philippa smith2

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Posted: 12/08/2016 at 18:58

HH - You don't actually need a Rockery as such - a couple of slabs laid on soft soil will provide habitat for overwintering newts. 

The rest of your garden looks rather like mine


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 18:42

Actually, I don't watch any of the Olympics but feel I should stick up for Clare Balding - she does know her "walks" as well as her horses.  You just need to be up early enough to catch her at her best.  

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 18:22

Clatnow.......I think you misunderstood my post - or I wasn't clear enough.

It's not me moving the Crested Newts - far from it - I was simply emphasising that the law is only the law when it doesn't interfere with big business/infrastructure, etc. You only need to look at some of the SSSI 's.

An established colony of Crested Newts was moved recently - or at least a new "habitat" was made for them in order to allow a by pass to be constructed for the new Hinkley C Nuclear station traffic.

The station has been beset by financial difficulties and arguments as to whether it is a viable untested design or the answer to to our prayers for wasteful electricity users - the Newts have been moved regardless.

My point was that the protection put on any Fauna and Flora only applies to a certain extent - it can be overturned in a jiffy should it be considered "vital" or even "necessary".  How you interpret that does of course depend on where you are sitting - politically speaking.

My very ordinary Newts live and breed happily in my garden.  It's the best I can do as I didn't fancy doing a Tiananmen thing and laying down in front of the bulldozers. I can shout louder when I am up and running as opposed to being squished ( by accident of sad, etc., etc.  )

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 16:21

Unfortunately, SOME of us can move them when Power stations and By passes are involved

My flowers ..

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 16:05

As always, some beautiful flowers and photos on here - too numerous to mention individually

aym - sorry hadn't meant to be mysterious with the ones I put on yesterday - a bit of trouble uploading so didn't get chance to title them.

The Oenthera and the Rose - have no idea of the variety of the latter.  Sadly it has no scent but is such a beautiful yellow.

No. 1 is Crassula falcata (aeroplane propeller) - there are 2 ( maybe more ? ) but the major difference is the size of the leaves.  Mine is the smaller type.  Now 24 hours later, most of the flowers are open.

No. 3 is Sempervivum ( House leek ) - not sure which one as labels are long gone.

No. 4 is Phytolacca americana ( pokeweed ) - that whole "spire" will soon turn a dark purply black.

No. 6 is a Sedum - could be telepheum but don't know for sure.  It grows with the Sedum spectabile but is not as tall or as vigorous.


Posted: 11/08/2016 at 18:33

I'm not sure Heathers and Mint really go together .  In fact, Mint doesn't really go with anything as it will will usually swamp any other plant. Restrict it to a pot - sunken or otherwise.  Might have been easier to keep the pond ?

Saffron crocus

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 18:26

Me too Nutcutlet........I should have put a "tongue in cheek" smilie after Saffron Walden I guess.

I think the last crops were the 1500's or so - just goes to show how useless we are these days

Saffron crocus

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 18:04

Unless you can emulate the climate of Turkey or similar, and have an enormous amount of ground,  you will be hard pressed to grow sufficient here to keep you in saffron - sad but true.  Might be a slight advantage if you live in Essex - Saffron Walden in particular - but other than that, the simple answer as to whether it is worth it/cost effective is No.

Nothing to stop you having a go with them but you will still be needing to buy the end product


Posted: 11/08/2016 at 17:48

Not at it's best but frogs, newts, Dragon and Damselflies, Beetles, Skaters, and all the rest.  The pond is raised  some 10 inches above ground level with gravel paths/wild planting on 3 sides.  The hedgehogs use the paths regularly ( with no fatalities) and the birds are able to use the planting for drinks, insect foraging, etc. There are no ramps - just sufficient planting remaining all year round to enable people to get in and out quite easily.  I'd not say it is a design I would choose but as I inherited it, I've worked with it. It seems to satisfy the inhabitants/users and so satisfies me too  

My flowers ..

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 17:28

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