Another sharp frost but with glorious blue skies again made it a raw day, not conducive to carrying out tasks in the garden but nonetheless appropriate conditions for this time of year. I showed willing by quickly pruning sideshoots of most of the climbing roses before wrapping the dahlia tubers up for the winter, a job I meant to get done before the frosts arrived. Moving the latter to the smaller greenhouse (which will always be the warmer of the two) I suddenly noticed a large pile of soil under the staging:
I am guessing this is courtesy of a local rat as they do tend to pop up in parts of the garden, but there was no sign of any hole on the surface either in the greenhouse or the surrounding area so it seems that his excavation was in vain and all he had to show for his troubles would have been a sore head from banging it against the brick floor of the greenhouse.
Unlike some bloggers we don’t have a great deal of trouble with four legged critters, although seed labels and no doubt a few snowdrops have disappeared down rat holes in the woodland edge border, and one of our neighbourly squirrels leaves hazel shells and smaller holes here and there. I suspect the squirrel was also responsible for the holes I found in the hedge border last month, which probably involved removal of recently planted crocus bulbs rather than the depositing of hazel nuts – grrrr!