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Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:26

Is your mouse a member of the SAS LoganB? Perhaps he's part of a new super dooper task force 

They're real opportunists aren't they? You'll need to have a feeder hanging from a rope attached to the roof or something to see if you can outwit him  

Perhaps if you use the wheelie bin but put it right in the middle of the garden that might do the trick - no ledge to jump on and off!

Since joining GW forum,I have been overwhelmed with all the support & advise

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:16

Just the bread will do fine Dove - some nice butter on that- mmmm 

mulch query

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:15

MrsG - what is Strulch? Is it a straw based mulch?


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:13

Hope Ma is ok Dove. Always a worry when these things happen.

doc- shame on you...I won't say another word....

Had a good few hours outside. Nice to get my hands properly dirty although the organic compost has a strong whiff of cow manure - don't think the girls will appreciate it - I potted on my canna and it's on the kitchen table 

Got lots of things planted in the border along back fence and put in some of the native prims I got and a few little pots of crocus. Swapped a few things around too. Will hopefully get back out tomorrow after work as it's to be nice again. The dunnocks were happy when I came in - they wanted to get to the food among the pots but I kept going back and forth and disturbing them. Compost's good - nice and crumbly. Will check what make it is and let you all know. Off to make dinner in a moment.

Bearded Iris

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:50

You can split them now - it  just means you won't get any flowers till next year. As Dove says, the big bits are past their sell by date, so it's best to get rid of them and keep the new, younger bits. I split some when I moved here at this time last year as they were in pots and very congested, and they wouldn't have flowered much anyway.  They've grown on well and I should get a nice lot of flowers this year.

i dplease

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:45

Yes azalea Alan. It would probably be happier out of that pot I think! 

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:41

If it's in various positions around the garden it might be worth asking other neighbours if they have it too. If they have, and you're in any doubt, I expect a call to the council would be worthwhile as they might come and take a look to put everyone's mind at ease.Depends how nice they are!

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:35

Yes the leaves grow alternately on JK Paul. My ex husband moved into a new house  a year or two ago and there was JK on the adjoining, council owned, woodland. It's been chemically treated.

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:27

I think the stems are a bit redder on JK.  Is there a lot of it Paul, and what sort of height is it just now?

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:16

I had the same problem at a previous house LH. The little mouse came out during the day to pinch bits and pieces. He made a little nest in the garage during the winter with some leaves in the corner of some polystyrene I used for the bottom of pots. It must have been nice and cosy! I'm not sure of the best way to prevent it especially if you're bringing the feeder in at night. Do you use a bird table for the blackies or do you feed them on the ground? Putting out small amounts - little and often on a table - might help so that it's all eaten quickly and there's very little underneath. The trouble with hanging feeders is that bits get spilt all the time so it's hard to avoid stuff on the ground. Perhaps if you only have a table for a while it might help. Even a kind of makeshift one  

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