Looking After Cut Flowers

You may have heard the old wives tale about adding sugar to a vase of cut flowers, so here is how sugar affects cut flowers; basically the sugar is a nutrient and can replace those nutrients lost to the flowers when their leaves have been removed so the old wives tale was correct, add sugar to your flower water to help them last longer.

Hedgehog News

Good News. I have just been in touch with Freshfield Animal Rescue and my little hedgehog is doing fine. He will stay with them throughout the winter when I’ll collect him and release back into my garden. Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre has been helping animals in distress for over 25 years. There have been many difficult times to face over those years and there may be many more to come as life is never easy in an animal sanctuary but the one […]

Olive Tree – Olea europaea

The Olive originally comes from the Mediterranean so are used to dry, hot conditions and not really suited to the UK climate. Try growing one in a large pot.

Feeding Garden Birds

A beautiful, well maintained garden is a wonderful thing but what makes it special is the birds. You can attract birds to your garden throughout the year with very little effort.

Hedgehog Update

My lovely hedgehog settled in for the night in a bed of straw. However by mid morning today it still hadn’t had a drink nor eaten anything. I decided, therefore, to take him to Freshfield Animal Rescue where he will get the care and attention he deserves. I’ll give them a call in a few days to see how he’s getting on.

Rescued Hedgehog

On returning home today I found a hedgehog wondering around my drive. By this time of year most hedgehogs will be hiberating so I knew that something must be wrong with this little fellow. I found a cardboard box and bought it indoors while I called Freshfield Animal Rescue. The lady there told me that for a hedgehog to hibernate it needs to weight at least 600g, any less than this and it will not make it through the winter. […]

Protect Plant Roots

Now the weather’s turned much colder it’s a good time to think about protecting plants in your borders. Very tender plants will need to be lifted and stored under cover, however hardier plants and shrubs can be protected by applying a layer of mulch to protect their roots. Weeds should be removed from the borders first, before covering the soil with a layer of bark to a minimum depth of 50mm (2 inches). As well as insulating the plant roots […]