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Latest posts by Lavender Lady

Greedy starlings

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 10:05

I like to put out mealworms as a treat for the birds but the greedy starlings eat them all in such a frenzy that the other birds just do not get a look in.  I know the starlings have got to eat too and I do love to see them sqabbling over them but there are just not any left for the other birds.

Does anyone have any ideas how to starling proof them.  I can give them some as well but something just for the other birds as well.

Any ideas ???

slugs in the kitchen

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 09:19

Slugs and snails carry a disease which can cause lung worm in cats and dogs. It is transmitted when the slugs and snails go on pets food and water.  Need to be careful if they are getting into your pets food. 

urban gardening and cat poop

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 09:06

I am like you Janyce - I have two cats of my own and they tend to prefer to poo in my garden rather than the neighbours.  I just bag it up and put in the dog poo bins (although I know you are not supposed to do this really but we have to get rid of it don't we) in the winter I may put it in my wheely bin but definately not in the summer as it will smell. 

Digitalis illumination pink

Posted: 18/12/2012 at 07:12

Yes I would say about 3 feet, I have mine planted at the front of a small border with roses and other taller foxgloves behind it.  I have enclosed a pic for you to see





Digitalis illumination pink

Posted: 17/12/2012 at 18:33

I have the illumination pink, I bought it as a plant last summer and it flowered non stop from July til the first frost arrived.  Lovely plant, the bees loved it.  Keeping my fingers crossed it survives the winter but my garden is pretty sheltered. I would recommend it.

Advent prizes

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 10:20

Are you doing the RHS advent calender as well.  That has some very good prizes - but alas I;'ve not won there either. 

Advent prizes

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 10:20

Well Lyn I have been doing the advent calender every day and have not won anything yet.  Shame cos they have had some good prizes.  I too did wonder if you did not sign up for the emails whether that meant you did not stand a chance but i just could not put up with the hassle of all those emails they bombard you with. 

Oh well keep trying you never know

Where are all the birds ?

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 13:36

The birds are back now,  lots of starlings, blue tits, blackbirds, robin, sparrows.  All feeding today, put food out early this morning and it had all gone by lunchtime.  I was getting quite worried and did not know why they were boycotting me.  Had to throw the peanuts away though cos had gone mouldy. 

I have a couple of apples that are past their best and thought about putting them out, do I cut them up or just put it on the birdtable whole.

Where are all the birds ?

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 08:58

Hi Bazza and everyone else for your comments.

Bazza you are certainly on form today, pleased to hear they have not deserted you though.

It is interesting to read the comments, some people seem to have lots of birds and others not so many as last year. 

The peanuts and seed has been out for nearly 3 weeks now, should I throw it away do you think, wondering if it will get mould etc and don't want to poison them when do eventually decide to visit me.    WIll get some niger and sunflower seeds (maybe a few fat balls) to try and tempt them back.   

Where are all the birds ?

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 12:32

I normally get birds in my garden but this autumn and winter I have had hardly any, just a few blackbirds and pigeons.  I have bird feeders out dotted around the garden but no visitors. 

Where are they all ?

Will the food be ok to leave out (it is just seed and peanuts in feeders).  Been reading about the birds cake recipe on the other forum so may give that a try to try and tempt them.

If anyone can help I would be grateful cos worried.  Why are they boycotting me.

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