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Posted: 01/04/2017 at 16:38

You are very welcome Ronnie.

Perhaps you will post some pictures of your baskets later in the year.

Hope your neighbours will be duly impressed

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 16:35

An update as promised.

I've received an email from the supplier saying that they are sending me a replacement camera.  

Unfortunately, they don't say what was wrong and their technical staff have w/ends off ( shocking state of affairs  ).

Bearing in mind what some of you have said re size of animal, etc. when I receive the new cam, I will try dragging a hedgehog sized thing across the ground after dark and see if it will pick it up.  Not exactly technical I know but not sure how else to prove one way or the other. Whoever is going into the feeding box at the moment isn't as time conscious as last year.  There's a limit to how often I can keep leaping downstairs throughout the night to catch him/her/them out !

Of course, the new camera may work perfectly.....I hope so.

Thanks again for your info and advice. 

General questions on indoor citrus and other plants

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:33

Will also help to specify what Orchid you have Irene 


Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:30

Shallow or deep basket ?  

It depends how much effort you want to put in over the season with feeding and watering and whether you intend to plant something else in there too.

With newly bought corms, I'd have thought 5 to a basket would provide you with a nice show if you interplant.  Otherwise, you may even get away with 7 for the season.

Plant Identification

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 19:24

I'd certainly containerise the Comfrey ( pic 2 ) otherwise it will over run your garden ( and possibly the world ).

It's a great plant, insects love it and you can use it to make a liquid feed but left to it's own devices, it can prove to be a thug.

I'd agree with LB re the top pic.

Ring Neck Doves are Nesting in my Garden

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 17:02

Collared doves can be a bit silly when choosing nesting sites.  A pair nested in a rather obvious spot in my large Twisted willow tree a few years ago.  Needless to say, the resident pair of crows took the squab just before it was due to fledge.

They are resilient birds tho and do, sometimes, learn thru trial and error.

Must admit I'd sooner see the squabs taken by other birds rather than cats - IMO, it's the latter which are best described as Nasty Little B*****s

Regenerating a twisted willow

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 17:58

I have a large Twisted Willow which I had topped over this winter.  It must be at least 30 years old .  Very high water table here and all types of willow grow to enormous proportions.

I love it and so do all the birds.......some just perch to get the benefit of the morning sun, others pinch the new growth for their nesting materials and the Sparrowhawk uses it to check out the surrounding area.

They aren't the easiest trees to rid yourself of so I'd go with the watering and no more pruning until it looks healthy enough to trim ( if necessary )

Wildlife Pond and filters

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 17:02

 Potteringabout - as above

Hidden gems?

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 19:21

The HBHawkmoths certainly value the Valerian.  In a good summer, I get as many sightings of these as I did in SW France.  Gorgeous little jobs and altho the Valerian can be a PITA, they are worth it for this alone.

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 17:59

Pansy....I will of course immediately report on here if an Elephant should crash thru the garden - I reckon I would be able to spot that even without the wretched camera

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