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Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:35

We have a Chapelwood hedgehog house and every winter a hedgehog  uses it, but we don't investigate until after they've woken up  in the spring - when we clean it out and pop a bit of  bedding back to make it feel like home again.  So we don't know whether it's used by Hefty or one of the other regulars.  The garden was so overgrown when we moved here that the ivy had pulled the fences down and we had to clear a lot of undergrowth to get new fences put up - now we're busy planting more 'undergrowth' for the hedgehogs and birds, but in the meantime we feel responsible for providing them with some accommodation 

Tree/car/everything covered in tiny bugs

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:27

I've clicked on the pic and it enlarges well - but I've no idea what those little eight-legged creatures are 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:01

Yes Victoria Sponge - that's exactly it, he may be desperately trying to find food, or he may just be chilled and unwell, or suffering from a heavy worm infestation. 

However, we've watched  'our' Hefty out and about during the day late in the year and he's a very stout fellow compared with the other hogs that visit us - he tends to go into hibernation late, waiting for our ash trees to drop their leaves - then on a dry day he'll gather leaves for his hibernaculum - I think he's sussed out that in November/December leaves tend to be damp at night but on a sunny day they're dry - it's great watching him busily snuffling about with leaves in his mouth. 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 14:56

Cheers David xx  ((hugs)) 


And that's given me an idea for a thread ........................................... 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:50

Oooh yes please Mrs G.  I've just been sitting by the pond watching a blackbird having a drink - that pond is a great time-waster 

Clematis help please

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:17

I'd repot now 

gardeners world

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:16

I have an Erythronium Pagoda - think I paid a fiver for it - just googled some - they're available at £4.45 online.  Not as expensive as lots of other plants ........ 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:12

David  I think that's a little unfair - whatever your views about MD as the GW presenter, it is well-known that he has taken principled stands regarding what he will advocate on the programme - threatening to quit immediately when the BBC tried to insist that he promoted non-organic methods.  

I think it would be out of character for him to adopt 'product placement' to line his pocket ........ unless you have evidence to the contrary?

There are many people on TV whose manner/methods/personality I find less than appealing -  however I would not publicly accuse them of skull-duggery simply because of this. 


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 12:26

That depends on whether you want to keep our English Native bluebells  - I know they're pretty but the English Natives are being cross-pollinated with Spanish ones and eventually there'll be few natives left.

For me there are two alternatives 

1. dig out and remove the pink ones and any others that appear to be 'Spanglish' - this will prevent them cross-pollinating any other English Natives in the area


2. pick the Spanglish ones and put them in a pretty vase indoors - that way they won't set seed and increase as much as they would if left.  


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:43

I think these are the results of your native bluebells being cross-pollinated with Spanish bluebells from elsewhere - the seeds have developed and these have grown. 

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