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Cat Friendly Plant Suggestions

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 23:14

Over the years I have taken in dozens of stray and dumped cats, and have noted that they tend to travel miles when they are on the prowl.  Whatever you plant - a cat will investigate all the neighbours gardens too so being overly careful seems a bit futile really.  They really do seem to have 9 lives.....not only that I have noticed that they mostly aim to poop in other peoples gardens, which is really great if you dont like the neighbours .  I had a cat called Boston, and caught him one day seemingly stuck in the pig wire fence between us and next door.  On closer inspection his front end was our side of the fence, and the rear end was depositing "manure" on their side.. I swear Boston had a grin on his face - luv im

What tree to plant?i

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:50

My favourite small tree is the Amelanchier (not too sure about spelling)  It wont get too big, and is interesting for most of the year.......

Large dip in garden

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:00

Oops - maybe that should have been

Large dip in garden

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 07:55

You may find this link useful

I have had this product installed by this firm as I have recently fostered small dogs for a rescue.  The grid on my pond fits just under the water level, and gives complete peace of mind.

Large dip in garden

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 00:09

Clay is a big problem.  I wonder if a "soakaway" would be a good idea.  I think it would involve a mini digger hire  - dig a big hole in the middle of the sunken area and fill it with rubble to give the water somewhere to go.    Alternatively, you could make a proper pond out of it and put a protective grid across the pond to enable wildlife to use it, but protect the children from any accident.  Good luck.

Unusual Cowslip seeding

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 21:58

I found some deep orange cowslips growing among my wild ones.....very pretty !  I have moved them to a special corner, and they have continued to seed orange - good result as far as I`m concerned...

Munstead, Hidcote or ................?

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:17

Hidcote is tough and quite tall, and has been a firm favourite in cottage gardens for years.  Munstead is rather shorter - and  is very easy to grow from seed.  One other that I`m fond of is Twickle Purple .  Some of the french lavenders are pretty too.   If in doubt, why not plant a variety - that would make a lovely feature.

Looking for plant suggestions

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 20:02

As long as you keep it pruned to the right shape, the silver green leaves of eleagnus ebingii might be a good idea behind the blue of the ceanothus.  It is a strong plant and evergreen.  It really comes into its own in  mid winter  when the tiny and insignificant white flowers send out a delicious scent - just when it`s needed.

My first Hedgehog inhabitant

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 19:51

There are several families of hedgehogs on my site, and they are wonderful animals - really help to keep the slugs down.  As I run a camping site, I have found it necessary to educate a few people who stay here about what NOT to feed them with.  So many of them still think bread and milk is the right diet, and this is NOT the case.   In the colder weather, and in very dry seasons we put out dog food for them - always removing dishes as soon as they finish feeding to keep the rats away.

We have some good friends locally who run a hedgehog and wildlife rescue, and as the year comes to an end, we watch out for little hedgies that might be under weight.  These little ones have no hope of surviving the winter without a little help.

Our little porkers get quite tame and cheeky, always in and out of the campers awnings for fuss and titbits !!!

Water plants for a wildlife pond

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 19:34

Not much to add to all the super advice already given, but as a warning dont be tempted to plant carex pendula.  The initial plant may look good, but it`s a thug, and seeds like crazy all over the place.  After 3 or 4 years I still have to have "dig and burn" sessions to try to get rid !!

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