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Posted: 04/10/2016 at 18:04

We love to watch them - they're fantastic aren't they?  In the summer evenings I sometimes lie on the lawn or lounger and watch them swoop down above me - OH says that they sometimes get very close to me - at this time of year we keep the window blinds open until dark as it attracts the moths towards the windows and we can see the bats hunting them. 

They seem to have learnt that if they swoop around the security light sensor in the garden opposite the light will come on for a few minutes, attracting the moths for them. 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 17:25

Logan, was she advised by her doctor not to do Strictly at all, or not to do the dance off on Saturday/Sunday?

I'd be surprised if the BBC took her on the programme knowing that she was going against medical advice 

What is this ?

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 17:21

Think you've got it Lilly - Tomatilloes - a friend and I both grew them one year (not a lot of success, just a few fruit - they seem to need a long growing season).

Have a look here 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 17:06

It's just begun to spit out there, so I've come in.  The garden looks much better now - still some edges to do and things to plant, but there are fewer weeds and the chionodoxa and scillas have been planted in drifts beneath the amelanchier and the Narc. Tresemble nearby.  Just the Minnows and Peer Gynts to plant now ...... oh, and the little species tulips that were in pots last year - they can go somewhere in the Sunny Bed.  

Then there's the front garden to tidy up ... at least the lawn is beginning to look a little greener 

A golden fastigiate yew?

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 16:54

We're in Norfolk, right on the south-western fringe of Norwich just over the hill from the river and marshes, on  free-draining loam.  Apparently this area was all orchards fifty years ago.  

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 16:46

It's been an interesting day ... this morning I watched a pair of blue tits both together going into a nest box in the garden opposite.  Don't know if they're prospecting for next year already or trying for yet another late brood 'cos it's still so mild 

This afternoon the frogs in the pond were croaking quite loudly while I planted bulbs, and a black cap was singing in the ash tree - I'm sure it was a black cap - and then there was a commotion in the sky above me and I looked up to see a couple of rooks mobbing a buzzard!  

I've heard a buzzard mewing overhead when I've been in the garden this year, but I've not seen it before.  We're right on the edge of the city!  

As we watched the rooks gave up and the buzzard flew off in the direction of the marshes.

It's been quite a day for wildlife 

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Pile of logs

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 16:24

I would put it in the shadiest most out of the way place that you've got, where future inhabitants won't be disturbed.  Plant around it with ferns, foxgloves, pulmonarias etc and  wait and see what happens.  

By the way, I've just planted my Gardener's Garter grass this afternoon  so a big THANK YOU .   I was going to wait until next spring to plant it, but it had outgrown its (quite large) pot so it's in its new home, next to the old tree stump which is there to rot down and provide a home for beetles.  I've also planted some white Tresemble daffodils next to it so as the grass comes up with it's creamy pink shoots it'l look fabulous.  I'll pop out and take a photo if the rain holds off ..... 

It looks a bit scruffy cos it's started to die down but it's going to look great next summer. 

Last edited: 04 October 2016 16:29:58

Feature tree suggestions

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 15:17

I think the genista would probably be ok there - in the wild they grow on windswept rocky mountain sides so should be able to cope with limited root space, and as the leaves are very fine they don't get rocked by the wind.  

Garden grass Dying

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 15:11

I'd be tempted to do as you suggest and have a nice wide  shady bed along that side - there's loads of lovely plants that would be very happy there - dig in some organic matter to encourage worms and improve the soil structure first.  

Nice to see you have some 'help' in the garden 

Last edited: 04 October 2016 15:12:45

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 14:19

Wonder whether Pat's gone to bed ... sweet dreams 

OH has cut the lawn and I'm edging and weeding and planting perennials - including my lovely new Astrantia Star of Love, Salvia Wendy's Wish, Geranium Painter's Palette and Gardener's Garters (thank you B3)

I've also tidied up the yellow phormium in the big container ready to go on the front porch for the winter.  I might not get all the bulbs planted today, but the garden will certainly look a bit more cared for and will be ready for the rest of the bulbs when the next gardening day comes along ... 

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