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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?

Crocrosmia

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 20:12
I would say the lighter the soil, the deeper you need to go - if your ground is light loam or sandy, it will need to be deeper than 4x bulb otherwise you'll need to stake. Also, be aware that over the years, as the old year corm dissapears, replaced by the new year corm, the corm will get gradually closer and closer to the surface, so after 6/7 years, you may have to dig up and replant deeper. I would say that because of the ease at which they spread thru' the border, you will probably be digging them up well splitting them and replanting well before 6/7 years.

Papaver orientalis Patty's Plum

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 23:06
Good luck if you can get them to flower - I bought three of them three years ago. For three years in a row - lots of leaves, no flowers and then they just give up the will to live and then die back. This year I got fed up with them and pulled them out the ground and replaced with penstamons. I'm annoyed because when I bought them they werent cheap at ??6 per pot and for last three years they seem to feature at Chelsea where they look great. But not in my garden obviously!

Aconitum (aka monkshood / wolfs bane)

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 17:03
Thanks guys - have chopped them about half way down, some of the stems had flopped and made their way up to the light again so had u-bends in them, so cut to there. No lower leaves - eaten by gastropods I think, although I thought slugs dont eat them - cant think what else would?

Do aconitum benefit from Chelsea Chop? Trying to stop them growing so tall and then drooping under their own weight.

Aconitum (aka monkshood / wolfs bane)

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 11:07
My aconitums haved finished flowering - now setting seed, some of which has dried in situ, wih the rest still green. Should I cut it down to the ground (like other herbacious) or leave? Not fussed about it setting seeds, but want to make sure plant stays healthy and strong.

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Crocosmia Lucifer

Early flowering? 
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Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 19:04

Bamboo in trough

Trimming it down to size 
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Last Post: 24/02/2014 at 19:15

mildew-on-aquilegia-leaves

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Last Post: 12/08/2013 at 09:46

tool-of-the-day

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Last Post: 14/08/2013 at 18:05

loging-in

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Last Post: 11/08/2013 at 18:20

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
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