Posted: 29/11/2011 at 10:44
Thanks for all your comments.
Mrs Panda – yes, eventually, but the leaves are quite waxy.
Moaning Millie – are you referring to water being wasted by the concreting of gardens? I have touched on the subject a couple of times: paving over front gardens, building a green roof, water gardens
Old Chippy – I’m sorry to hear your wife doesn’t value biodiversity. I bet she likes feeding the birds though. One of the reasons sparrows and song thrushes are declining is a loss of natural food for their young. Birds visit feeders themselves, but nearly always feed caterpillars and insects to their young. So the more caterpillars and insects sleeping under your leaves in winter, the more baby birds there will be in your garden in spring. Do you think she’ll go for that?
I’ve not seen any mushrooms this year! The small crop that emerged in my garden last year has not appeared this autumn.