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What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:27

Ooh that's a possibility maybe he was showing the child how to get the snails - there are plenty of those in my garden - that's a more pleasing option.  Yes, they walk fast - almost like hovercrafts the way they rise up and speed along. I don't think yours will be alone because more often than not I just see mine out on his own - although a couple of years ago we had three wandering around evening after evening.  I'm assuming the big one is a he but it could be the mum.

What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:21

It's difficult to say Alina, I wouldn't have said so but the adult was so big it could have looked small by comparison.  So do you think the parent would take it out and away from its home and then leave it?  Gosh that's tough love - because they did look as if they were tussling. I know they have to learn to survive though - I wish I hadn't watched now 

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:10

Yes, I've done them allDriven off with my handbag on the top of the car; driven off with one child safely strapped in and left the other one standing at the kerb (just for seconds, I spotted her in the rear mirror looking bemused)  These incidents occurred years and years ago and I've continued to add to them.  However, the other day it was OH's turn.  He went out for a cycle, leaving the garage door open, the connecting door open, the front door open and his keys on the outside of it!   His face was a picture when I told him and he rummaged in his pockets for the keys as if I was kidding him. 

What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:35

...and I've seen and heard them crackling through the dry leaves in the evening and this morning one (huge) was boldly crossing the road on our estate.  Tonight I was just having a look round the garden before locking up for the night when I heard this snuffling and shuffling behind me.  I thought it was the OH joining me in the garden but when I turned round - he wasn't there - eery.  But I did sense a presence and saw the plants move.  I crept over keeping a safe distance because I hadn't a clue what i was going to see and there was a hedgehog snuffling and appearing to be digging at the ground - on closer inspection - there were two of them.  One was huge and the other obviously the child.  I backed off to watch without disturbing them and they continued for ages.  Sometimes they looked as if they were fighting or tugging at something.  It was very strange.  It was a bit dark to take photos or video them but I've never seen anything like it. (ps realise I haven't given the most impressive impression of OH - he is not given to snuffling or shuffling around the garden as a general rule

Seed Head ID

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 11:41

Wow! Tragopogon pratensis it is !!  Nut what can I say - thank you The others are incredibly similar but the stem and leaves clinch it. Thank you so much everyone.

Seed Head ID

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:58

Thanks Fidgetbones, there's not a lot on google for hawksbit but from what I could see the leaves coming from the stem are different.

Seed Head ID

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:43

Can anyone help with this?  It caught my eye from the window and I thought it was one of the biggest dandielions I had ever seen - but It is much bigger and the seeds don't puff away as easily.  It is bigger than a dandielion but smaller than a tennis ball.  I cut it and brought it into the house yesterday (becasue I was intrigued) and it is still intact.

  This is the stem:


Clearing a garden

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:54

This is a fantastic thread !!!  The build up of knowledge and advice is just brillliant.

I love 'before and afters' and you are doing an absolutely thorough job Mr Toast. 

(I love that cake too)


philadelphus virginal

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:21

Sorry Matty2 my post crossed with yours.  What a shame though, could it be in the shade.  Mine are in full sun. If you are serious about getting rid of it, why not divide it and plant a bit somewhere sunny or in the opposite conditions to where it is now to see if there is more success?  They replant very easily, at least mine did - although you will have to water it copiously all summer if you do so.

philadelphus virginal

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:16

I agree - it is a beautiful shrub -  the smell is exquisite and the flowers are so pretty.  You may be able to take off side shoots from the bottom of your shrub.  I have managed to get four extra shrubs that way and all have since flowered.  They don't have multi branches right enough but they are still very pretty shapes and all flowered the following year.

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