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Posted: 20/06/2015 at 17:55

Yes, I thought I had definitely lost it and was very surprised by the new strong shoots coming from the old stem. I was especially sad as this was grown from a cutting a friend gave me when he was moving. It was blackened by many days hard frost several years ago...I didn't agree lightly but the choice was bad blood between neighbours or the loss of my lovely ceanothus....?


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 00:44

My neighbour had to replace a large fencing panel and my now very robust and beautiful ceanothus that I'd grown from a cutting several years ago  had to be cut right back to 3" above the soil. This was the year when it should have had its first flowers, having escaped all the frost and cold winds of previous winters, and now here it was a stump, but I was so pleased to find three new strong shoots growing from the stump. How long it will take to flower now and will I still be around to see it goodness knows, but the fact that its growing is hopeful if anyone has to take drastic action with their ceanothus. 

A case of the missing goldfish (and a heron)

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 01:45

Sorry about the loss of your fish. I put canes around the pond and rested the black netting over them, it worked very well keeping the herons out, allowing hedgehogs and birds to escape, we're near the Broads, lots of herons...had some beautiful koi and orfe which sadly the visiting otter enjoyed last year...nets do not keep otters out. I made a small pond for amphibians and the larger one for fish...and otters.

What are these?

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 01:27

I do recognise the form and have looked through all my ref. books but still can't find the name...at first thought it might be flax, but the flower buds are more a daisy-type flower, a smooth leaved yellow thistle or hawkweed. very interested to see what opens...have no real idea what plant you bought, could be many things, but not I think golden rod... few books show wilflowers in their bud stage...

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 15:45

Under section 161 of the Highways Act1980, it is an offence for any person, without lawful authority or excuse, to discharge any firearm within fifty feet of the centre of any highway which comprises a carriageway, if in consequence, any user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered. For these purposes a carriageway means a highway (other than a cycle track) over which the public have a right of way for the passage of vehicles. Air rifles above 12ft/lbs are classified as a Section 1 Firearm and requires a licence (FAC) otherwise known as a firearms certificate, and an Air pistol above 6ftlb is a prohibited weapon.

The following are considered pests.BIRDS: (covered by the open general licences) crows, rooks, jackdaws, magpies, jays, wood pigeon, collared doves, and feral pigeons.
MAMMALS: brown rats, grey squirrels, stoats, mink and rabbits.

If its not possible to be absolutely sure of killing any animal or bird humanely, then it should not be attempted. 



squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 15:33

A grey squirrel has built its winter drey in our willow tree from dried oak leaves, and moss from the shed roof. It feeds from the sunflower hearts in a hanging feeder, with goldfinches on the feeder one twig away, and pheasant, reed bunting and brambling, with up to a dozen blackbirds and 32 chaffinches,( yes, 32 and then I lost count!) feeding on the crumbs the squirrel was dropping on them. Its a wildlife garden for wildlife, we have up to five hedgehogs in the season, we've had otter and the occasional deer popping in. It's on the main,busy village road, with  a huge field on the long edge.  In this cold weather I've seen  three mistle thrushes feeding with the fieldfares. If you want to encourage these handsome birds cut up as many apples as you can sapre and put them somewhere sheltered, they are very cautious birds, and just this morning I heard Today prog. say they were disappearing,

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