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Posted: 15/05/2015 at 11:19

Hurrah!  Sunshine here at last - washing on the line, bird feeders filled

Does distance between cover and bird feeders matter?

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 10:07

Not sure that I agree with you there Logan - we find that now our shrubs are growing in the area where we place the feeders, we're getting far more visits from a wider variety of birds - they like to have cover close at hand.  We also place many of the feeders 'under' the canopy of large ash trees, which helps to shield the birds from the sparrowhawks.


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:49

Good morning Wonky - glad to see you returning to more civilised time-keeping

Sunbeams and fluffy clouds - where?  Not here - low cloud and chilly here

Weed or not

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:45

Pruning can stimulate the tree to throw up suckers from the roots in trees such as prunus that are prone to it  ...

SOS! Foxglove help!

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:36

It's so tempting to buy perennials that are already in flower, but you get much better value from buying smaller plants and letting them get settled in your border before they have to expend so much energy on making flowers.

Don't panic - the lower flowers will die off first - is the flower spike still pointing roughly upwards and has some buds on?  If so that's great.

Don't worry about a few leaves turning brown - that's a bit of transplant shock.  You can snip them off if you don't like the look of them.

What's the soil like?  Has it been well watered?  Or could it have had too much water?

My neighbours dont want me to use my land to grow a garden

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:33

Shirley - some people are very resistant to change, and you have changed things.  You now have something and they haven't. They didn't think of doing it themselves.  They will get used to it - eventually! But you will have to have the courage of your convictions.

Put up good fencing and report wilful damage to the local Community Police Officer.  Let the local schools know that you're trying to create a wildlife area and that if it works they can use it (by arrangement) for Nature Studies etc.  Children are very good at influencing the adults around them.

Good luck


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:26

Oooh Lizzie!  Just read that!!!  Hope the ribs are easier this morning ((hugs))

Good morning Clari


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:19

Hello Verdun and KEF

There was hedgehog activity on the terrace last night - don't think it was Hefty - a smaller hedgehog by the 'evidence' but after a few nights of visiting the garden whoever it is seems to have discovered the feeding stations.


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:18

Good morning Hosta, Chicky, Fritillary and anyone else who pops in behind my back   Lovely to see the chicks Frit   reminds me of years ago collecting a box of day old Maran chicks from the station - the start of my flock on the smallholding.  They were fostered by a lovely broody bantam - they grew quickly and did fantastically well - the foster mum was very proud of her very big babies

I hope today is warmer than yesterday - it only got up to 14.4C all day!   Hmmmmmmmmm, I've checked the Met Office - looks like the rest of East Anglia will be a little bit warmer today - but for some reason our temps will stay around 14C for the next few days

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 21:12

I think you're more likely to get what you want from the hedge plants you've already got than by planting some huge things like the one in that last photo. 

That photo shows a huge amount of foliage to be supported by a very small rootball - they're almost guaranteed to get transplant shock and loose at least half the leaves and look a mess - you'll have to cut them back too.  And then there's a huge amount of foliage to catch the autumn and winter wind and rock the plant around, loosening the roots - rain will get in and freeze in the winter and cause all sorts of damage.

Stick with what you've got - treat them well, they'll put down a good root system which will give your hedge every opportunity to grow and grow and GROW. 

I can't give you a guarantee, but I know which course of action I would take

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