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Black squirrels

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:40

Ah, Stotfold - Ma and Pa used to deliver milk from the farm around there many many years ago.  We lived on a farm near Flitwick when I was small

Cutting Back Climbing Honeysuckle

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:31

Looking at it with my specs on I think you're right Fg  - I wish I could zoom in on that pic but I can't enlarge it. 

I agree tidy it up and it'll soon grow again. 


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 11:14

That garden's going to be great Beaus   And lots of trees and unspoilt land around so lots of wildlife too

I've just done my Birdwatch - it's the best one I've had since we lived here (ok, it's only 3 years). 

Black squirrels

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 10:47

Hi Nancy

Whereabouts are you ?  There are several pockets of melanistic grey squirrels in the UK - I've seen them near Woburn in Bedfordshire.

There's interesting information here

and more info here


Or are you in an area where there are red squirrels - there are occasionally black ones of those seen.

porridge oats

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 10:39

Dry porridge oats are fine for birds -  blackbirds love them - after all, grain in the field is dry.  The blackbirds in our garden tuck into them regularly.   Don't put out cooked porridge as it is sticky and will congeal around a bird's beak.

Of course, put out fresh water in a birdbath too.

Lots of info here


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 08:09

Clari - thanks


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 08:08

Dd - is it a green woodpecker?  Usually seen on the ground sticking it's beak into your lawn - it's after the ants

You'll probably hear it more than you see it - a loud yaffling call. Click on the audio on here

There are several around here - they like lawns and we're near a golf course!  We also used to get them at work, each year they'd bring their youngsters to the bird feeders - they love the blocks of fat with insects in.


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 07:28

Good morning Clari

Can you please stick you head out of the window and announce loudly to the birds that you are doing the Garden Birdwatch today - otherwise all my birds will go and hide in your garden

I know you're desperate to get your dog - but having to wait a couple of months until it's dryer outside will mean a lot less muddy dog and muddy floors - every cloud has a silver lining

My avocado plant's stem is turning brown!

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 06:59

Dont repot it at the moment - wait until March or April and then you can re-pot it using a mixture of multi-purpose compost mixed half and half with vermiculite. A terracotta pot is fine.

Don't give much water in the winter - only enough to keep the compost just damp.  In the summer wait until the compost is almost dry and then give the pot a good soaking then allow it to drain well.  Don't water again until it is almost dry.

If the room where your plant is has a dry atmosphere you can mist it occasionally but do not soak it.  You could try standing the pot in a tray of small pebbles with water around them so that the evaporation will moisten the atmosphere but don't stand the pot in the water.

Feed with Baby Bio (according to the directions on the bottle) once a month in spring and summer only.

It can go outside in the summer after the last frost (usually the beginning of June is safe) but don't allow the leaves to scorch in the hot sun - a semi-shaded position is best.  I would stand the pot outside rather than planting it in the ground then having to uproot it - you're likely to damage the roots that way.

And eat some more avocados and grow some more plants, then if the worst happens to one plant it won't break your heart quite as much

Good luck



Posted: 24/01/2015 at 06:34

Good morning all

Wet outside and 2.4C at the moment - the temperature didn't go below freezing last night.  That's the first time for a while.

It's raining at the moment but the forecast is for a sunny day - hopefully the sunshine will bring some birds out for the Garden Birdwatch - but I don't suppose my Grey Wagtail will appear again ...

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