I’ll get the confession out of the way first – I was at Malvern on Friday, working last Saturday and forgot to post! The penance has been done and I’m writing this on Friday night as I’m working again this weekend (not complaining about being busy but work does cut into the gardening time).
I thought I had the garden fairly well under control but this last couple of weeks has seen it run away from me a bit. Earlier in the year I mulched some of the beds with homemade compost. It obviously didn’t get hot enough in the composting process as there are so many seedlings appearing. They are mostly quite desirable – Cosmos, Nigella, Poppies, Verbena bonariensis but in far too large a quantity. In between the weeding I’ve taken some pictures for a quick Six.
1. The Clematis are doing really well (so far) this year. This is C. Dr Ruppel. I acquired it last year but it sulked through the hot weather and drought and I wasn’t sure if it would reappear. Some of the copious poppy seedlings are making an appearance in this picture.
2. Another casualty of last years weather were the Dutch Iris. I usually treat them as annuals but as they were so spindly (only leaves) they soon got covered over and I forgot about them. I’m glad I did as they’ve staged a reasonable comeback.
3. The spires of Verbascum chaixii are ascending. That’s a Teasel behind them. I keep one each year for the Goldfinches.
4. Last Friday I went to the Spring Show at Malvern accompanied by the Non-Gardener. He likes looking at all of the gadgets and technical stuff. I was a little disappointed with the Show Gardens, apart from Peter Dowle’s. The Floral Marquee was stunning though. I was quite restrained but did fall in love with Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Star’. The ‘flowers’ go through so many colour changes as they age. I’ve put it in a pot of ericacious compost as I’m sure my limey soil will turn it pink
5. This Carex was going to be in last weeks Six and has passed it’s peak but still glows in the border. A very reliable doer. It’s Carex elate ‘Aurea’ and thrives on neglect in the front garden.
6. I was given an outdoor camera and, being a technical numpty, it took quite a while to get to grips with it. I leave it around the garden overnight and have found that as well as very many cats a hedgehog visits every night. I started leaving some dog food out for him (?) as cats aren’t supposed to like it. Ha! Some of them do. So now I leave him a dish of mealworms. Cats definitely don’t like mealworms but the hedgehog loves them. He wanders round in circles, often returning to check the empty dish for two to three hours. The other night I put the camera in a different area and ‘he’ has a friend.
The original hedgehog (on the left in this picture)has a distinctive whitish mark on his back and I think from his behaviour in a couple of the videos that it is a he. Is there anything else I can put down for them to eat that won’t encourage the cats?
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