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Wildlife photos

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 16:41

Here's an amusing encounter between some of my garden wildlife. The fox cub didn't notice the deer at first but then got curious.

The deer, which had been watching the cub, decided it was time to stand up and the cub realised it was much bigger than it looked.

Slightly sheepish looking cub (pardon the metaphor).

This was taken a few hours later that day. The fawn was probably why the deer was a bit nervous of the fox cub.

How to get rid of one rock

Posted: 12/09/2017 at 00:24

You need a feather and wedge set and a sledgehammer or hefty lump hammer as well as your drill. I don't think a clawhammer will be up to the job. Search Youtube for rock splitting and you will find lots of videos showing how to do it.

mysterious growths! Camellia

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 14:03

They are seed pods also known as camellia fruit. Perfectly natural and not a problem.

Which grapes variety

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 13:07

Might be Siegerebbe. If so then it is a good dual purpose wine/dessert grape. Wait until all the grapes turn colour then taste every few days till you get maximum sweetness. Or turn your back on them for a couple of days and blackbirds will have the lot .

Star fish (fungi?)

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 23:11

My guess is it is Clathrus Archeri or Devil's Fingers. Introduced to Europe from Australia/NZ. It should be very smelly.

Wild strawberries question

Posted: 16/08/2017 at 23:01

It might be easier to find a friend/neighbour who has them and can offer some runners. The round fruit variety grow like weeds in my garden and I am constantly pulling them out even though I like the fruit. 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 16:53

"Our" roebuck was back in the garden yesterday morning, scrumping for apples.

No manners at all, if he didn't like the rotten apples all he had to do was say so!

Handsome little fellow though.

Not so welcome when he starts on the non-fallen apples though.

Climbing Hydrangea

Posted: 01/08/2017 at 23:27

It is very vigorous and will easily cover your fence, in fact it is capable of growing up to 12 metres high or more. So keeping it under control will be a big issue. Can your fence take the weight? I suspect it would overwhelm any fence and really needs a solid wall to support it so might not be the best choice.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 14:28

Never seen a stonechat before as far as I know, cute little thing. Great views of the corries too.

We have lots of youngsters in the garden at the moment - juvenile jay.

Young thrushes, I think.

Bench renovation

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 17:04

Plants make oxalic acid to protect themselves from predators, famously in rhubarb leaves but also in edible plants like spinach and swiss chard. Even a cup of tea has around 50mg of oxalic acid in it! So nature can cope with it but of course it is the dose that makes the poison.

If you have a hard surface in the garden you could do the job on that as I suspect that most rocks will help neutralise the acid, especially limestone. Just use plenty of water to wash it away and you should be OK.

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