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Posted: 14/06/2014 at 09:56

Last I heard, they're carnivorous, so mealworms and cat meat are the best options, and as mentioned water not milk however much they like the taste.

They actually eat earthworms, beetles and the like by preference, and only eat slugs if they can't find enough worms and beetles. Slugs can contain lungworm, which is a really nasty way for a hedgehog to die, so they're better off not eating them.

Given that ASDA have Sheba rabbit at £5.50/kg, Amazon are selling "cat food meaty medley" at £2.90/kg, Tesco have kitekat megamix at £1.13/kg and mealworms from livefoods cost £12.01/kg, I might recommend the cat food.


. o O ( Kite kat? A can on a string that you can fly in a wind? )

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 09:47
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

It's hard to choose one star this morning. William Shakespeare rose, I only bought it this spring, very small, looked in need of a home and now look at it! A blue salvia that flowers all summer, covered with bees. A red Sweet William which the photo doesn't do justice to. It really shines out.


Damned colour correction, eh? It's hard to get a good detail picture of a deep red flower. In extreme cases, the trick is to zoom out and photograph the flower and something grey, then use photo software's "actually this bit here is grey" function to fix the colours, then crop it down to the flower. Pain. In. The. Neck.



hogweed wrote (see)

It's got to be Cornus kousa flowering its socks off!

That is a lot of flowers!

As it rained last night and this morning, the roses on the fence chose today to open. Photograph taken from under my hat:

 I wouldn't want the elder to feel left out, so here it is:

 That was a bare trunk in November 2011 or 2012. This autumn it'll be a berry feast for the birds.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 07:01
LesleyK wrote (see)

Charlie do you know the name of the lily 4th pic down.  Beautiful. 

I think that's "Royal Sunset" but it's been a while.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 20:44

Even the ground elder wants to get into this thread!


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:45

Those salvia and delphinium are both awesome shades of blue.

You know we're supposed to be logging bee sightings this year to scientists know how many there are?


My garden decided to call me a liar. I said the elder was the star, and the elder is still impressing me with its determination to feed every hoverfly in Yorkshire, but ...

Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin' from Bluebell Nursery, a replacement for a rose from Homebase that didn't make it. So far, I've got 6 out of 10 Homebase roses looking alive, with one suddenly getting tall and trying to flower and ...

 ... two of those from Bluebell.


 I've been squashing lily beetles on the wall where I put a little bird food each morning for months now, hoping the birds will learn to eat them. Much less damage this year than last.

My well-established "climbing" rose from Homebase, several years old, plus some brambles:

 Also some birds, but they don't sit still for close-ups like that.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:11

Arise, thread! Arise from your archive!

Last week's star: line of pink delphiniums in front of the Star Of Persia that were fading away ... or rather turning to seed-heads in huge numbers.

This week's star is actually the elder tree, because it smells beautiful.

Next week's star will probably be the climbing rose at the front, because it's got two buds opening now out of 44 ready to bloom. I shall try to get good pictures.

I don't believe it.

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 11:39

There's a significant amount of gunk that comes out of a 2" leopard slug when it's squished, too.


Well, it was pretty significant when it was in my sock. How that thing got into my bedroom doorway I do not know, but I do know that I was not pleased.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 19:17
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Charlie November, are the canoeing ones in the Gorges d'Ardeche? I took my grown up children canoeing there a few years ago, before they all got married and started producing grandchildren.

We did three days on the Tarn, then two on the Ardeche. The pictures are from two cameras, so they got a bit mixed up. The natural arch (Pont d'Arc) and the camping at definitely Ardeche, and the views upriver over the weir and downriver from the same high bridge on page 2 are the top of the Ardeche route, then there's evening drinks on the balcony behind the Auberge du Moulin in Ste Enimie, which is definitely on the Tarn, so I think that's the switch. The slide down a weir is on the Tarn, at the end of day 1, coming back to town. I think the square chalet in the background with a woman taking a drink of water in the front of a canoe in the foreground was the start of day 3 on the Tarn. Castelbouc is on the Tarn @44.3387654,3.4648814 and Pas de Soucy is the part of the Tarn we didn't do, between days 2 and 3.


Oh, yes. The boats! Two days in green boats then one in yellow boats on the Tarn, then red boats on the Ardeche. That's how you know which river it was. I'd forgotten.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 18:57
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Steve=what lovely pix - and thanks for showing that it doesn't  rain all the time in the west of Scotland...

Well, yeah, we knew that. Sometimes it snows.

Then there are those rare, special, warm, still, dry days in summer, when it midges.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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