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guymondo said in 5-18-2007 @ 10:02:34    

I’ve just seen an infestation of those Dr Who bugs in a house in Hackney. Would love to know what it is when you find out.

Hope to see you for Leeds Castle.

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mooneye said in 5-18-2007 @ 14:25:05    

Bird and tree books? What? No Ant and Bee books? Well, I never!

I think the spiky blue flower is a cornflower, but I may be mistaken. Check this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:CentaureaCyanus-bloem-kl.jpg

I’ll be back!

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Paul said in 5-18-2007 @ 14:48:24    

Great photos! What camera are you using? I need to buy one.

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David Wenk said in 5-23-2007 @ 11:43:09    

Thanks guys – I think the two beetles are both ladybirds, just at different stages of maturation. Re: the cornflower, it might be Centaurea cyanus but I’m guessing it’s Centaurea montana, the perennial cornflower. And Paul, the camera is a Canon PowerShot A80 – still doing well considering it’s about three years old.

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Richard said in 5-25-2007 @ 13:21:49    

Hi David, I look after the gardens, the “bottle brush” is Persicaria bistorta “Superba”

under the peonies is a hardy Geranium, there are many in the border but it looks like G. cinereum.

regards

Richard.

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David Wenk said in 5-25-2007 @ 14:02:42    

Thank you Richard! Have altered the captions to include the new information.

Are you familiar with dock pudding, and can you make it from this kind of bistort?

David

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Richard said in 5-25-2007 @ 22:34:31    

not heard of dock pudding, as for making it with that according to google that’s the one to use (although Superba is a garden cultivar).. doesn’t sound very appetising though, better off in the Bell 😉

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