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Posted: 25/05/2015 at 07:54

Enjoy the time in the garden DD - are you and Charlie going to live on sandwiches and beans on toast?


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 07:41

Good morning to the second contingent

It's supposed to be cooler here today Verdun, but I hope it isn't - I nearly put the heating on yesterday! 

Wintersong, our hedgehogs seem to clear up the seeds that the birds discard - well, them and the Dunnock family who spend lots of time in the garden now that we've planted all the undergrowth in the Little Wilderness

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 07:31

Hi Hefty

We too have a pair of robins that feed from our hands - they're very demanding and as soon as we appear in the morning they're shouting for their mealworms and they're busy feeding their nestlings until it's quite dark in the evening.  The male is braver than the female, but even she now comes and perches on our hands to feed   Hopefully they'll bring their fledgelings along to feed soon.  I must order some more mealworms!

You may get some 'odd remarks' on here - you see, your 'name' Hefty is what we call the very large hedgehog who's been visiting us ever since we moved here nearly four years ago - we have several visit us each evening, but Hefty is quite a character and his comings and goings have been reported on this board quite regularly!   It was quite a shock to me when I saw your name here this morning - for a moment I thought Hefty Hedgehog had learned to type!


Posted: 25/05/2015 at 07:20

Good morning all  

Have a fantastic trip Panda - hope all goes reasonably according to plan

I've been up and out there, feeding demanding robins - as soon as one of us appears at the kitchen window they're shouting at us for mealworms!  It's more responsibility than if we had a pet dog!

And the hedgehogs seem to be well and truly back into routine - but I'm not sure that Hefty is visiting us this year - he was a grand old hedgehog - maybe he didn't survive the winter - or maybe he's still on his amorous spring wanderings. 

I had a bit of a shock this morning when I saw that someone called Hefty had been posting on here ...... but I don't think it's The Hefty

Plant or weed

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:55

Have you grown mixed salad leaves or anything like that?  It could have come in a mixture like that.  Or possibly even in some birdseed. 

It looks as if there's a brassica of some sort  flowering in the bottom left hand corner (with a yellow flower) - if you've not grown any veg that could have come in bird seed too. 

Once the chard has flowered and it's seeds are ripe the plant will die.  Unless you want it to seed around the place I'd pull it up and compost/bin it.

Weeds in garden & Paddock

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:50

I think the second is Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara -  

As far as I'm aware it's fine for horses - it cerainly grew in our paddocks and our horses appeared to come to no harm.

Plant or weed

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:39


That's last year's Ruby Chard throwing up a flower spike

Plant or weed

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:35

Can you click on the green tree icon on the toolbar where you type your post, then you'll get instructions to upload the photo from your pc/laptop/whatever .

Don't think it works for phones tho


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:33

Cut off the dead flowers before they grow a seed pod and then allow the leaves to die down naturally.  I usually give them a feed of Fish Blood and Bone when I dead head them, to help the bulbs to bulk up for next year.

What is this flower please

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:32

Or the seeds could have been laying dormant in your garden for years and something happened to trigger them growing.  Aren't they lovely

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