Some things shouldn’t be and others? Well, I’m really not sure… Today, I actually planned to save ‘The Cosmos’. Oh dear… that is going to have to wait until tomorrow now! Ah… the ‘to do list’ in the garden that just grows at this time of year.
Autumn, really is quite a mysterious season don’t you think? The strong vibrant colours just holding on some plants/trees are being diffused on frosty and misty mornings. Almost like a cloak. Yet a drive into the heart of the countryside reveals a picture book world that no artist or photographer could truly capture the moment of.
Capturing moments in wildlife can be both mysterious (you don’t know what you will get) and magical (when it is something quite rare like the pine marten in my last posting) as I have discovered through writing this garden diary. As a gardener I have entered the world of wildlife and what a discovery this has been.
A wildlife camera helps of course, especially when it’s dark. I especially like to see what I can capture in the dark. Don’t ask me why – no I’m not really looking for anything out there! What I am looking for here is a link to this camera that I am experimenting with from Handykam .
The photos above show that we can now see a wider area in the garden. There is quite a difference in the black/white tones too. This new camera has more infra-red lights so it reduces the very strong white localised lights of our original camera. As my garden is small and heavily planted I perhaps should get a little more experimental on how I can make full use of this camera. Mm… the thinking cap must go on here.
But what is in here? Nothing it appears! The photo above was taken with our new camera earlier this week looking into the hedgehog house I made last year. I am guessing that it wasn’t used then or is at the moment either. Oh well… it doesn’t always work out that ‘if you build it they will come’. However I was delighted with the clear image inside.
Recently, I read somewhere that you shouldn’t open a hedgehog house at this time of year to find out if it is being used but instead you should put a branch/twig across the entrance and if it is moved you will know something may have passed in/out. Good idea I thought. I’ll give that a try but I doubt it will be used now.
So is there anything out there? Yep, in my garden I have ‘The Cosmos’ to save. Well three plants to be exact – of the chocolate variety! I plan to lift them, pot them up and store them for the winter in my small unheated greenhouse. I also have some penstemon cuttings to take that although may be on the late side I am going to try anyway. Today, I did a little light pruning of past penstemon flowers and hope to see more come back later this month and perhaps into December.
Looking towards next year the shelf in my shed holds numerous packets of bulbs waiting to be planted. I really became a fan of the tulips and crocus this year. A few are already planted but I may pot the rest up and place them in my greenhouse as I did last year – it was really great fun to plant them all out in the spring. Yes, I think I will do it that way again.
What else is out there? Leaves, weeds and seed heads. I should get the camera out and capture it all before they ‘leave’ us for this year – sorry I couldn’t resist the pun! A tidy-up of the ground will follow and then consideration will be given to what I prune back and what I will leave for winter interest.
One final question – should hedgehogs be out there? I really don’t know if they have left us and gone into hibernation yet. We did have a cold snap last week but it has been much milder since. I’ll be keeping a watchful eye out for any underweight hedgehogs this year. I’ll also continue putting food out for them for the moment and use my night cameras regularly in the evenings to see if we can see them still visiting. The photo above was taken on October 19th with our original camera – you can see the difference in colour and picture.
Whatever is ‘out there’ in your garden do enjoy it this weekend!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since this blog was uploaded more information and articles have become available. Please avoid feeding bird food to wild hedgehogs. Although they will enjoy it (especially dried mealworms) these foods can cause Metabolic Bone Disease in hedgehogs. Sultanas are bad for their teeth too. Please follow the following link to the August 2020 update on feeding wild hedgehogs after reading this post.
Unless otherwise stated the photos above were taken with my new night camera earlier this week.