1 a huggery is a hedgehog home lovingly crafted and designed by a treehugger; hence a huggery as opposed to a hoggery. Hedgehogs like cavities or similar with garden debris (dead leaves and the like) of the type that are typically to be found beneath old wooden sheds. A wooden pallet sunk into the ground with some straw, a cardboard layer over the top of the pallet, and then covered-over with earth can serve just as well; but there needs to be (ideally) multiple access points or a single large access because two males will not go around each other in a narrow opening, also because a hedgehog needs to be able to escape in the event of rats (or even a cat) entering the huggery. A reliable clean water source needs to be available and the huggery needs to be located in a quieter part of the garden, preferably away from cats or dogs.
2 this can also serve as a septic pond alternative to using the mains sewerage system; however, this does mean that it will need to remain accessible in the event of it requiring maintainence or repair.
1 large rocks, boulders and slabs of stone (often from old fireplaces and old slate or sandstone flagged flooring) are amazing (and valuable) additions to almost any garden: they can be used in everything from rockeries to reptile habitats, for the creation of tunnels and borders, pathways and arches, or simply to make interesting features, cairns, or obelisks; however, utilizing them usually involves having to remove them from somewhere else in the garden first ...and that somewhere is usually at the bottom of a deep (and usually inaccessible, often muddy) hole...
1 it is illegal to gather plants, seeds, and cuttings from wildflowers; however, wildflower seed mixes (and meadowflower turf for those wanting to replace their boring green desert with something prettier and more ecologically sound) are available to buy, along with practically every variety of orchid.
Seed-gathering or taking cuttings from wildflowers should only ever be considered where there is a definite abundance of that plant (ideally, not just in the local vicinity but in a much wider area, too), and is sometimes necessary when it comes to populating the garden with many of the more common (but usually unwanted) wildflowers because, unfortunately, many of these are simply not available in the purchasable seed mixes
Ordinarily, plants should never be dug up; although here, too, it is unlikely to pose a threat to the local ecology if you were to take a single alpine strawberry from a clump of 100+ plants in a area with at least 1000+ plants or a Dandelion or Plantain but, that said, there are rare varieties of both and it is important that you can differentiate between them and know which is the common as opposed to the rare.
For myself, I have Cinquefoil in the garden from the roadside (from root stock), Pink Campions (from seed), Perennial Centaury (from root stock), and Quaking Grass (from seed). The Cinquefoil is common in this area and takes readily from root stock - a small section taken from another plant (sometimes with stalk), whilst leaving the main plant intact and in place, the Pink Campions are also common (and, again, growing readily from seed), Perennial Centaury, whilst supposedly only growing in a small area in South Wales, is well established in clumps wherever it grows in the local area and grows very readily indeed from even the smallest pieces of root stock.
All of these have been encouraged to spread where they will, seeds and cuttings of which have been freely exchanged with other people and planted wherever I have encountered areas where they might grow. This gives me the pleasure of a: having them grow in my garden and b: knowing that I have done my part in ensuring the plants in question end-up growing absolutely everywhere (excepting areas where they might become a nuisance, - eg: through being invasive, - or where they might be hazardous, - eg: through being poisonous, or ecologically sensitive areas where they might cross-breed or threaten native species).
'Twas purple-white (November!),
'Til one virus (Corona!) season its colours' rearrange:
From large purple-white to small pearly (pink-white!) -
That fuschia is blessed strange!
|50 Frisky Sparrows...
50 frisky sparrows in my gardd Gymreig,
Eating corn and birdseed,
How the buggers thrive!
"...but thems spiders, - big buggers, yer see?"
"Fear not, lad, they'll let you be:"
"Yer see, them spiders care for you, not a jot,
- It tweren't the case we'd have had 'em shot..."
"...so off you go, and don't be daft:
There's work to be done, and lot's of graft..."
"...and if you see McGee, send 'im to me;
Hurry-up and Ste ...Ste? ...Ste?"
|Plants Pilfed From Caernarfon...
Plants pilfed from Caernarfon do well in my garden,
Cuttings or seeds,
Most especially weeds;
There is no place quite like Caernarfon
For all your gardening needs.