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Posted: 13/10/2013 at 07:33

Ours are the same - think the wet weather we've had here over the past two nights have brought out the worms and slugs so they're tucking in to those.  Same thing happened this time of year last year.  Last year ours didn't go into hibernation until December - they need the fallen leaves to build their hibernacula and the leaf-drop has hardly started.  I keep putting the food out for a good while yet - if they've not eaten it overnight I put it out for the birds.

We've found that when the leaves have fallen we see our hedgehogs out during the day gathering leaves - presumably because that's when they're dry - the leaves are quite wet overnight and a nest made of wet leaves wouldn't be warm and cosy.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 07:23

Oh drat and double drat - I just did a huge long post about our tomatoes this year and something happened and I lost it - I need another coffee!!!


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 06:58

Good morning Brumbull - I'm ready for my second cuppa - are you making ....?


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 06:43

Good morning all 

No expert, sorry, I was tucked up in bed early yesterday and missed your question.

I believe we established a good while ago that Tower Hamlets is the default location this forum gives to anyone whose ISP address is located outside the UK.  Not fantastic I agree, but I believe that this forum has taken off in a way not forseen by the GW magazine and it's publishers, and we do the best we can with it. 

A while back (earlier this year, or was it last?) we had a thread with a map on it where we could show our location - I wonder if any of us has the patience to find it and bring it back up to the top? 

One of the other idiosyncracies of this forum is the inability to pin anything to the top of the board - c'est la vie 

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 22:19

She maintains she always is - however Pa knows that he's sometimes right, but feels it's best not to tell Ma  


Posted: 12/10/2013 at 22:18

Well that's a relief! 

Lilies, cannas,,agapanthus amd the like.....

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 22:10

It's been a while since I grew lilies, but this year I grew a pot of Rio Negro - a wonderful deep black/red with an even deeper star in the centre - I would really recommend it, fantastic colour - and at least for me the Lily beetles seemed to ignore it.

I also grew a pot of Muscadet - a sort of stockier version of Stargazer - same wonderful perfume which it casts on the air just like Stargazer - ours was out on the terrace but I could smell it in here in the sitting room in the evenings if the dining room door was open.  Lovely - but the lily beetles did like this one. 


Posted: 12/10/2013 at 21:59

No expert - no they're not all dangerous - very few are really poisonous, but some can make you feel quite poorly and it's really unwise to eat any unless you really know what you're doing - and there are some that are bad for you raw but ok cooked.

I can identify a few well enough to feel safe eating them - ceps, chanterelles, puff balls, horse mushrooms, shaggy ink caps, parasols, wood blewit, beefsteak, chicken of the woods and honey fungus.  

Most of the others are edible but not really worth eating - a few are toxic.



Posted: 12/10/2013 at 21:52

Oh, I see - there was a cross-posting resulting in a mis-communication!!!  Could be a possible Columbo plot!!! 


Posted: 12/10/2013 at 21:50

Our expert told the Fly agaric story a little differently.  It is hallucinogenic, but it also has unpleasant effects on the gastric system.  The Lapps discovered that if the reindeer ate the mushrooms their urine would contain the hallucinogens which the Lapps could drink and 'enjoy' without the gastric upset.  Dr Leech said he understood that this practice has been more or less discontinued since the improved availability of strong vodka!

Don't think anyone said Fly agaric is good to eat 

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