend from breaking open another bottle in order to drown his sorrows - it wasn't the idea of drinking it we minded, just the knowledge that he'd have to pay for it and that morning glory seed was already the most expensive one ever!
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#1059380 - Sat Aug 16 2014 12:01 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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Please don't mention bindweed! I have been fighting it all summer this year. I've got weed membrane, stones on top and it still comes through. I tried that weedkiller that you dab on the leaves so it doesn't affect anything else, I swear I could hear the stuff laughing as it shrugged off the effects and grew another couple of feet.

I agree Chavs, even the wild white form is pretty when it flowers, and the bees love it. Perhaps I should just give up and accept it for what it is, a native wildflower, and just make sure it doesn't completely stifle everything it gets near.

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#1059387 - Sat Aug 16 2014 12:42 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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I've purchased and planted morning glory seeds. I like them but they were killed off by my English ivy.

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#1059402 - Sat Aug 16 2014 01:22 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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Chris, I've sent you a note about noxious chemicals over on Quizzyland. Given the car fumes there are in Essex with all those BMWs, a few more additives will hardly be noticed! wink
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#1059419 - Sat Aug 16 2014 03:48 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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From the rain yesterday. smile


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#1059421 - Sat Aug 16 2014 04:02 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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#1059455 - Sat Aug 16 2014 06:43 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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My entry into the busy bee thread:

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#1059470 - Sun Aug 17 2014 01:50 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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A nesting little shag, is this a sign that Spring is approaching? smile


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#1059473 - Sun Aug 17 2014 02:41 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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Eric the Half-a-Bee?
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#1059483 - Sun Aug 17 2014 08:11 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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It is pleasing to see and hear that so many of you have bees , when there is so much talk of their disappearance.
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#1059534 - Sun Aug 17 2014 10:43 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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There has been a ban here on a certain type of pesticide which was thought to be affecting the bees, and this year there have been a lot more of them around, butterflies as well. Even though they pesticide company are lobbying hard to get the ban lifted at the moment it is still in place and hopefully will continue. There is ongoing research into the effect it has on bees and other insects. There seem to have been more ladybirds, crickets, hoverflies, all the flying insects in fact, this year.

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#1059661 - Sun Aug 17 2014 06:12 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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When I decided to grow climbers up some of the skeletal remains of my old shrubs, I decided on Black-eyed Susans for one poor bush which had been left with stark, blackened branches by the cold winter of 2012/13 - I thought the combination of dead wood and bright flowers would look good. So, just like the buddleia on the opposite side of the garden, the shrub decided it wasn't going to be dead after all and is now covered in leaf and flowers which in turn have completely overwhelmed poor Susan. Unless you climb under the shrub to find these:

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#1059685 - Sun Aug 17 2014 07:42 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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A plane coming into land at Heathrow, they were doing a few per minute.

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#1059712 - Mon Aug 18 2014 02:16 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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The entrance to Braunfels Castle near Limburg in Germany though in this case I had just exited at a time of day that will remain a mystery... smile


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#1059716 - Mon Aug 18 2014 03:49 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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Ooh Howie I love that doorway!
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#1059721 - Mon Aug 18 2014 04:25 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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It is magnificent!

No bees but we did have clouds.


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#1059722 - Mon Aug 18 2014 04:27 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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Aaah MotherGoose, it's been so long since I've heard mention of Eric!

Half a bee, philosophically, must ipso facto half not be..... apparently one of John Cleese's favorite sketches.

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#1059741 - Mon Aug 18 2014 08:40 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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Lovely entrance, Howie!



From my grandmother's garden. Don't know what it is though.
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#1059760 - Mon Aug 18 2014 10:47 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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It's lovely. smile I think it's a Cosmos, of which there are several species. That might be a Cosmos sulphureus, originally from Central America. I've grown some from seed this year which are now in bud so I'm waiting to see what colour(s) I get.
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#1059766 - Mon Aug 18 2014 11:35 AM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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It is lovely, could be a Cosmos yes, certainly looks as though it's from that family. Bet you get pink, deep pink and white flopsy, that's what I always get from Cosmos seeds.

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#1059826 - Mon Aug 18 2014 03:05 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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When your village doesn't have many shops, you'd better be well stocked.
Not quite 'Arkwright's Emporium' but not far off!

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#1059876 - Mon Aug 18 2014 05:09 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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Aaah MotherGoose, it's been so long since I've heard mention of Eric!

Half a bee, philosophically, must ipso facto half not be..... apparently one of John Cleese's favorite sketches.


I'm glad somebody got the reference ( smilee). I watched far too much Monty Python when I was young (and still do).
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#1059879 - Mon Aug 18 2014 05:48 PM Re: August Photo a day Thread
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Here's a bumblebee crawling into a bunny rabbit's mouth! Eek!



(Bunny rabbit is what British children often call antirrhinum flowers - when they're not calling them snapdragons.)
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