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Posted: 05/10/2015 at 06:48

Not to mention getting our finery out and our hats polished

Morning Chicky

Wildlife pond, two questions

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 06:33

I lay chicken wire over our pond to catch the falling leaves - it's better than soft netting as the hedgehogs and birds don't get tangled, and as it's fairly rigid it's easier to lift it up and shake the leaves off from time to time.  It's just a bit more bulky to store, but I also use it over seedbeds to keep cats off, so it's multi-functional

I think that next year your pond will be full of creatures - it looks lovely.

I've found that having plants on the bank right up to the edge of the water encourages frogs and newts - it hides them from the birds when they leave the pond - the frogs like to sit most of the summer day in the long grass and Creeping Jenny on the fringes of our pond, just popping in for a dip every now and then, so if you could plant some creeping plants between the slabs around the pond that would be good 

Hedgehog spotted

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 06:22

I put the food and water the other side of the garden - they find it - I think it's best not to attract rats, cats and foxes to the hibernation spot (your cat is obviously an exception as 'your' hedgehog seems to have adopted her).

The hedgehogs sometimes wake in a warm spell during hibernation and sometimes move to a different nest so don't panic if that happens. That's why it's good to keep some food out there during the winter so they can replenish any energy used when they wake.  Dried food, chopped peanuts, sunflower seeds and dried mealworms are good for that as they don't 'go off' so quickly and can be put out for the birds if the hedgehogs don't have them.

Taking life for granted......

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 06:18

I learnt long ago that life's a journey, not a destination - it's up to us what we do with each day and nothing is ever 'fair'. 

Help others, do as you would be done by, and keep your glass half full

Mystery shrub

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 06:02

Leycesteria formosa - Himalayan honeysuckle, also known as Himalayan nutmeg.  The bracts are usually a bit more reddish than in your picture, but that's what it is.

Hedgehog spotted

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 05:57

They don't really need it warm Marc - they need it dry and just above freezing. They need their body temperature to drop when they hibernate. If that's the place he's chosen I'd leave him be - he knows best.  But you could put some other towels, rags, shredded newspaper, hay etc in there for him to snuggle into - and perhaps give the cat an alternative shelter if she thinks lodging with a hedgehog makes things a bit crowded.

I don't think our hedgehogs visited last night - the food doesn't look touched - I've found they get a bit erratic in their visits around this time of year. 


Posted: 05/10/2015 at 05:52

Good morning anyone who's about   G'day Pat

Spring has certainly sprung in your garden Pat - everything finishing here - I think I'll have to get the last few  tomatoes in to ripen indoors - the weather's about to change - I don't know about the others, but we've certainly had the best year for tomatoes we've had in a very long time

Hedgehog spotted

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 20:01

Try scattering a few dried mealworms in the entrance to and just inside the new house, and put some dried leaves/hay/shredded paper in the bedroom to give him the idea

Japanese Knotweed on neighbour’s property

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 19:20

Yes, but your property deeds should be pretty clear about the boundaries and if you got a Chartered Surveyor to inspect the deeds and do a visual inspection for a report of the boundaries, stating clearly his/her professional opinion as to the situation of the boundaries I should think that ought to be enough to satisfy a judge in the small claims court about whose land the JKW has spread from.  And you have a report from the surveyor of the JKW company stating that it is JKW and where it has come from.  You could represent yourself but it's likely that the Housing Association would feel that if they were going to fight the case they'd need a legal team - they'd probably cut their losses and pay for the professional treatment. 

I think it's worth considering - However I do know people who have taken big companies to the Small Claims Court themselves and won.


Posted: 04/10/2015 at 18:39

Might have been tired - some of them nest up north then fly down to the south-west for the winter. 

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