Talk: Hedgehogs in the Garden
We were fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to the multitalented Tracy Foster at Friday Forum this week. Tracy is a Chelsea Gold Medal Winning garden designer, teacher lecturer and writer and spoke to us about hedgehogs, their declining numbers and how we can encourage them into our gardens.
It was a fascinating and informative presentation which included the history, myths, facts and characteristics of these prickly but cute mammals.
We learnt that hedgehogs travel about a mile a night and need a small hole in garden fences to ease their foraging journey. Also hedgehogs are lactose intolerant so, rather than bread and milk, feeding them cat or dog food is preferable. They are a gardener’s friend as they eat caterpillars and slugs.
Further information on hedgehogs can be found at:
The contributions to the display table were remarkable in that most of the plants would have finished flowering or past their best at this time of year. We can’t promise that they will give you a display next November, but there are lots of ideas to extend the season.
Gill’s vase contains Hesperantha, Cosmos, Pelargonium Lord Bute, Yellow Poppy, Osteospermum and Michaelmas Daisies
Kate brought Grasses: Miscanthus Fontaine, Pennisetum charmingly named fairy tails and an attractive tender one, Hesperantha, Hemerocallis, Rosa the fairy and the beautifully scented Blush Noisette, Penstemon 'Burgundy', Mallow, Astrantia Buckland
James brought the heritage plant, the Chrysanthemum Suffolk Pink
|Gill E’s Vine leaves are beautiful autumn hues|
Next Meeting: 18th November – Forum. Please bring something Poppy related to this meeting to acknowledge Remembrance Day.