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Re-vamping Rockery advice needed!

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 00:12

Hi Bonnieweething,

Appreciate it can be tricky getting roots out of a rockery situation (have lifted the rocks completely many times over the years. Suggest a fine fork tools could help you get deep. My fav weeding tool is this one 

Don't know about the orange poppies but would stop them flowering and setting seed by pulling flower buds off then would try and lift all their roots too.

Would worry about using weed killers (for future plants you do want to grow) if you were treating the whole area. Perhaps one of the stick/pen type weed-killers would work the best (no experience of use there).

As for your clay soil (not something I have ever gardened in) but I'd say it is completely the opposite side of soil type that you need for rockery (& alpine) plants which thrive on free draining soil. I'd suggest you make up a 50:50 mix of grit and topsoil to replace the soil you have lifted

Potted Acer

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:47

HI Fairy54,

Guessing your Acer pot is sited in an open situation catching wind and sun and that is why your leaves look like they are dying. Don't worry, it should hold on to some leaves this year if you move it to a more sheltered and shaded position and next year it will be back as good as new 

orange evergreen plants help

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 23:45

My suggestion -  Geum 'Totally Tangerine' 

Moth and Butterfly plants

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 22:36

Golden hop (humulus lupulus aureus) - for Comma's I believe I read somewhere 

new bird box

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 22:31

Hi again, Daintiness - great to hear you would like to share your camera view with your friends 

I've never set up my nest box live but I know of others who have which may help you with this (see links below). I must stress I have no experience to go on for recommendations. 

To share nestbox'hedgehog footage with my blog visitors, I upload videos to YouTube and embed them in my blog for others to see. I use a programme to edit the footage but you could Windows movie maker to do this for free (see video of doing this

By uploading to YouTube you could choose to share your videos with friends only (I'm sure there is a setting for that). You don't need to make them public. You could then send links to your friends via email/mobile. (don't know if this is still active - its supposed to be free but don't know if it's reliable) (you could email Jason about him streaming a live cam for you. His site suggests he does but the link didn't work when I tried it just now - I don't know if it would cost you) (Kate could probably make a suggestion for you if you were to email her)

Sorry that's all I've got for you just now. If I come across any others in the next few weeks I'll come back here with a link

Best wishes for a successful brood of Blue tits - 11 chicks fledging would be a great result!


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 18:06

Hi again 

Hartleyhare, thanks for your kind comment. Over the weekend I'll look through my many photos to illustrate better what my feeding station looks like and what I did. I like the fact that it is hidden in my garden. I'll put a blog together showing as many images as I can. Delighted to hear you have hogs strong enough to be released but I fully understand your concern 0 I would feel the same.


Vic, delighted that there were links of interest to you. My blog takes up a lot of time, so sometimes bits don't get update as much as I would like. This thread has prompted me to sort the hedgehog tales soon. Sorry to hear about your RSPCA experience - that's not good at all. I've called the SSPCA a few times and they have been brilliant about the hedgehogs. The staff at the end of the phone have been as helpful as the ones who came out to my garden. Ah... some of this videos are old ones so maybe the format doesn't read well on your ipad. I had great fun picking music for the clips 


Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:28

Hi everyone, delighted to hear you’ve all seen hedgehogs visiting your garden 

Pinkypoo and Victoria Sponge, after watching hogs in my garden over the last 7 yrs I agree with all Hartleyhare has said – some good info there especially on not putting out bread or milk. I agree with others saying they can visit regularly and then not appear for a spell.

I have blogged hedgehog visits with my observations, photos and video over the last few years. If anyone is interested in a lot more hedgehog chat there’s some at Although I can see now I have some major updating to do on links and info here. You’ll see details of my very first basic feeding station using an upturned box at .

My present feeding station is a hard plastic (no longer required) single floor, rabbit/guinea pig hutch integrated into a garden border (seen 5th photo down It has an IR cam and I enjoy watch hogs feed in there at night (some images here  

new bird box

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 10:37

Hi Lisa, congratulations on having a nestbox family so soon after putting your nestbox up - your timing was good for the birds (a shame OH is missing this). I completely understand your excitement as within 2 days of our camera nestbox going up (7yrs ago) we saw our first nesting pair come house hunting 

I agree with Daintiness on the hardships in nature when using a camera nestbox and also the joy it brings too. It is absolutely fascinating to see the speed a chick can grow in a day when fed well. I have blogged on our 3 Blue tit families - two failed but back in 2010 we saw a successful brood fledge

There is ‘great’ excitement in our nestbox this year with our first Great tit nest build completed. I strongly suspect early this morning Mrs GT laid a 2nd egg ( I got up yesterday to watch live ). This is just as exciting to watch as the very first nest build. Fingers crossed all goes well for our nestbox family and yours too :

Wildlife Pond plants.

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 00:16

Sounds like you've made a good start

I'm planting up my new pond at the moment too. I know deliveries can be a pain, but very impressed with my first online delivery from Puddleplants ( ) and it looks like I'm going to be ordering more from them as can't get the natives/plants for wildlife I'd like in GC's up my way. I found looking through plant lists in the wildlife collections at Puddleplants (for frogs and tadpoles for eg) helped me a lot

I don't have enough plants to list 'must haves' but I've been enjoying my Marsh Marigolds and would list them as a must have. I have small plants of Brooklime and Forget-me-not blue but have yet to see them flower. Water violet, Pennyroyal, Water Crowfoot & Fringe Lily are among my wishlist plants

Wildlife pond progression

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:54

Looking good there 

I might be worried about sunshine on your exposed liner damaging it in time. Hedgehogs might slide on it when it is wet and end up in the water too - they should get out your shallow side fine by the looks of it.

My suggestion might be to add a long strip of tree trunk (making sure no sharp branches/edges to pierce your liner) along the back edge. You could build soil up behind it and plant it with plants that could spill over the log - ferns like the hart's tongue or wild flowers maybe. Or you could have a bog garden behind your log edge. Ideally if you had some branches going up in the air then birds would land on them bringing them to bathe and drink at your pond.

Enjoy... I'm having a great time planting up my pond build - the hard work is almost a distant memory

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Discussions started by shirlsgw

Adding videos to forum

Video space shows blank square - what went wrong? 
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Garden Pond Wildlife: Photos, Video & ID's

Can you share images of yours and help with ID's? 
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