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Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:39

we have been here since 2001 and although we have lots of magpies, jackdaws, robins, blackbirds, foxes and cats (not ours) we definitely have never seen any squirrels at all. we're in between two fairly busy roads and even if we hadn't seen squirrels we would probably have seen signs that the fox/cat had killed one or two of them. 



Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:23

thanks for the replies but we don't have squirrels !!!!


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:11

hello. I have a real conundrum which I am at a loss to solve. Earlier this year I planted up some nice new glazed pots with different varieties of Lily bulbs. The pots are on my patio in full sun (when it shines that is). They started showing signs of life then we were hit by some awful weather (heavy wind/rain) that seemed to last ages. I went to work as usual and the weather had been raining and very misty that day, came home to find something had dug up one of the pots. There was a terrible mess all over the patio, some of the bulbs had been eaten, and the rest were scattered over the slabs. I had to wait for a dry day before I could tidy the mess and replant what had been disturbed. All was quiet for about a week, and I noticed that several other pots had also been dug up exactly like the first one.

As I thought bulbs are poisonous, am confused as to what creature has been doing this. The only animals that pass through my garden are cats and foxes.

Thankfully, most of the plants grew ok and are now dying back but I did notice one of the smaller pots had been disturbed again yesterday.


What is doing this ???





Posted: 06/07/2015 at 13:36

thanks for the replies but we definitely don't have squirrels or badgers (too urbanised). could it be foxes ???  do they eat bulbs ??? always thought bulbs were poisonous !!!

Cuttings From Pinks

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:22

why don't you try the "how to" clips on this website ????


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:10

hello, a few weeks back I bought some lovely large glazed ceramic pots and filled them with Asiatic Lily bulbs. They have been slow to get going because of the cooler, wet early summer. However I noticed one or two trying to pop their little heads above the compost last week but to my dismay this weekend, one of the pots had a gaping hold in the compost and a whole bulb has been taken. Now I know the Jackdaws and Magpies which are very widespread around where I live often dig around and fling the compost all over the patio  but for the life of me I cannot work out what has eaten the bulb. this is not the first time that this has happened, a little while back I noticed that one of my hostas in a very large pot had a gaping hole down the side of the compost !!!

not sure what's going on here but maybe someone will have an idea ???

thanks for your help


Rats and Mice in my garden!

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 11:58

hello, we had a rat problem for a number of years after moving to this property. they originated from next door and were getting into our attic via a hole between the roof spaces. we rang council who sent a man who put down traps and used a camera to check our main drain and next doors. he said next doors drain had a crack that the rats were squeezing through. the traps caught several of them in the attic (thankfully) and we sealed up the hole in the wall and any other gaps which we thought they might use. I would NOT be worried about what your neighbours might think, if they are on your property you have every right to call the council for help, especially with your OH in her delicate condition and even if she wasn't pregnant as well. I am all for helping our wildlife where possible, however, these are vermin and need to be dealt with asap.

good luck, am sure the problem will be sorted soon and you will be vermin free    

Talkback: Lily beetle

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 18:26
what does the sunflower oil do exactly, can't see why this would deter the larvae unless they are choosy about their diet ???

Monty and those gardening sins...

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 11:57

I also watched the programme and used to wonder about the way he planted stuff. I've worked out that he shows people what to plant and how to plant but hasn't got the time (because the programme is only on for half an hour) to do it "properly". Bet when the cameras have finished and gone, he'll go back and plant things the way they should be planted eg: plant at the right depth and water in thoroughly. Sometimes I think he looks tired and was glad to see him sitting with his dog    

Another question

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 11:31

hello, can anyone tell me how to jump ahead to look at most recent comments when reading questions posed on the site. sometimes the question was posed last year and people are still making comments or answering posts this year.

how do I do that ???


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