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Pesky Squirrels

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 14:00

I know what he'd say Hosta....

...but I can't possibly repeat it here on the forum....

Lucky enough to have seen quite a lot of reds on my travels. Unfortunately, some of those are squished on the road  

West of Ireland is the other main area they're surviving, as opposed to thriving, along with the Highlands. They're trying to make inroads into the grey squirrel populations, Iamweedy, but it's such a difficult thing to tackle. 

Benefits of planting a very wide hedge?

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 08:08

I'm not either  

Do you mean cut the hedge back to make it narrower, and then plant another at right angles to it?

You really need an overhead (bird's eye view) plan to make it clear where the planting would be on the ground, lb. Makes it easier to offer suggestions  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 08:02

Always a challenge Cloggie 

Nature has a way of 'lighting' things up sometimes Tara - just when we often think it's all going wrong. Always a little hope for the future 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 07:59

Morning all/afties Pat if you're about

Different white stuff this morning - car will need scraping . Heating decided this was a suitable morning not to come on. The drawback of not having it on much this winter - pressure drops. I made a decision to check it at the beginning of each month - it's trying to outwit me now  

Well done Dove! 

Glad all the family are safe Liri. Think Ireland took the real hit yesterday.  

Lovely to have those resident bees BL  

The robin was parked on the fence when I put food out below it - he just looked down at me as if to say 'hurry up'. Greedy little b****r 

Quick look before I head out. Have a good day everyone - hope there isn't too much clearing up to be done in gardens.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 18:59

I hate those spellchecker things - they're clearly created by idiots!

You need a cage wakeshine. That stops the greedy b***ers. hang a feeder inside. The robins (and other ground feeders) learn to perch very quickly. The big birds get the scraps thrown out  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 18:19

Not really paddling weather either Wonks.... 

Think the snow is staying north - so you should be ok 

The covers don't stand up to the weather unfortunately. I'm debating whether to get something half decent, or make something myself. Probably won't grow tomatoes this year - no use unless I have protection for them. 

Trees down are such a problem in wild weather -  difficult for services to get to them when it happens if there's no other routes in. Hope you're alright, T'bird.  Lots of trees round here, but there hasn't been many down this year. One round the corner a while ago, but was fortunately just beyond a side road so only a tiny detour to get back round.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 18:09

Lovely visitors Giddy. Buzzards are really common up here, although we only get them in gardens that are a bit more rural. No matter how many I see - I still love it  

We have kingfishers near where I work. Great if you get them coming in the garden though. Someone else on here had some visiting too. Beautiful  

Trust the old 'grey tree rats' to get in on the act Johnny. glad I'm not the only one who carries cereal bars in the camera case  

Perhaps the previous residents didn't encourage them too much Obelixx? I'm sure you'll get more in once they see your restaurant menu 

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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 17:31

Evening all - hope everyone is ok in the windy, wild weather. Hope you've no damage doc  

We had about three inches of snow accumulating through the morning, but it turned to sleet and most is gone now. It got up to 2 degrees or so, but ice forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Plenty snow on the hills on t'other side of Glasgow, and plenty further north/ north east of course, where it's been gale force winds etc., and the Borders has had a battering too. Winter weather, but we've not had much of it this winter.  

Keep you head down Dove 

Ham on the go for dinner 

what hedging? what benefits?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 08:04

Good old privet will do the job -although not fully evergreen,  and easy to maintain. You can plant around and in front of it as it's less of an issue re moisture etc.

I'd personally have Beech or Hornbeam as it can be kept very neat, retains it's foliage over winter, doesn't cause problems with moisture, and you can plant in front or  around it. Useful for sheltering wildlife too 

A mix of berrying hedging is the best for wildlife, but perhaps not really the most suitable for the OP. 

The bare root season is almost over, so you'll need to get in quick! I've used Hopes Grove Nusery several times and they've always been excellent. 

Gunnera in a bath

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 07:56

I'd agree with Dove - you want some holes slightly higher than the base so that there's some water held in the bottom.

The single 'plughole' wouldn't be enough  

If it's a typical, old style enamelled bath - drilling holes might be tricky though. Plastic ones as well - they'll tend to shatter if you're not really careful. Attaching masking tape at the points where you drill the holes will help. 

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