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Waterlogged veg patch

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:25

Hi - I know this is about veg. but hope you won't mind if I ask about my wildflower

garden as that is pretty waterlogged too.   I've not been well with a persistent

virus for a few weeks, so hadn't been able to check up on what's been going on

outdoors for a while.  Today I was a bit horrified to find that lots of the things I

was hoping would survive because of the mild winter, have in fact disappeared -

some of them have been eaten and others, I think, have given up the ghost with

all the rain.  Can't see it being sensible to sow any wildflower seeds until it

dries up?  Would be grateful for advice!  Nutcutlet I'm about to PM you!  

Talkback: Valerian

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 22:30

I'm trying to get a clump of it established in my wildflower garden - it's so pretty

as well as being great for the wildlife.

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 23:28

Nutcutlet - I've emailed you as I've had a phone call from my sister which

has rather changed things with regard to you posting the bay to me.  Please

could you read it a.s.a.p. and let me know what you think.  Just having an early

night tonight so will look to see if you've got my email first thing tomorrow.

Sorry about this!

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 21:08

Hi everyone - I had exactly the same problem you are having last year and

in the end gave up. I never was sure whether my count reached RSPB on line,

but this year they sent me the form to fill in through the post without me asking

them to.  Honestly I think it's the easiest option in this case - maybe you will

all receive them in the post next year too!

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 20:00

Wow Nutcutlet - that is amazing - wish I had all those birds in my garden,

but that's the price I pay for living in suburbia I suppose.  I have three dunnocks

in my garden, but they didn't make an appearance when I did my count, nor

did the two collared doves, though they come nearly every day.   Does anyone

else get really worried when regular birds don't appear?  I find myself looking

out of the window every half hour of the day, I get so worried a cat or hawk has

got them!  Higgy - just realised you live on the Levels - hope you're O.K. and

wonder if you can tell me where the 2 million starlings in your vicinity are going

to roost with the Levels flooded.

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 10:47

I know just what you mean Nutcutlet!  I had a flock of starlings came down onto

the bird table this morning, but it was impossible to count them as they were

constantly changing position and as others flew in, some flew off!  Have been able

to count one robin, two blue tits, two great tits, one thrush, five blackbirds, eight

sparrows and seventeen starlings (but there were probably about twenty five - they

just wouldn't stay still).


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 10:36

Aah Panda what a lovely story - thanks for sharing it! 

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 21:42

Hi All - Me too - on Saturday also!  I just love doing it and have now done it

for many years.  Speaking of birds, has anyone else ever been to see the

millions of starlings on the reed beds in the Somerset Levels?  I went with my OH

a couple of years ago and it was absolutely amazing!   I feel so sorry for all the

people on the Levels this year with the flooding - we were meant to be taking

friends there between Christmas & New Year but cancelled because of the

weather. Just wondering where all the starlings are going to roost there now

it's all under water - does anyone know?


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 21:26

Verdun - I made the mistake of planting a tiny little pampas grass twenty  oddyears

ago and now it's a monster, but I haven't the heart to uproot it as it's where my

hedgehogs hibernate!  I definitely wouldn't recommend it though - as soon as

the lovely cream fronds appear, the wind gets going and blows them all to

smithereens, so there's not much point in it really. It's O.K. on large estates

along with the ornamental rhubarb I suppose?! 


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 21:12

Thanks so much everyone for all your help and suggestions, it has really given

me lots of food for thought.  I liked your message 4thPanda!!  Think I'll do a bit

more research before I decide.  In answer to your question Nutcutlet, I wouldn't

want anything much more than 10ft. high but nothing less than 8ft high as it's

to screen off an ugly wall.  Will let you know what I decide........eventually!

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