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Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 16:46

I love my aconite's, and will certainly not be getting rid of them in the near future thanks all the same.  I taught my children to neither touch nor eat anything that was not approved by me, and we are all still here, so is my grandson whose mother is a gardener too.  I would like to know more about this poor mans death - I find it hard to believe he died after just brushing past the plant.  If so, then he had a severe sensitivity - as  I have to melon, which has tried to kill me on several occasions - so far it has not succeeded, and I avoid it like the plague it is for me, but I do not expect the fruit to be banned because of my unusual extreme sensitivity. 

By the by, many of the cardiac failures in people found in their gardens are just that, cardiac failures!  

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 17:44

Actually they probably would not like your sandwich all that much, unless you are eating worm sandwiches?

They can make your grassy areas rather an ankle trap if the burrows are left alone.  

Many years ago when I lived in a nice little terrace of houses, all of whose gardens were overrun with moles, we decided to put the hose running down 1 of our our mole hillsl - totally forgot it until the next morning when our next door neighbour by 2,  i.e 3 houses away, woke to found their garden flooded!  I admit we crept down and turned the water off and did not confess!  Mind, the moles didn't go either. 

Plant I/D

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 17:39

A glorious specimen of flowering yucca - is it in your garden or did you spot it being lovely somewhere? 

Arum maculatum, cuckoopint, lords and ladies

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 17:38

That, sadly, sounds very likely if you have not had extremely hot compost.  One of the reasons for not composting pernicious weeds! 

Arum maculatum, cuckoopint, lords and ladies

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 16:45

Indeed, like just about everything else they don't much like having their heads chopped off on a regular basis!  Keep hoeing every time you spot them, and dig up if and when you can. 

Funny really, it;s another one of those plants that is one persons horrendous weed, and another one someone can't get to grow no matter what.

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:14

Absolutely love the whirligig thing, that would give me hours of entertainment and might even get the furry rats to stop!!  Can I get it here?  Thanks a million for that.

Not so keen on electric shocks, as I'm not sure unite how green that is - but eventually I might be happy to try that too.

Not shooting anything here, thanks though.

Cayenne does not work here, tried it to the point it almost made me cry when I hung the feeder it was so strong.  Tried it dried, powdered and fresh - no go for these terrors..  Birds didn't notice (they can't taste it), the squirrel jumped the first time then just carried on as usual. 

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 15:45

Thank you to those who gave various suggestions regarding squirrels and the deterrence thereof.  Sliding down feeder covers don't work because squirrels soon learn to approach from above and not to to touch the perches so the covers don't close.  iI have used chilli, fresh, oil and raw until the seeds were bright red - it deterred them for about half an hour! I am tempted by the clear domes mentioned, but am unsure as to how I could affix them to the site where the feeder is.  Moving it is not an option if I want to see any birds who manage to make it there.  I'll examine that idea for the future - thank you. 

They certainly do not leave the bird feeder alone if they get fed, they just empty their feeder and then attack the birds one.  When I tried that I got through around 4 kilo's of peanuts in a day!  I can't keep that up even if I wanted to - and I don't, I'd rather they starved thanI  feed them, and it made no difference whatsoever to how much they took from the bird feeders.   I am experimenting with prickly foliage around the metal poles, they don't like it much but soon learn to get between the prickles.

Hate them tho' I do, you do have to give them 10/10 for persistence and cleverness!



squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:10

That's all I wanted really, just a chance to get some others on board!  Interesting about a horizontal line to hang the feeder from, I can't see any reason why they should not walk across it, but am certainly willing to give it a go - let's be honest - I'll try anything by now. 

Runnybeak, I am so glad we don't have moles as well - poor you, my friend invested in an electric sound maker which she says works, but I guess like me with the rats, you've tried it all?

Dave M.,  I'd love to try a shotgun but I'd probably shoot the neighbours, who are very nice people, and the chance of my hitting the squirrels is remote. I know they are an import, that makes it even worse somehow doesn't it? 

stepover trees

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:24

Wow, deeply impressed, hope you have great good luck with them - maybe a photo when they are in flower?

ID please

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:22

No need to get rid of it, just treat it with respect - don't eat it, and teach others to do the same.   If we get rid of all that is poison our how will anyone learn to deal with these plants when they occur in the wild?  They will not poison your veggies, and the plant is quite attractive, and the birds like it.  Learn to live with it I would say, and teach others to do the same. 

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