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Tim Burr


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New year growth starting early

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 00:00
Did a bit of tidying up today as it had finally stopped raining enough for me to get in and clear the beds. Noticed that a summer flowering clematis has already started to sprout new growth, my Japanese irises are starting to throw up green shoots, and a perennial antirrhinum was in flower!! In the front garden, Bowles Mauve hasn't stopped flowering, and the gazanias are still hanging in there, although flowers are getting smaller and smaller! Understand its around 8C-10C above average for this time of year. Maybe it will be a colder January, although long range forecast looks like more of the same until middle of next month at least.

Bird feeders causing weeds?

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 00:08
I use no mess bird feed, but apart from not sprouting it still causes a mess from all the discarded seed. I tried putting trays underneath the feeders, but all that happens now is that they fill up, and then when it rains, I get seed porridge.

When I started feeding birds I had a rather suspicious looking plant appear in my garden near the bird feeder. Somebody suggested it was just hemp. I thought it was something different and so did my nurse friend. After several weeks of summer growing I decided not to risk it anymore and pulled it up and discarded it in the green wheelie bin.

Clearing snow...

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 21:42
As far as I am aware, the law has never been tested as to liability if you clear a public highway and somebody is injured by slipping on ice formed on a cleared surface. Any injured party would probably have to show you acted either maliciously or carelessly and that might be difficult to prove especially if you can show you were genuinely acting in good faith. Not withstanding that, over zealous and mean spirited local authorities may wish to throw their 'Elf and Safety weight around and claim your actions are causing a public nuisance, and forbid you from clearing public highway. However, if they did, then you have a right to remind them of their duty to public highways clear of all hazards!

It's different on your own land - visitors are protected by Occupiers Liability Act, so landowners must make reasonable effort to ensure the safety of visitors, meaning if you know somebody is going to walk on your land you must take reasonable action to clear it and then grit it, if necessary.

Pruning acers

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 19:04
I have an Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry', which I thought would be ideal for my small modern "development" (postage stamp), garden. I've since discovered that these trees grow quite tall (12m) and wide (5m). Given that my garden is only 10m deep, can I successfully keep it in check by pruning, or should I cut it down now? I planted it two years ago, and it is still only quite small (2m tall x 1m wide).

When I bought it the website said it was iideal for small garden, but on the same website it now says medium garden!

Water butts

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 23:18
I installed a second water butt this year as I found one was not enough. Even this year with all the rain, I was using water butt for pots and containers, and topping up pond. I've just got water bill for first half the year - ??40 cheaper than over same period last year. Well chuffed. Water but has paid for itself in less than six months.

Hedgehogs near extinction

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 18:09
Great news. Have found a local rescue that is willing to take Spike. Will be dropping him off in the morning. Thanks for all your support folks.

Hedgehogs near extinction

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 23:28
I'm currently baby sitting a small hedgehog weighing less than 300g. I found it on the doorstep on Tuesday. Have been ringing around rescue places but they don't answer or it goes to voicemail. I appreciate moat rescue places are run by volunteers so will keep trying.

The hedgehog is in a guinea pig hutch in the conservatory and has plenty of food and water - ate a 100g chicken terrine on the first evening and another 50g in the morning. It has ignored the dry cat biscuits, and mealworms I normally put out for the birds. I've put in plenty of hay, and a bought a grass tube from Pets at Home, which it especially enjoys sleeping in during the day. I know there are other hedgehogs frequenting my small garden as the food I put out is being eaten. I think this juvenile may be one (and only?) of their young as the two that I regularly see in the evening were doing hedgehog courting rituals on my patio in the late summer.

Very underweight hedgehog found on doorstep

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 20:17
Got home this evening and found a small hedgehog on front door step. Stepped over him and got kitchen scales and then back out and weighed him and he is 284g, well below survivable hibernation weight. Might seem unlikely the chap would survive winter due to weight. Watched a programme on TV the other day and also read various articles on line which advocates bringing in underweight hedgehogs in for safe keeping around this time f year. I have done that and he is now in his own box in the conservatory which is also where I winter the guinea pigs. I've provided chicken cat food, both dry and wet food. I will contact rescue centre tomorrow to see if they can take him. I do have a spare guinea pig hutch in the garage and wonder if that may be better for him. Although not heated, it doesn't freeze in the garage. I did read the key is to stop hibernation occurring, but no sure how that is achieved.

Tree Lily

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 17:16
I planted four Tree Lilly's in the ground quite late (June/July) - they were cheapies from Thompson and Morgan - I think I paid a 1p for them. Nothing appeared at all. Are they likely to just be sitting there waiting for next Spring, or would they have just rotted in the ground?

Hard pruning pyrancatha hedge

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 15:09
When I acquired my first garden, I had huge pyracantha shrub. It was hated for the obvious reason - whenever you walked within two foot of it, I'm sure it used to leap out of the border and scratch. In the end, I cut it down to within a foot of its life - no more branches, just a stump. I thought by doing that, it would just give up the ghost and die. By eck, did it not. Within 6 weeks it had resprouted all over the stump, and within a year it was back to nearly same height I'd hacked it back the previous year. It was too big to dig out of the ground. I just trimmed it back hard every year early in the spring. Eventually I showed it whose boss - I sold up and moved out!

Discussions started by Tim Burr

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Early flowering? 
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Japanese Acer disposal

 
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Pond level dropping.....

...top up with tap water? 
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Too late for a Chelsea Chop?

Season is 3/4 weeks behind so really, we're still in May, right? 
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Plant or weed....?

....never seen anything like this before 
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Gardening errors.....

......made good (or bad) 
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Flaming Weeds!

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Stamped on lilies

Big foot strike again 
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Umbrella Plant

To chop or not to chop! 
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Crown Imperials

Lazarus bulbs! 
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