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Posted: 24/12/2014 at 13:47

Hear, hear

I got lucky last night...

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 13:46

The big greenhouse (relatively speaking) has had no heating yet, and open doors when dry enough.  The little plastic seed tray one got blown over twice so we have taken it down and put the bits in the garage till the next growing season gets under way. 

Happy seasons greetings to all

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 13:44

Whatever you celebrate around this time of year, may you all be happy, blessed and joyful - and looking forward to Spring. 

Waterproof Garden Shoes

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 15:21

Indeed - and I guess he could have white or red wellies according to his taste - good idea!

Waterproof Garden Shoes

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 15:09

I loved that, but somehow I doubt the present Pope could get a new pair of shoes for the equivalent of 200 lire!!

Bossy Birds!

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 09:30

I'm afraid I have upset all the birds which normally come to our feeders!!  Our previously huge fig tree offered cover and convenient perching near the feeder pole - but it got hugely overgrown as I had been unwell and unable to prune it for a year or two.  Now it is cut right back and the feeders are too exposed!   The birds do pop in for a quick bite and are then gone, rather than lots of them sitting around happily - oh dear, I hope they will forgive me when the fig begins to grow again in the Spring.

The other feeders in an obelisk I have had to give up temporarily because of the squirrels.  Doesn't matter what I do, from various 'squirrel proof ' feeder (which aren't) to prickles on the obelisk bars, to addition to the feed - nothing has helped - they can get through a good kilo of feed a day if I put it out.  I am hoping to do something with chicken wire to cover it - I assume that any hole around the same size as a nest box hole will allow the little birds in, and possibly, though not probably, keep the squirrels out - we will see!

Shrub ID

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 18:00

Let's hope so - though probably over this weekend all the birds will do their Christmas shopping & leave us with no indoor berries!!

Shrub ID

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 17:49

You may get your cotoneaster berries indoors this year, as it has been so warm the birds are not particularly hungry yet.  Very few of my, usually by now stripped, shrubs have had any berries taken - and those that have I suspect squirrels rather than birds.  


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 17:45

Don't bother with chilli, pepper, onion, soap, chicken wire that allows a squirrel head to get through, feeders with slides that go over the seed feeder - they learn to hold those up, they can and will get into everything!!  Any hole a bird can get through, so can a squirrel. We moved here 18 years ago, since when I have been fighting the squirrels.  All my bulb pots are covered with holly, berberis, wire etc., they have still dug out some of the bulbs.  They get through up to a kilo of bird seed a day if I put it out - believe me, I've tried the lot.  I've had free gifts from the sellers of squirrel proof feeders when I've sent them pictures of the creatures inside their feeders, or happily eating from them.  At this point it is squirrels 1, me 0 - but I expect I shall go on fighting the good fight!  I love feeding the birds, but have as yet found no way to stop the squirrels.  There were 5 very fat ones on the grass the other day, I guess my bulbs that I hoped to naturalise won't stand a chance.  I do have two tulip boxes under wire and prickly plants that they've not opened yet, but it has not been that cold so I think they're not that hungry yet.

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 20:03

Phillipa 2, Hi, I loved melons too, until they tried to kill me!! I note that of late cucumbers are beginning to also make my throat swell, a great pity but not too surprising as they are the same family!  


people just need to be sensible - the nanny state is really getting rather ridiculous! How did the human race survive the last couple of million years without people being told what to do ……….

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