Mrs G

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Feed birds

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 16:38

I've tried to plant the garden in a way that provides lots of food, berrying shrubs (eg guelder rose, dog rose) and sunflowers but the shrubs aren't producing yet. There was already a mature elder, hazel and hawthorn so I usually just put out fat balls, seed and peanuts between Autumn and Spring when it's warmed up enough for there to be insects about.  I don't think I could afford to do it all Summer to as we have at least 20 sparrows darting in and out of the hedges. 

Feed birds

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 13:43

I used to feed all year too but found over the summer months a lot of food was getting left in the feeders and getting spoiled by rain. 

Feed birds

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 12:42

Our weather has suddenly turned cold and wet in the last fortnight and the starlings have already started stripping the Rowans.  Should I start putting out supplementary food for the birds, it seems early?

Poorly Chicken

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:08

Give them all some Poultry Spice as a pick me up until you can get it properly checked out by a vet.  It's just a herbal pick me up that helps at times of stress e.g. moult, moving house, illness etc.  Sounds like something has affected blood flow to that area like low oxygen levels in the blood, are there any other symptoms like sneezing or wheezing?

Mystery tree

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:07

Maybe it is lime, it does have serrated edges. 

Mystery tree

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:04

I think lime leaves are heart shaped with a smooth edge.

Please help, have I caused irreversible damage and if so what can I do?

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 19:12

Can I just ask Ian what 'gardener' cut this for you?  I would have thought it was common knowledge that any gardener worth his salt would know that conifer is not going to grow back from old wood.  Also even though you were within your rights to cut back the bit on your property which was encroaching, I would have thought that out of courtesy you would have let your neighbour know before you took action which could have prevented this.  I'm just speaking from the perspective of someone whose mixed hedge was cut last year in June by my neighbours gardener without asking and he took down all the height which I'd been leaving for some privacy.  Her gardener's idea of gardening is to cut every shrub into a sphere and cut things at the wrong time of year, very annoying.  Like others have said I would beg your neighbour to let you rip it out and replace it with something that suits both your needs better.  I would also offer to pay for the whole thing, hopefully they'll offer to pay for half! 

Wind damaged Buddlea

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:54

Yes this must be the worst time of year to get high winds, when everything is in full leaf.  Sadly it is out of our control, we'll just have to pick up the pieces tomorrow. 

Wind damaged Buddlea

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:40

I've got a Hazel and Silver Birch taking a battering, I just hope the greenhouse survives.

Recommend me a tree please

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 18:08

...or a Crab Apple?

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