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Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:07

Was your radar working subconsciously Hosta?  

Water scarecrows are the only real deterrent. Nothing else works here - and I've tried them ALL  

They're also very satisfying.....

Queensland tulips

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:02

Aye nut - stick to putting those on the washing line....

I'd never heard of them so looked them up. Just a named variety so, as doc says, no specific treatment.

The big blousy varieties are more prone to being spoiled by rough, windy weather, so if you get that kind of weather at the time they're in bloom,  make sure you plant them somewhere they won't be in the firing line!  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 08:07

Morning all/ afties Pat if you're about 

Unpleasant Dove.... another quiet day for you then!

chicky - perhaps the mild winter for the viburnum? I used to have one round the corner but I can't remember what it was like. I've just planted a burkwoodii on the boundary here to help with wind filtering. Could have done with it being a bit bigger  last night -very wet and blustery and more to come. I've got too used to this benign weather we've had - forgotten what our normal stuff is like!

Think I've recorded that doc. Emerson was brilliant but totally mad! I watched the Scorsese doc about Dylan. Quite an eye opener. I knew the 'fans' hated him for picking up an electric guitar, but, jeez....

The stupid questions journalists asked him as well. I suppose they're better informed now, or maybe artists are simply much better at dealing with it. Fascinating.

Better go and get ready for the salt mine too. Catch you all later 

A mouse in the house

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 07:50

I'm with the others on this - you have to get rid of them if they're in the house. No such thing as one mouse either...

I also love to encourage wildlife into the garden - I have a regular little mouse who visits - but that's where the garden stops. My door. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 18:37

Just heard that too obelixx. 

I suppose he was a reasonable age. I'm watching Scorsese's documentary about Dylan which I recorded a while back....I hope that isn't an omen. Maybe I'll leave it for another time! 

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 18:33

Ah - if it's been out that long and isn't getting eaten, it might be better to get rid of it, give the shelf a clean, and put a little handful of new food out. 

If you have small birds coming in - robins, tits, finches etc, they'd appreciate a little cover from the tree, so I think you could move it a little nearer. They possibly use the tree for shelter anyway. 

I use a mix suitable for that kind of bird and mix a bag of sunflower hearts in as well, but it might be worth while trying some of those on their own, and see what happens.  You can also add to your mix depending what birds you see, and how often. If they're visiting for the peanut feeder, they'll eat other things too. It's often a case of trying something and then building on that - and a bit of patience! 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:05

How horrible for your neighbour,fidget. Humans are lousy sometimes.I can understand why she would want to go now that she's on her own.

It's sad, but you're right to do it now. Also sad to think of all the wildlife having their habitat removed, but perhaps new residents will carry on the good work by encouraging some into their new gardens, and enjoy everything that the outdoors offers - right on the doorstep.

You can only hope. Ever the optimist, me.....

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:48

I'm not entirely sure what a 'bird hotel' is, but wet seed makes no difference to the birds. 

The only problem is when wet seed stays uneaten in a feeder and then goes mouldy. If that's the case, it's best to put less food out at a time. In milder weather, birds rely less on the extras humans provide, so I think this year a lot more bird food has possibly got wasted. I have feeders which are well sheltered, but I don't fill them full every time - I fill according to how much is being eaten daily so that there's not too much exposed to the elements. Hope that makes sense - I know what I mean! 

Keep an eye on how much gets used over a couple of days, and adjust accordingly. It's not an exact science, and weather, plus the amount and type of birds being attracted are the main factors. 

Giant allium bulbs have loads of roots growing out of pot bottom!

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:38

aym - as your alliums are in pots, it's easy to have the right mix for them to do well, so you don't need to worry too much about them getting wet. They'd never grow at all up here if that was the case!

Most alliums prefer a decent bit of sun, so find a spot that gives them that. As they're in pots, they can get top heavy, so a site out of the prevailing wind is best, or somewhere that they can get support from other planting if you want to put them in a border in their pots.

Lovely pic Perki  

Creating a corner bed under a cedar

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:32

Sorry Liz - been outside so didn't see your pic. I'd agree with obelixx. It's a very small area and all the surrounding planting will just make it even harder to get the best from anything too big and 'shrubby'. You'd constantly be fighting the conditions and it's a waste of time, money and effort planting things where they won't thrive.

Why not keep the bench there and surround it with nice low growing, permament planting as suggested? You can add a few scented things in pots if you want to sit there now and again in a shady spot. It would make an ideal spot for contemplating and putting the world to rights.  

Sweet peas would do well in that aspect for summer. Spring bulbs will too - and many of them are scented. Plenty of them will be perfectly happy planted in a drier spot, or they can be in pots too  

Then cut out a big border somewhere more suitable for a shrub border.... 

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