Cowart's Common Room
Sunday Lark

Last night we saw the hedgehog in the garden snuffling around in the dusk of the street light erected behind our garden to light pedestrians up the hill path at the rear.

It was hoovering up the crumbs from the bird table and doubtless a few slugs and beetles as well. It moved easily enough and showed no apparent ill-effects from my accidental attempt to skewer it a week or so ago. Quite a large hedgehog too, unless it is pregnant like the large rat in the garden which leaps out of the hedge on to the bird table, munches a few peanuts and the launches itself back into the greenery.

My fig and chestnut tree continue to suffer with weak growth and small or curled up leaves. Ross at the bookshop thought it might be the glycophosphate that the treeman had poured into the crack between the house and the paving slabs where a most persistent ash had been growing and displacing the stones. But the grass around isn't affect. Time will tell but we need some good rain.

And now this morning we are off to YD's in Cardiff. ED is coming over to give me my birthday present - last week she didn't manage as MIL was ill again and she had to stay to give care. But the weather seems to be picking up.

Have not felt well (weak and feeble) these last few days with sleep disturbed etc. Still maybe this is par for the course at this stage of life though I am half wondering whether the glycophosphate has got to me too!

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Posted at 19th May 2019 - 09:07AM   Posted by Fennie   Sunday Lark Comments: 4

Withy Brook's Avatar Glyphosate is a contact weed killer. As soon as it hits the ground, (or bricks and mortar I guess), it is deactivated.
The Americans think it may cause cancer if not used right but I don’t believe them - because I don’t want to! It is a brilliant weed killer and so many useful things have been banned already! Europe have not banned it yet.
Where are your fig and chestnut planted? Close to the house perhaps, so could well be suffering from drought. There is a nasty bug spreading round the country that kills chestnuts, by the way.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 19th May 2019 at 10:22AM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar Fennie and Withy, my first thoughts are that the trees might be affected by the drought last year, but it could also be the dreaded Honey Fungus. I do hope not as it is causing havoc in my garden and has killed off many shrubs along with a magnificent Birch. Horse Chestnuts seem to be particularly susceptible to this virulent pest.

Also I am sorry you are feeling poorly, Fennie, but it will pass and summer's on it's way.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 19th May 2019 at 10:50AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Glad you still have your Hedgehog around, they're not doing at all well just now with numbers plummeting all over the place.

Are the trees in the ground or pots Fennie?

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th May 2019 at 12:31PM

Camilla's Avatar Pleased to hear Hedgehog is still around Fennie.

Have you got your tree in the ground Fennie? perhaps google the problem to find out why your's is affected. Could though be a fungus sadly.

Sorry to hear you have not been feeling too well lately Fennie, lack of sleep does not help matters that is one thing I know, makes the body out of salts. Big hug Fennie.

Posted by: Camilla on 22nd May 2019 at 10:37AM

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