We're feeding a few hedgehogs in our garden. One of them is Qwilly. He's got a bad left shoulder and is missing his right ear. We don't know what happened to him before but we check him on an irregular basis and he seems OK. His quills are shiny and he's quite heavy for his size. He's been out for food in the middle of the day a couple of times this summer, but we mostly see him in the evening. Our evenings are still very long. This action photo was taken around 22.00: Hosta "Empress Wu" is 120 cm tall, 250 cm wide, and the largest leaves are 40+ cm long. We feed her an entire bag of cow manure compost in spring, and add a bit of slow-release fertilizer in early summer. If we have long, dry spells we water her every day. I think this might be as big as she gets in our climate: Hosta "Gabriella" sported from H. "Stitch-in-Time" in our garden a few years ago. She starts out lime green, turn golden, and then light yellowish-white. She's a small Hosta and a slow grower. This year is the first year she's managed to put out blooms, and I think it's a beautiful bloom: One of the plants that seem to do OK in the cold summer weather is the Oenothera taraxacifolia, a monocarpic evening primrose. The name tells us that she's got dandelion-like leaves (dandelion = Taraxacum officinalis) so I'm very careful when I weed around where I spread the seeds from last year: I've minded a couple of horses while their owners were away on holiday. Unfortunately I didn't get to ride much. The conversation went like this: Farriers are busy people, and not always available when we need them. I was last week old when I realized there's a web page called "The Wichipedia" (see enclosed screenshot). It is now my favourite web page, and I will never forgive those who knew it existed and never told me about it. Some people call me a wich for some reason. Maybe because I like to use an old-fashioned broom for sweeping. Wish I knew how to fly it! Anyways, I need to get some new plants for the garden, just in case we have vampires around: Very good tips, don't you think? Well, that's it. I'm going to think positive and do some chores indoors today. It's dry outside right now but so cold my fingers go numb when I try to weed despite my wearing gloves. I probably owe housewife points since I dislike housework, so I'd best try and earn a lot today!