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Posted: 01/10/2015 at 15:20

I've just spoken to Wonky - bless her she sounds tired - she's sitting down for a rest before carrying on with the decorating - she says Thanks for everyone's good wishes


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 13:30

They're sometimes a flippin' nuisance aren't they Panda - but it looks as all's well that ends well ........... hopefully!  We'll keep fingers crossed for Wednesday!

Lemon balm disease

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 13:24

It's a powdery mildew - they often get it at the end of the summer/autumn - it doesn't really do any harm as it'll be dying back soon.  I find it best to cut lemon balm hard back before now each year - usually as soon as it's flowered, then it'll re-sprout lots of fresh growth and look much healthier. 

I'd cut it hard back now and leave it - it'll grow afresh in the spring.

Nothing to worry about

Problem with Magnolia

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 12:57

I'd go with snails - especially at this time of year for some reason


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 11:31

Hosta, a male hedgehog will travel up to 2 kilometres a night, a female a little less - so yours may well be getting fed elsewhere too. 

Ours aren't emptying their bowls at the moment either - I think it was the same this time last year.


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 10:20

Not really a lot to see Hosta  - looking down on it


 Can you see the shiny black front door!


This is the posh one - I'm going to move it and put a heap of rubbish over it!  In fact they're both going to have to be moved 'cos the tree trunk in the first picture is the ash tree that's coming down and the stump's going to be ground out!

Under a conifer hedge is where we found Hefty when we moved here - after we'd had the conifers felled!!!  Sounds an ideal spot.  Put some dry twigs and perennial stalks in a heap under there and some dry leaves - they seem to like leaves about the size of apple tree leaves best.  I'm sure Spike'll find it attractive - you've probably got several 'Spikes' around there


Desperate to know what berries I've picked...

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 09:55

Lots of sloes around on farmland hedgerows - the leaves will be beginning to turn yellow now, the branches will have long sharp thorns ... I don't pick them until they've had a good frost on them

If you're not sure take a pic of them on the bush and show us


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 08:41

We have wall to wall blue sky here   (just bragging ).

I've just been making plans with Wonky - she's planning to be painting the new sitting room today so I'll stay here out of the way today and go over on Saturday.  Her hub is working today but has Friday and Monday off and they both have Saturday and Sunday, and there are still volunteers available ... looks like it's all working out ok ...


Posted: 01/10/2015 at 07:10


I don't yet know whether I'm going back to Wonky's today - she'll be having discussions over coffee with her lovely hub, then we'll chat and make a decision.  I'm not stiff thankfully - my main tasks yesterday involved assisting in the choosing of paint and decorating materials and wrapping belongings left by the previous tenant.  It's a bit difficult as in any other case the landlord would put the stuff in a skip (he's a bit like that anyway) but she's a relative and working abroad so Wonky and her hub are going to save stuff that looks as if she might want it - packing it into boxes and putting it in the shed. She's taken the major stuff with her.



Posted: 01/10/2015 at 06:47

Hi Clari - our hedgehog seems to prefer a homemade home rather than a bought one - we used a wooden 'orange box' crate from the farm shop - made a doorway/hole in one end - tacked polythene over the top but left the sides so plenty of air gets in and put it in a quiet corner under the trees and facing a wall about 6" away so there was a sort of tunnel then he had to turn left to get into the box.  We covered it with a heap of prunings and runner bean haulm and dried leaves and left him to find it - which he did.  We put a few dried leaves and a little hay in there and left some laying around for him to use which he has done - he's also used a bit of black plastic 'potting on module' as a door which he pulls in behind him to close the door when he goes back to bed.

We have a smart wooden one with two chambers which was used the first winter, but not since. 

Years ago we had a hedgehog make a nest and have babies in the shed under a workbench in a large plastic bag full of paint-rags - there's no accounting for tastes when it comes to hedgehog homes

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