First Hedgehog Of 2019

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Last night we saw our first hedgehog of 2019!

She spent the Winter hibernating in one of the hedgehog houses I made in the garden, under a hydrangea bush.

She is one of the young females from last autumn (second mating) and we fattened her up so she could get through hibernation safely.

Such a sweet little thing. The garden hasn't been the same without a hedgehog these past few months.

Keep an eye out for any hedgehogs in your garden and perhaps leave some food and water out in case they wake.

I think the few weeks of sunshine have woken them early.

I hope we don't get a cold spell, that won't be nice for them.
 

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Not seen one yet but one left a little massage on the back door step last night
We spotted such a message in a local alley the other day, so we knew someone was awake and kept our eye out.
 
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No hedgehogs yet (only saw two last year), but did see the first butterfly of the year today.
 

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Bumble or honey?

I saw a bumble bee on Sunday morning and possibly a honey bee too, likewise it cheered me up.
 

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It was a bumblebee, flying around some flowers in a window box. It amazes me that some people are frightened of them- I always tell people bees only sting if they are very frightened or very angry: leave them alone to do their stuff and everyone's happy.
 

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Saw first white-bottom bumble bee today.

Also the flowering cherry trees are all in full blossom. Far too early.
 

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It's not a matter of cheerfulness. It's an observation.

Our plants are accustomed to a certain Temperature regime. And it is changing yearly.

Not good for crop sustainability.

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Climate does change over time anyway, and people change their crops with it. In my neck of the woods they grew grapes in the 14th century, hops in the 16th, cider apples and perry pears in the 19th, oilseed rape today. It's still too cold for grapes in the current climate, despite the average temperature having come up somewhat and not much hop production happens here today. The switch to cider fruit production in the 19th was likely a reaction to the coldest part of the little ice age, as fruit trees are productive on our cold clay soil and the local varieties flower late so aren't too badly affected by late frosts.
 

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All well and good. But it doesn't help us in the immediate future when the temperature of any given month is swinging over a ten - fifteen degree range.
 

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This just confirms my belief that there is a market out there for everything. Also, looking at the 'Similar Items' it would appear that thing truly are bigger (though I can't say better) in Texas.
It's colder here to be fair ..
 

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.. it would appear that things truly are bigger (though I can't say better) in Texas.
We also grow things to fit our mouths .. sorry, couldn't resist, old Dave Allen/Texas joke .. I know you were only joking around ;)
 
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Our tiny garden is home to a few hedgehogs now. They usually turn out at about 9.30 to gobble up some mealworms left out for the birds.
 
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