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Toad (?) in border

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:48

Lyn, that is exactly what our toad does, up the concrete path at the side of the house, under the very low locked solid wooden gate between two high brick walls and across the terrace to the dark dank area where I store my pots and where the slugs and their friends like to lurk .  I know it's the same toad as I've photographed it in both places and compared the photos carefully. We've seen other toads in the garden too, but I'm sure this is the same one.  I think toads can really flatten themselves to squeeze under narrow gaps.

Lovely to have newts too    We have some smooth newts here, but when I lived on a smallholding we had a large colony of great cresteds - wonderful to watch the males mating display in the ponds on a sunny day. 

It sounds as if you live in a lovely spot 

Last edited: 14 October 2016 12:49:39

Laurel hedge too wide

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:42

Alaurel hedge is unlikely to have been planted as a staggered double row as beech hedges sometimes are, so no, I don't think it will be possible to uproot a lengthwise portion of the hedge without destroying it.

What a laurel hedge needs is regular trimming, at least yearly - height and width.  

You can cut hard back into laurel and it will regenerate, so I suggest you have her side of the hedge cut right back to the main trunks this winter, and then seek her agreement to allow you to trim it properly every summer after the birds have finished nesting - late July onwards should be fine.  

That should keep it back from her garden on her side.  You should also trim your side at the same time but not as hard back - that way you'll still have a thick hedge to maintain privacy for you both.  

A well kept laurel hedge is a lovely thing, and so much nicer than a fence - and at least you don't need to paint it 

Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn'

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:28

It grows into a very large shrub - up to 2.5m tall by 1.5m wide - I think it'd struggle in a pot and you really wouldn't get the best out of it. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:11

Too damp underfoot and chilly around the ribs to go out bulb planting today - I've still got some narcissus and crocus to do, but they'll wait a bit longer.  At least it's a bit blowy so I've got some washing on the line.  

Toad (?) in border

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 11:59

If you've found a toad in your garden it's likely that you've already provided the right habitat - and yours may well travel from your front garden to the back - ours do.  Lots of ground-cover and some slightly curved rooftiles underneath an overhanging plant in a dark damp corner seem to be what keeps ours happy 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 11:55

For anyone thinking that a middle class privileged upbringing and success as a pop star will have cushioned Will Young from some of the traumas that life can throw at you, perhaps this may enlighten you - if you can bear to read it 

I applaud Will Young for taking the brave step to recognise his own frailty and take steps to protect himself.  

Last edited: 14 October 2016 11:55:40

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 11:47

Runnybeak ((hugs)) so sorry to hear that your son is finding things difficult - there are members of my own family who struggle.  I hope that things improve for him soon.

I don't think Obelixx meant the comment as a put down - I think she meant that the choreography  and performance were so great that it doesn't matter (i.e. who cares?) if some of it was 'borrowed' from the film.  

Anyway, Picasso once said something along the lines of 'Good artists copy, great artists steal' - meaning that if you're a great artist you can take something that someone else has done and give it your own interpretation and put your own stamp on it and make it your own.  I think it's acknowledged that is what Joanne's choreography did on Saturday night.  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 10:12
Hostafan1 says:

... I'm one Brit who believed none of the 350m/ TB / WMD , but I'm accused, by some, of being cynical. Better than being gullible IMHO. ...

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 And I'm another 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 09:55
Hostafan1 says:

Just been up to the tunnels. 4.1C was last night's minimum. Coldest this season so far. 

I HATE BEING COLD. Have I mentioned that before?

Suddenly this week ,the hostas have taken on their Autumnal orangey colouring. I think I need to make room in polytunnel for the  tenders to snuggle up for the winter. No idea how I'm going to fit everything in this winter.

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 At least you have polytunnels   I have a canna and some begonias to house  

Wonky is going to have the dahlias in her shed. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 09:53

Unfortunately Trump does exactly what Hitler did - he gives no facts, has no policies, but appeals to people's fears and whips up their emotions.  

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