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Bird food

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 20:59

Brumbull, I have the same problem as you but this year I've invested in a squirrel feeder and once they've sussed that out I'll be putting squirrel-guarded bird feeders out! (my plan is that if they know where their food is, they'll leave the birds food alone!)

Was watching the garden this morning and it's a hive of activity with lots of blue tits, robins and blackbirds picking at berries and bugs and dancing in the shrubs!

Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:18

Thanks Gingly for the vote of confidence!  I'm going take it up with the parish council first, see what they say and go from there! 

 

Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 13:19

I've really got into wildlife gardening this year, partly spurred on by a miserable crop of veg despite the lovely summer and put that down to lack of pollinating insects. My kids and I built a bug hotel last weekend with hedgehog boxes and a frog/toad hibernaculum and already its populated with lady birds, frogs and toads and the odd beetle!

I invested a lot of time in the summer on the net finding out about the right sort of plants and am filling the beds and pots with those as well as dedicating a few areas of the garden to wildflowers and there comes with it a huge sense of satisfaction that although to some I may appear completely nuts, to me we're doing our bit, not only to enjoy seeing wildlife in our garden but that we're helping it's future!

Wildlife gardening is so rewarding and some of the above comments about guerilla gardening has made me want to now move onto the verges near me but I fear they would be destroyed by the councils mowers come spring  

Hellebores

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:23

Well, it's worth a go Nutcutlet!

I hate throwing any seedlings away so I've got to give these babies a chance and if they don't perform, they'll at least add some green to an otherwise brown patch!

Hellebores

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 21:20

Thanks Verdun!

I shall leave til Spring - if nothing else with all this rain we're expecting they'll be battered and bruised and possibly washed away before they get a chance to establish, plus I have enough jobs to do in the meantime!!

Hellebores

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 19:46

Just wondering if now is a good time to plant out hellebores (Christmas ones, i think)

I potted up some seedlings earlier in the year and they are all poking roots out of their  pots and looking very healthy.

Or should I leave them until the spring?  I've tried to find the answer elsewhere but to no avail

Found my Prince Charming??....

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 23:06

Yay!! I found another in my boot tonight!!  Easily pleased, me!!

Found my Prince Charming??....

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 22:11

Sara4, he was just the size of a 10 pence piece, so so tiny and so frightened looking but oh so sweet, for a toad!!

We have frogs too Dovefromabove, some quite large ones which I'm really pleased about! They've really helped this year with the slug control, though I think a slightly drier summer helped too!! I've no idea where they've come from, but they just seem to reside quietly in the garden and come out every now and then. We've not got a pond yet but I think we may need to do something about that, and soon!

Farmergeddun, thats a shame  Any frogs? My mum had a grass snake that used to torment her fish and lord it up in her rockery! It seems to have vanished since the pond was filled in.

Well, I hope my little Prince makes it through, there should be slugs a plenty where we put him, but is there anything else I can give him?

Found my Prince Charming??....

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 20:42

...Nah, but I did find a baby toad (no idea where it came from) on my shoe this afternoon!! And with a much excited and thrilled 8yo, we rehomed it in our new homemade wildlife hotel which comes complete with its own hibernaculum!

Chuffed is one word, hopeful is another as I've no idea if it's got any chance of survival  but we'll keep our fingers crossed!

 

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