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What would you treat yourself to?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 00:08

Yes Stargaze!! Thank you  I was going to wow you with the done deed ie in full bloom but I suppose that could be a few months away yet To be honest I splurged and overspent but it was a lovely day of indulgence.I bought:a dahlia 'lilac shadow' and a dahlia 'hartenaas', three packets of small bulbs: sparaxis, freesias and babianas. I've planted the freesias and the babianas so don't have the packet to put in the photo. I can't plant the others until next month.

They were all unbelievably cheap especially the dahlias which were only 2 euros each.In addition, I bought some seeds: tomatoes, red basil, parsley, peppers, coriander and mint and you can see them coming up nicely (three of the empty spaces are my bird of paradise seeds – which I've actually had for a couple of years and finally planted – so far they haven't put in an appearance).

So I got all this for under 20 euros in Carrefour's garden centre and on the way home – still with some money burning a hole in my pocket, I went into a lovely little garden centre and couldn't resist the little plant stand that the packets are on in the photo – I also succumbed to a string of exquisite fairy lights in the style of white metal wire balls for the conservatory. My £30 gift may have cost me quite a bit more but it also included a great day out because I had such a lovely time. As for what I bought, well, everything can come with me should I move so I will always have them to treasure (well apart from the herbs which we'll have devoured).

I haven't heard of the soil maker Edd - I will have to do some research on that - it sounds intriguing....and Lindy no please don't encourage me, that sounds too tempting



Posted: 23/02/2014 at 17:57

Oh Dove that's so lovely - it's very own little arched gateway - I love it!  Your poor OH I can imagine how he felt but you couldn't have done more for Hefty if you'd tried.  No wonder he's applied for residency - Happy Hefty

Jess he is big and adorable.  When you see him with his little children in tow it's just the sweetest sight.... and you are right about them snuffling they really do, and they are quite noisy with it. I feel the same way about my robin and the various tit families.  When February/March comes around I really resent having to go to work.  I would happily sit in the conservatory all day watching the antics in the garden - and potter about the garden too.

Oh and thank you for the Hedgehog link too Dove - it is very helpful - I am delighted to learn that my much loved but messy garden provides a suitable environment for them


Posted: 22/02/2014 at 16:06

Dove please don't laugh if this is a silly question ....but ....was Hefty in the hibernaculum when you relocated it?  I don't think I would need to move it though because it is actually quite well placed in an area that wouldn't be disturbed normally - it was in fact quite a stragetic decision he made when choosing his plot. I like the name Hefty - I think I'll call mine Herry as in the French herisson  (sp?) for hedgehog.  Thank you everyone for your lovely comments - I do find him so gorgeous I have him as my phone homepage

Plants for new border

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:52

Did you get your sunshine Tracey?  This afternoon has been beautiful here - with a beautiful golden glow from the sun. Happy gardening - I love this time of year..


Posted: 22/02/2014 at 15:48

Thank you I have resurrected an old wooden bird table that had disappeared into the laurel hedge Elizabeth.  It's more rickety than rustic but it will do until I can find a replacement over the next couple of weeks ....and I can also incorporate the fat blocks in the rose bush idea Dove because I have a climber in the same area beside my hanging feeders - so hopefully next time I sit and watch the little treasures hopping around playing and feeding I can do so without feeling guilty about my little robin.

(sorry if this appears twice, I have a habit of replying when I'm not signed in - sometimes once I've been prompted to sign in the message is automatically submitted but not always - this was a not always one, so I retyped....)


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 22:22

Do robins have different feeding habits from the other small garden birds like blue tits etc?  I have tried everything but the robins don't seem to be able to feed from the fat balls on spirals very easily, nor are they eating the loose seeds in the hangers.  I even bought a M&S apple hanger and that has remained untouched too.  I watch my resident robin frequently flying up to the fat balls and hovering clumsily but not really feeding for any length of time.  The tits love them and the loose seeds too but I cant think what to put out for the robins ?


Plants for new border

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 22:07

Your garden will be a heavenly haven before long Tracey - I've thoroughly enjoyed your thread and reading all the advice and suggestions.  You have a fantastic lawn - never mind the bendy hedge cutters, has your OH not hinted at a sit on mower yet?

Good Luck


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:40

I should have typed before uploading sorry I can't get the text above them.  The last picture was taken about half an hour ago and I am hoping it is my hibernaculum - you can't really see the height or solidity of this from the photo but it is quite dense and you can see why I was out clearing the  garden - but I left this alone (I have loads of moss and weeds).  The first two are from 2012 I think - judging from the sequence of photos on my phone but he was also there last year.  One year I saw it wandering through with two little ones.  That was me - hooked!

Thank you so much for the links Dove - I'll make myself a cup of tea and have a good look at them.  I don't have a huge garden either Jess - and live in a smallish town - not out in the country.  My garden backs onto a noisy, busy main road but luckily there is a wall between us and the hedgehogs make their way through the hedges dividing the gardens. The other side of the estate is quite countryish I suppose in terms of landscaping there are lots of shrub and tree areas and the houses further in back onto the Seine so there is probably quite a lot of wildlife but I definitely don't think there are badgers around here. But he is so cute isn't he? I love his little nose.


conflicting answers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 08:52

How awful, I wouldn't want to get into any kind of argument with people like that so I agree that the fence sounds like the best solution.  If they can't see through their fence why don't you choose a wire one so that they can't burn it or lift the panels.  Obviously their behaviour doesn't appear sociably normal so a fence seems the choice least likely to provoke further antagonism - as I'm sure a plant would soon be the victim of 'accidental' damage.


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 08:38

Hibernaculum... That sounds wonderful Dove.  I love that word.  I'll try to take a picture of the hedgehog emerging from his hibernaculum Jess but why would a hedgehog not get in or out - do you have a walled garden?   If I miss him coming out I will upload a picture taken of him passing through the garden last year.  They move at some speed incidentally but when they are scared they stop in their tracks and bury their nose in the soil - that's how I managed to get a couple of great photos but I didn't intentionally frighten him.  

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