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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:21

I love Gt Dixter - we visited in late summer which was a fabulous time to see the plantings - I still enjoy looking at the photos I took (pre digital days so it was that long ago - must be about 15 years ago - time to go again 

The house is well worth a visit too!


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:14

Just checked the BBC news website - there have been floods in other parts of Norfolk - hope Snoodle's ok - think her area may be susceptible 


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:10

Morning Clari 

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:09

I'd start with a wildlife pond 


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 07:01

Good morning all   It's gorgeous here today with blue skies, bright sunshine, freshly watered gardens and full water butts.  No storms, just steady rain in the night.  Hope no one has been flooded 

OL get that foot checked out - I once did a similar thing and waited for ages before discovering it was getting worse rather than better - it then took much longer to mend than it would have done had I got it seen to pronto!!!

Don't think there's a problem with random addresses appearing online - after all the phone book's full of them.  Addresses with other bits of personal info might be a problem if the person isn't aware, but as has been said Woody already opens his gardens to the public 

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 19:53

We put out food for hedgehogs every summer evening and enjoy sitting out and watching them - staying up late occasionally to watch hedgehogs will surely be fine   Also learning to recognise hedgehog poo left on the lawn as a clue in the morning that they've been about.

Keeping a hedgehog diary might be fun - and then make sure there's lots of dry leaves left in the garden for the hedgehogs to build a hibernaculum, and recording when they were last active in the garden in the autumn, and watching out for the first signs of activity in the spring - won't that make them real enough?


Posted: 20/07/2014 at 19:43

That's the male flower - it will soon develop pollen.  Further down on the stem the beginnings of a cob or two will form and you'll see silky tassels emerging from the top of the cob. They are the female flower.  

When the breeze blows  the pollen from the male flowers will fall onto the tassels of the female flowers -  this will fertilize the female flowers and produce your lovely juicy cob.  When the silky tassels have turned dark brown (looking a bit like loose tobacco) your corn on the cob is ready to eat 

By the way, they need plenty of water at this stage - keep the soil nice and moist. 

Viewing hibernating and breeding animals?

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 19:18

You can't see hedgehogs when they're hibernating - they're snug in layers of dried grass and leaves and mustn't be disturbed  or their hibernation could be at risk of failing and they would die.

It really is best if  children are taught how to observe wildlife from a distance

However, if you and your family want to help hedgehogs, there's lots of information on here of things that you and your children can do. 

scarifying rake

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 19:08

They usually have wooden handles which can be easily shortened to suit with a small hand saw. 

where to buy watering spikes

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 17:29

Several on Amazon. 

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