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Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:50

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Bonkers weather

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:50

I had pasqueflowers in bloom a few weeks ago ( they flower at Easter ) a Hellebore with two or three flowers, and my Dutch Iris are 6" tall 

It's ok Connie - they'll slow down as it gets colder and bloom when they're meant to - it's quite common if it's a mild autumn and they're planted early. Same thing happened last year because the whole winter was so mild  

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:17

Hope you can sort it Yvie. They're opportunists so if you remove the banquet it may be enough to send him off somewhere else. It would be a shame if you had to remove your bird feeding areas altogether after working so hard to get them. 

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 14:15

English law must be different from Scottish law then.Trespass without any damage is purely a legal matter so a lawyer is involved.   If there's damage it's a criminal matter and that's when the police are involved.  

I'm not sure anyone here can give a definitive answer to this as we only have one set of facts to go on so we can only offer advice based on that. At present, it's one person's word against another's. 

I think your friend has to seek legal help as a first option grandma. 

Rat spotted

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:38

What a pain Yvie. I find at this time of year the birds aren't as interested in food because there's still plenty around naturally, so I start off slowly and only put small amounts out and that ensures it's all cleared by nightfall. It's usually when there's excess food lying on the ground during the night that the problem's most likely to occur - easy pickings. Perhaps you could try clearing the ground each day before it's dark - and even bring hanging feeders in as well for a while - and hope he goes off to find another hotel. 

Spring bulbs

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:21

Mild weather at this time of year often prompts bulbs into growth earlier than we might expect. I've got some Dutch iris which are about 6" high just now! The growth will slow down as colder weather comes in so don't worry too much about them  


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 11:25

LP - I've not lost anything - apart from my marbles perhaps 

The tail end of a hurricane is coming across the pond and arriving here early in the week, so get into the lea of that nice wall you have 


Posted: 19/10/2014 at 11:11

Lesley - when I lived round the corner from here, I had two mature trees in the front garden. Because of the wind direction, the leaves often got blown straight off the trees and down the road so I got a much smaller haul on those occasions for my leaf bins! 

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 11:07

I've read this thread with interest. I'm not a dog lover but I think when someone has fenced off their land and put notices up stating that it's private property how can someone claim they didn't know it's private - especially if they'd have to either go through the owner's gate to access it, or climb the fence? 

grandma has stated that the land is next to a moor -  plenty of other land for the jogger to run on then. What's the owner supposed to do  - spend all day patrolling her boundary if her dogs are out there and telling anyone passing that it's private? Ludicrous.  

If it was me - I'd turn the tables and have the jogger charged with trespass.

Just my tuppenceworth 

Help - Sick Privet Hedge?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 10:46

They're semi evergreen but they don't discolour as much as in David's pix - or at least, I've never seen privet discolour like that. As it's a new hedge and we've had quite difficult weather conditions this year, I think it's more likely to be related to that, unless the plants were diseased in some way when David bought them.

David - did you have long hot dry spells during the summer? If so, they may have looked like they were establishing well - as you planted them in early spring when conditions would have been moist - but a long period without water may have affected a few that hadn't  got going quite as well as the rest. Just a thought. 

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