Hedgehogs are in serious decline and our gardens here don't have any access to them for hedgehogs to find us so my neighbours had a bright idea. They contacted a hedgehog rescue centre and asked if we could be considered to re-home some injured ones that aren't ever going to be able to be released into the wild. The lady (rather tall and formidable) came and assessed us and said that we could have two. They will either be one eyed or 3 legged - many hedgehogs are injured in road accidents or by strimmers etc, but as we have safe gardens with no lawns to need strimming or any chemicals used by any of us, we are ideal candidates!
One neighbour has been very busy digging tunnels under our fences
and cutting hedgehog sized holes in them (the size of a CD apparently), so that they can roam freely between the three gardens.
I didn't know that they can roam up to a mile each night, but the lady was happy that between our three gardens we'd have plenty of space for them. Mine is the middle garden and I'm really hoping they linger and eat all the slugs and snails.
They arrive next week sometime I think - we're all very excited!
In other news this tulip is currently my favourite.
Also, these irises have opened today - don't they look gorgeous with the rain drops on them.
I've no idea what variety they are as they were here when I moved here, they're quite short.
Sadly several of my other irises are suffering from slug damage - but that will all change when the Mrs Tiggy-Winkles arrive :-)