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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. 

Japanese Knotweed on neighbour’s property

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 18:37

I'm just wondering whether, if you're sure the JKW is coming from the neighbouring property, it might be worth you taking the Housing Association to the Small Claims Court seeking the cost of you hiring a professional company to remedy the problem caused by their neglect of their responsibilities?

Advice for beginners on climbers, please

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 18:34

Campsis radicans will love it

One of the hardier passifloras would also be fine there

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