SQUIRRELS ARE A PEST IN THE LONDON SUBURBS
|Elegant protection against squirrels, the predators|
FLOWER BULBS, PARTICULARLY CROCUSES IN POTS
I have to protect them from the pesky squirrels, of which we seem to have several dozen frisking about the fences and trees. I have put daffs and tulips, plus a few crocus and some little blue iris, in pots and have made them really decorative with these mesh things, from old appliances, which I found on the dump where I have my allotment. Pretty ?
|Little bulbs need protection from squirrels|
SQUIRRELS ATTEMPT TO INVADE HOUSE
|Damage done by squirrel getting into loft|
You can understand why I don't like squirrels, apart from them eating the bulbs. They tried and nearly succeeded in getting into our loft a few years ago, and did a great deal of damage gnawing the soffit boards etc round the roof. It cost us a fortune to get it all repaired.
I wrote earlier in the year about the mega large waterlily. The blossoms were lovely, but the waterlily had to be moved on. I left the pot with the plant growing in it for somebody else to use in their pond. Maybe this is called 'pond-cycling'?
|Alas, the waterlily got too big and had to go|
There was a very big accumulation of leaves from the waterlily plant, which I had acquired from the allotment dump a couple of years ago. I had to brace myself and sink my arms into the pond to grab hold of the plant and heave it out. Then I had to do the same with some very huge water plants that were also doing a take-over bid. This is the result, not a pretty sight. But maybe next year will be better (I always say that).
|Pond minus plants and waterlily|
The chillies did very well, probably because it was a warm summer with lots of sunshine. I planted the seeds in February, in my heated propagator in the house.
|Beautiful chillies from February seed sowing|
These were so nice to come home to, after our autumn holiday. They brightened up the front garden and flowered for a week or two. Now they have all gone to seed, and are not very pretty.
|Dwarf michaelmas daisies, called Bermuda, I think|
Wonder if I should cut the seed heads off to prevent unwanted plants? Previous years I got lots of unwanted, self-sown michaelmas daisies of the huge type, those ones with very pale mauve flowers. So I was stern with myself and yanked them all out earlier in the year. It is satisfying to do this, because they pull up really easily. Here is a photo of the garden in early October with the dwarf michaelmas daisies, but now its much less pretty!
|Nice to look at, in the middle of dreary November|