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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Hedgehog Rescue

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 16:17

How lovely - we found a substantial hedgehog (now known to us as Hefty) hibernating in our garden when doing some clearing just after moving here - we put him in a safe and sheltered place and he completed his hibernation. 

That was three years ago - we've seen him and some of his friends regularly since in our garden, and I think that this winter he's hibernating in a heap of runner bean haulms  which are almost covered by the upturned wheelbarrow! 

As soon as he reappears in the spring we put fresh water and food out every evening - your description of your hedgehog falling asleep in his supper is something Hefty does most evenings on the terrace just outside our dining room door!


Posted: 09/01/2015 at 16:10

Getting blustery here again now - we're off tomorrow to meet up with foody friends in London - however it seems that quite a bit of our train journey will be by bus! 

We will be leaving here about 7.30am and don't expect to be back until after midnight so you lot will have to play without me tomorrow

Pruning Gooseberries

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 16:07

My assumption is 'of the total length' - what do others think?

Which Pest ate all my Beetroots?

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 15:56

Very hungry slugs?  Voles?  Rats? 

The weather was very dry last summer/autumn - if rodents/small mammals were thirsty I can imagine that juicy roots would have been very welcome


Posted: 09/01/2015 at 14:49

Phew!  As long as it's only the pooter that is poorly

Thanks Lyn ((hugs))

Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 14:42

I wouldn't expect the same things from a garden centre as from a nursery. 

I don't expect a nursery to have a coffee shop or sell anything other than plants, pots and composts etc, but I do expect them to raise a large proportion of the plants they sell themselves and to know more about them than is usual at most garden centres.

The best nursery I know is and I frequently recommend them very enthusiastically to friends and fellow gardeners.


Posted: 09/01/2015 at 14:23

That sounds like a brilliant plan Nut!  We could go for an outing on the profits!

Climbing Rose

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 13:05

This should give you the information about what to do and the confidence to do it


Posted: 09/01/2015 at 12:55
BitterKnitter wrote (see)

Oh no! People were being inappropriate and nasty? Ack, I'm really sorry, I just thought it'd be a bit of forum fun! Of course, everyone should be careful what they put up in a public forum, but there's always weeds in the flower bed who want to ruin it for the rest of us!....

No problem BK - think it's been dealt with   But as you say, it's as well to remind people to be on their guard when online.

Hardy Fuchsia pruning (Hawkshead)

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 12:51

My Hawkshead is still flowering (I forgot to include it in my New Year's Day List) .  It's in pot which I've moved into a sheltered corner with some other plants so I'm not concerned about wind-rock. 

I'm going to plant it into the ground in the spring, so I'll cut it back then.

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