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Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 12:51

Hi Oxana - that mix looks predominantly wheat/barley, so as the others have said, it's not going to be attractive to the birds that mainly use hanging feeders. In my experience, all it does is attract pigeons. 

You might be better using a no mess mix, which will contain a better variety of foods like sunflower hearts, a variety of seeds and nibbed nuts etc, and like the title suggests, there's no husks so there's very little waste. There are often little bits of suet inthem too. I use one I get locally in Asda which is excellent, but most GCs and DIY stores stock similar products. You can add other things to attract specific birds as time goes on. You can get a 'robin mix' quite easily too, which is attractive to lots of bird types. 

It might seem more expensive, but it really isn't because the quality and uptake is better. The little birds like tits and finches will thank you for it  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 21:13

Not easy though, is it Joyce? I'm my father's daughter  

All the best for tomorrow Wonks - you'll be great!  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 20:41

Fairylet is fine thanks - think she was fed up with me calling her Chewbacca.That's helped the recovery 

She should have been working today but they swapped her to tomorrow so that's given her an extra day too.

Lovely that you had a relaxed time with your dad,chicky. Nothing worse than feeling you've outstayed your welcome - nicer when dad can decide when he's had enough 

Managed about ten seconds of a satnav and I was ready to chuck it out the window. 

Would definitely have preferred a scouring wind like yesterday than hole filling and undercoating, but it needs done. How is your decorating coming on obelixx? It's a neverending job sometimes - or feels like it. I'm too particular as well, which isn't always a good thing. Hate badly finished work but, like most things a healthy balance is the way, and learning to just let some things go is what I'm trying to do more of. 

Mystery Plants

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:58

Think you're right Liri - it does look more like Lamb's lugs (Stachys). I couldn't see it very clearly. If it's fuzzy, it's definitely not Sedum, so I'd say Stachys for that one. 

I don't see any bronze Carex - only old foliage 


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:53

What - only February, Clari....

Daffs and crocus are great - they tolerate a lot, as nut says. Tulips are better planted later anyway if Autumns are warm where you live. We can plant them quite early here. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:46

Always looks a bit empty when the decs come down, doesn't it AuntyRach? I'll leave ours for a few days - they didn't go up till quite near Christmas anyway.

Dinner's been had here - nice bit of squirrel. Goulash actually....

Keep cracking that whip Clari - don't let the momentum drop 

Exciting for Wonks Dove. Hope it all goes well.

T'bird - hope tonight is better, but don't feel any guilt about a nothingy sort of day and parking your a**e  

More hole filling and painting done and coat hooks put on inside of cupboard door etc. Looks as though I've done nothing though, since everything was pretty white to start with apart from the door frames  

Wot no Snowdrops?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:22

Snowdrops like moist ground Paul, so they're unlikely to rot  

Are you sure there's nothing left? My snowdrops aren't showing yet, although the crocus are about an inch out the ground. 

The base of an evergreen tree is more likely to be too dry for them than too wet, a deciduous tree is ideal for planting under. If you can't see any sign of them, it's most likely they've been dug up, although in my experience, crocus are usually more attractive. 

Mystery Plants

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:15

No 2 looks like a Sedum - assuming we're talking about the plant in a pot just below that wheel?

The last one has Hebe like foliage, but could also be a thyme. Difficult to see them clearly from the photos as I can't get a good idea of the scale.

No idea what the third one is. Too messy, but there could be some chives in there. Have you tried crushing the foliage on those two to see if there's any scent? Chives and thyme are both distinctive  

Wot no Snowdrops?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 16:46

Squirrels will dig up small bulbs - they're readily available to them as they're not too deep in the ground. The small alliums are very attractive to them as well  

Any hope for my completely broken Magnolia Stellata sapling?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:54

I'd agree with Onopordum here Lola. I'd say you're going to have to dig it up and raise the level of the soil in the hole so that when you backfill it, the junction of trunk and roots is level with the surrounding ground. Otherwise, you'll have a crater which will fill with water and  the surrounding soil will gradually drop in again too. It's a good time of year to shift it before it gets into growth properly, but wait till a reasonable day to do it, and then keep an eye on it. 

Others may have a different opinion, but that's what I'd do if it was mine. You could remove soil for now and wait till autumn, but it will be more established by then and makes for a bigger job.

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