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Tim Burr


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Helleborus niger in family garden- too dangerous?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 23:48
If you look in any garden with a handful of plants, at least one or two of them will be poisoness. Do you have daffidils in your garden in Spring? They are poisoness. Most of the toxin is found in the bulbs, but the leaves and stems carry alkaloids that can be damaging to health. During the second world war, the Dutch out of desperation fed daffodil bulbs to their starving cattle - the cattle died.

At least 40% of all plant families contain plants that carry alkaloids - some alkaloids can be harmful and fatal, whilst others help to wake us up in the morning (ie coffee).

With so many posioness plants in the garden, and inquisative children, you'd think there would be control of toxic plants, or big warning notices on plant labels saying don't let children (or anybody else) eat this plant. In fact, such warnings are few and far between, because its clearly a very rare incident.

Security

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 19:13

What about trip wires connected to personal attack alarms which are discretely located in the undergrowth?  As the wire is tripped, then it sends out an ear piercing alarm, which they won't be able to muffle because they won't be able to see it.  They will scarper for fear of being discovered.  If you have a two or three and keep moving them around the site, then it only takes a few episodes of it going off and they'll think the whole allotment is wired.

Suppose it depends on the effectiveness of neighbours to the allotment and if they would be happy to act as unpaid security every time something or somebody trips the alarms.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Decibel-Keyring-Personal-Alarms-Electronics/dp/B0050HVT7Q/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1347991816&sr=8-7

 

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 21:03
No, just the food hut. My garden is very small (modern housing develoment), so my hogs just come, feed, and go. I'd love to put in a hog box, but being such a small garden, I fear any resident hog would be disturbed too much for example mowing the lawn at weekends. Also, being such a small garden, it doesnt have the space for the untidy areas (ie fallen leaf mounds) that hogs love.

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 20:42
Happy to report - has just left the filing box, and went straight to food hut - face now in a bowl of Spike, mealworm and chicken breast. Hog happy, family relaxed!

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 20:04
Update - whilst in the cat box, he snuggled under the towel making himself all toasty warm. About half an hour a go, transferred him to one of those filing boxes with a lid and cut the side off to make an exit. Lined the base with papers and hay. Placed him on the patio next to the hedghog food hut (where they all the hogs who visit my garden pile in regulalry eat for nightly nibbles) - we're all now sitting patiently in the conservatory waiting for him to appear. Might be one of those panda kitkat evenings! Anyway, beats Countryfile!

May has come early.

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 16:31
I trimmed back my ceanothus four weeks ago to keep it in check. Has put on a new spurt of growth and now reflowering.

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 16:27
Just been to see him - fast asleep, breathing seems OK (not laboured or shallow) - bit loathe to wake him now. Will put him out this evening around 9pm which is around the time the hogs normally come into the garden anyway.

I've sorted out the pond - noticed it was quite low down despite all the rain, so probably didn't help as more distance to haul himself out from.

Very lucky chap - I was going to leave the grass mowing to the guinea pigs, but they are so rubbish sometimes missing the edges and long stuff - only reason I got mower out.

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 14:34
Whilst giving my lawn a mow, movement from the pond caught my eye and spotted a hedgehog having difficulties getting out. It had managed to get itself caught between a sunken pot and the edge of the pond and couldn't haul itself out (I'm very conscious of hog safety and thought I'd covered all safety issues by having slopping edges and a beach - first incident since installing pond over 18 months ago). Hauled the poor chap out and he's now on a towel, on a heat pad, in a cat box with a dark blanket over the box to keep out light. At first he was shaking, so immediate concern was getting him warmed up. That seems to have stopped now, but concerned with what I need to do next. Tried to ring a couple of wildlife animal rescues near me, but no answer (it's Sunday). Also, my vets are closed except for emergency. I'm sure he's going to be OK, but wondering if I should take him to rescue place tomorrow, or leave him to go free once it gets dark this evening and when his mates come into the garden. Should I wait till tomorrow evening to make sures he's eaten something? Happy to take whatever advice. I live in West Surrey - so if anybody knows any local rescue contacts, please let me know.

Sedum Collapse

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:09
My sedums (Autumn Joy), are slowing collapsing - I'm sure if we get any hard or persistent rain that will be it. My sedums are huge this year - at least 2 1/2 feet tall and just as wide. Flowers are fantastic and bees loving it. They werent as big last year. My sister-in-law asked me in late May if I was going to give them the Chelsea Chop - I wish I had now. Always next year!

Spindly Bamboo

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 20:15
I have bamboo (Phyllostachys Nigra), which is growing well (very healthy green lea ves) but its stems are very spindly so when it rains, it ends up laying prostrate on the border and onto the lawn. Ive ended up staking it to keep it upright. If I dont stake it, it just flops again. Why is it so spindly? Its in good light, which isnt full blazing sun all day, but does get direct sun on it for up to 3/4 hours a day (when sunny!). I water it well, and when I planted it (two years ago), I planted it in good soil with good supply of well rotted manure. Havent fed it since. Do stems thicken up over time?

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Bamboo in trough

Trimming it down to size 
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mildew-on-aquilegia-leaves

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tool-of-the-day

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loging-in

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Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Gone all scruffy 
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Last Post: 03/08/2013 at 20:52

Japanese Acer disposal

 
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Last Post: 19/07/2013 at 11:02

Pond level dropping.....

...top up with tap water? 
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Last Post: 18/07/2013 at 09:55

Too late for a Chelsea Chop?

Season is 3/4 weeks behind so really, we're still in May, right? 
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Last Post: 16/06/2013 at 13:54

Plant or weed....?

....never seen anything like this before 
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Last Post: 10/06/2013 at 22:31

Gardening errors.....

......made good (or bad) 
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Last Post: 05/06/2013 at 19:50

Flaming Weeds!

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Last Post: 22/05/2013 at 18:43

Stamped on lilies

Big foot strike again 
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Last Post: 05/05/2013 at 22:51

Umbrella Plant

To chop or not to chop! 
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Last Post: 04/05/2013 at 11:12

Crown Imperials

Lazarus bulbs! 
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Last Post: 25/04/2013 at 06:41

Too cold to relocate perennials?

Cold days and freezing nights 
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Last Post: 30/03/2013 at 22:40
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