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CATS

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 09:32

Our latest cat spends most of her life indoors and has a litter tray but previous cats have always used our garden.  When we lived in Harrow we had up to 7 cats take up residence with us, 3 cats next door and 2 at the next house so I simply gardened with gloves on.   

Now we have 2 dogs and have to do regular poo patrols in our garden as well as taking poo bags on walkies.  It's all part of responsible pet ownership along with having cats and dogs sterilised, chipped, vaccinated and regularly treated for worms, ticks and fleas.   I also think cats should be kept in at night.

We feed the birds all year round but I have a special hanging bird feeder bar that keeps them out of the range of pouncing pussies and the ground feeding slab is clear of cover too.  There are shrubs nearby so the small birds have shelter from sparrowhawks too.

We live in the country in an old farmhouse so need a cat or two to catch the mice which try to migrate into the house for winter.  Our terrier rescue dog is good at chasing rats which live in burrows along the edge of the arable field behind and also like to explore our garden and garage for food in winter.   

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 13:10

Pusscat on a rare outing in the garden

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Former cats Zazu and Sushi getting acquainted

 

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Sacha in the Barbie pool

 

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Rasta mothering Sushi

 

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 Zazu died of old age despite losing a leg to a car when he was 6 but Sacha and Sushi were both run over and killed in our country lane.   Two other cats were also run over and two more disappeared without trace so we only take in strays now.   They all had such different personalities and were much loved. 

Feeding birds.

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 11:21

I don't have space in my freezer nor a good source of lard so I buy fat balls from a local source I trust - no RSPB here - and then peanuts and mixed seed either in bags or loose depending on prices which vary through the year.   They aso get fat blocks with fruit or mealworms when I can find them.   

I feed the birds throughout the year so they survive winter and make healthy eggs and have the energy to scour my garden for pesty insects and caterpillars to feed their babies in spring and summer.   There is now a healthy resident colony of sparrows as well as great and blue tits and we get visiting chaffinches, siskins, wrens, dunnocks, robins, blackbirds, thrushes, woodpeckers and some I've never identified as well as pheasants, jays, jackdaws and an occasional sparrowhawk.   

I love the animation and chatter and have no need for chemical pesticides so it's a win win double whammy for me and the birds.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 10:01

We have always had cats and moved to Belgium with 5 of them just over 20 years ago.   Now we are down to just one who we adopted after finding her sheltering in an outhouse and starving.  

She'd clearly been abandoned and was a very angry, frightened cat but we managed to get her to a vet and have her sterilised.  She didn't go outside for 4 months after that as she was afraid of being left out again.   That was just over 4 years ago and she's finally accepted that she's secure and is bright and chatty and playful and she's learned to like cuddles but only when she asks. 

She does not approve of our two rescue dogs or other cats.  Quite a character.

large beds

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:16

Thank you BM.   I have spent this season working to regain some semblance of control in my garden after 2 years of neglect arising from mechanical problems requiring surgery on my neck and then both feet.   There's still a long way to go but I have been doing my best to introduce more colour to the borders and have been pleased with the results, especially with the hotter colours starting in August and lasting till November.  

One day I hope it will be as vibrant as Lyn's and as exhuberant but quietly controlled as Busy's but the woodland and pond beds still need a major overhaul - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1407%20garden?sort=2&page=1 .

 

According to Pidge the Toad we're in for a white Christmas

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 16:14

Thanks Gemma.  I just wanted to know the likelihood of it being the same Pidge the Toad.   I'd rather have a white Xmas than a freezing cold one without a lovely protective blanket to protect my treasures from deep freeze and dessicating winds.

According to Pidge the Toad we're in for a white Christmas

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 07:59

How long does the average toad live?  

large beds

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 13:49

Hi Lyn.  Glad you like it.   That clematis is an alba luxurians and was perfectly happy on its obelisk last year but this year it grew much bigger and used the echinops for support to great effect.

large beds

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 11:14

I like deep, wide beds too but in order for acces I have put some stone slabs through one bed

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 and to get round the woodland corner of the garden we made narrow chip bark paths and placed a bench so we can get a different persective on the garden and also get in with a wheelbarrow if necessary.

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GRANDMA'S BACK.

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 10:28

I'm pleased you've decided to stay and hope you will use the Ignore function to save you from reading diatribes from known idiots.    No-one should leave this forum because of the stupidity and/or insensitivity of others, especially when they can be so easily excommunicated from our personal space.

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