Berghill


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Hellebores

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 15:15

So, it is that time of year when the Hellebore x hybrids 'need'


the old stems removing.


I put  need in '' as I wonder if it is really necessary. We have well over 1,000 Hellebores in the garden and it takes a humongous amount  of back breaking time cutting them back.


So I was just wondering. What do you think?


I know about Hellebore Black Death etc so no need to dwell on that.

Snowdrop /squirrel food ?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 17:41

Up to a few weeks ago we have not had squirrels in the garden. Now we have one and so I shall keep a close eye on our 'drops.


Must admit that I have always thought that Snow drops are toxic to all mammals.

Snowdrop /squirrel food ?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 15:34

Quote from Suttons


Although snowdrop bulbs are poisonous to humans it seems that squirrels are immune and can often be spotted rummaging for snowdrops in woodland.


 

What to do with dug up turf

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 20:28

I would say about 12 months to be fully broken down. If the turf is wet when you do it then covering speeds up the process. Covering very dry turf would slow it down.

What to do with dug up turf

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 17:36

Book says grass to grass then soil to soil, but otherwise, yes leave it to rot down into fine top soil.

A mouse in the house

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 20:32

House mice and rats are not very nice critters. They use their urine as scent trails. They both urinate and defecate on food stuffs and surfaces. Sadly you have to bite the bullet and deal with them. 


They can also be very expensive as they have been known to chew through electricity cables in the roof space and cause fires.


We had to have our living room replastered because one escaped to behind a bookcase. When I moved the bookcase to get at the mouse, the plaster on the wall fell off.

Problem Trees

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 20:41

We cleared an area like this here, garden fork and a strong back!

Spectacles help please 👓

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 17:42

Agree. I have used them for many years. Never had any trouble other than scratching the lens and having to have  both lens changed as they could not re-cover one lens the same exact shade as the undamaged one.


As said they do not react inside the car.

Wot no Snowdrops?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 20:44

Snowdrops are not usually eaten by most creatures, They are poisonous to most of them.

Confusing advice in GW mag

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 16:07

Though what puzzles me is that the hedges round here which have lots of wild plums and greengages in them are cut at what is supposed to be the worst time for pruning them and yet the hedges do not seem to get Silver leaf.

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