- Berkshire, UK. Bee friendly planting only & passionate about saving the European Hedgehog in Britain.
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3 days ago at 09:12
Lilac is another beauty for May, wonderful scent and many newer, more compact dwarf varieties available now.
Last edited: 19 January 2018 09:12:19
3 days ago at 18:32
Fantastic, cheers folks lots of winter online browsing to be done
Last edited: 18 January 2018 18:32:44
3 days ago at 18:28
My foxgloves usually pop up at the end of May but perhaps not so early for you up in Scotland. My forget me nots come up in May for sure with Honey Lily bulbs & last year the Purple Sensation alliums/bearded Irises. Even the oriental poppies made an appearance towards the end of the month.
Like Dove says Camassias too, as well as flowering cherries, crab apples & rowan trees. Lots of shrubs to choose from, Pyracantha peaked mid May for me.
Last edited: 18 January 2018 18:29:49
17 Jan 2018 19:51
I'm after some Bishop of Oxford Dahlia tubers for next year, where do folks recommend? Preferably somewhere with positive personal experience. Cheers.
Last edited: 17 January 2018 19:51:43
16 Jan 2018 13:57
The main problem is a lack of adequate light, you will get weaker leggy growth in conditions like these on a windowsill than if you start in March/April. Same with annuals.
15 Jan 2018 09:21
Pop if you see the babies again weigh them and anything under 600g needs overwintering or taking to a rescue, they are unlikely to be able to hibernate and make it through winter otherwise. I would do the same and check Mum too Put out some cat biscuits to entice them in the evening
Last edited: 15 January 2018 09:22:22
13 Jan 2018 09:25
I agree start with Crocus and daffs then tulips and lastly alliums but don't leave it much longer
Last edited: 13 January 2018 09:25:54
12 Jan 2018 12:52
They might make a bit of a mess but I'll take it in return for them eating all the garden pests like slugs. If they are indeed the same blackbird species, Send them my way!
06 Jan 2018 13:26
They do indeed poop literally everywhere, so it's a possibility. Do you have a hedgehog feeding station? They are easy to set up, just youtube them for a tutorial out of storage boxes placed against a fence or shed with a small gap in between. It's possible to still see youngsters around who are too young to hibernate and need all the food they can get their hands on, plus hibernation is not a constant - mild periods will cause hogs to wake and feed. A much more common occurrence with our bizarre winter weather patterns. The best bet is a trail cam like Penguin says, but it depends how much interest you have in wildlife
Last edited: 06 January 2018 13:27:36
03 Jan 2018 18:08
I'd knock the snow off of Evergreens including hedges if you have them, as they will often create brown patches/lose their shape with the snow. The rest should be fine
Last edited: 03 January 2018 18:09:13
02 Jan 2018 19:02
They are probably Wargrave pink, the most common geranium. I love Rozanne & Johnson's Blue, long flowering and the bees will be attracted by the purple/blue hue. Geranium Psilostemon/Patricia are also favourites for their bright magenta against black centres, have a google.
Last edited: 02 January 2018 19:04:09
29 Dec 2017 11:07
Just been out to the check, nothing yet in flower but snowdrops, iris ret, crocus, April daffs poking through. Daffodil 'January' & 'February Gold' looking closest to flowering.
26 Dec 2017 12:48
I feel the same, trying to avoid turning the lawn in to a mud bath but still behind with lots to do, yet to collect and spread the manure on the borders and move the pots of bulbs in to final position. High winds last night decided to knock over the jasmine
Last edited: 26 December 2017 12:49:42
24 Dec 2017 11:54
There are a few January and February flowering varieties but could be March/April ones arriving because of the milder weather
19 Dec 2017 15:45
I agree with both suggestions made, just make sure you do it outside of bird nesting season. Hedgehogs, small mammals & reptiles will love the deadwood & leaves below.
Last edited: 19 December 2017 15:46:05
18 Dec 2017 16:35
Agree with blackbirds.
Still some hogs around weighing too little to hibernate just yet, keep an eye out folks.
Last edited: 18 December 2017 16:36:18
17 Dec 2017 14:31
Any news Dave? I'm hoping it was a one-off rogue rat!
14 Dec 2017 19:42
Around 20 or so feed around here, maybe more, many people feed them.
12 Dec 2017 20:57
With Steve Backshall? I think it might be a repeat?
11 Dec 2017 12:19
Lots of snow here in Windsor, I don't recall it like this for 5-6 years so brushed heavy snow off of shrubs yesterday.. Just checked the forecast and -6 or -7 predicted tonight, so will dig up salvia patens and the slightly tender fuchsias. I don't fancy risking it with fleece. To think this time last year it was 13-14c
Last edited: 11 December 2017 12:19:56