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Hydrangeas fall causality to climate change in the UK

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

The hydrangea that most English of English garden plant seems to be struggling with the UK record breaking temperatures. With delicate leaves designed to collect the most energy from the available sunlight hydrangeas growing in full sun suffered this summer on the hottest days with many wilting and the leaves burning. As we seem sure to encounter more record breaking temperatures on sunny summer days growing hydrangeas in full sun light become something of the past as they will now be best grown in partial shade under trees or other forms of shade. 

Provide your houseplants with a much needed holiday

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe


Starling from the end of May until then end of September it’s a great idea to take your house plants from your house and place them outside for a much need holiday. With a better level of light and and some rain washing off all the dust that’s accumulated on the leaves stems and buds they will benefit greatly. 

House plants are not naturally at home in your house with the dry heat from central heating. The most popular plants are plants that can handle dry heat although it not ideal thats why often house plants do well in kitchens and bathrooms as the heat in these areas is often more humid. 

The other key is to match your house plant with the level of light in a certain area of a room. The same as your garden plants house plants of different types have evolved to thrive at different light levels. For example peace lilies do well and flower in low light levels and dracaena thrive in higher light levels. 

Advice From Top Ladyboy Dating Sites: Online Safety Tips

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

This might sound like one of those insufferable “back to basics” kind of posts, but bear with us for this round, mkay? After all, even if you are a jaded veteran of virtual datespaces, there is always going to be somebody new on the playing field.

So, when it comes to finding your perfect ladyboys online, there is never a shortage of hunting ground. A brief Google search will net you a myriad of sites and apps where you can date a transgender person, and these environments are typically also ladyboy-supportive.

That said, even if it easy to find a prospective alternative lady for casual company, or a new friendship, or even a committed romance, it may not be so easy to be sure that what you see will be what you get. That is why for this occasion we have put together a little guide for staying safe in the whirlpools of online dating. And these come from experienced minds who navigate some of the busiest trans dating platforms, so keep your eyes peeled!

What you need to keep an eye out for

The first and most obvious hazard is a fake identity. False profiles are such a common thing that nobody really gets surprised anymore (other than the unfortunate victim, that is). This same phenomenon is also present in the transgender dating pool, ladyboys included.

Online romance scams are one of the most common types of scam scenarios, where a dirtbag will pretend to be a friendly, attractive woman, pretend to be somehow vulnerable and in need of a good man to save “her”. They even got more refined with the imaginary reasons for “needing” your money. So how can you stay sharp about this?

It essentially boils down to watching out for money-grubbing moments in communication. Any ladyboy you start chatting with will most probably be from somewhere in Asia (typically from Thailand or the Philippines). These countries have a rather low average earnings rate, compared to Europe, America, or just western countries in general.

Now, the ladyboys themselves tend to prefer western partners, because they are more open-minded about relationships with transgender persons, but there are also those (unfortunately) that will prefer your western wallet. So watch out for moments in messaging when they try to get money, try to get you to buy them something (and possibly ship the purchase to Asia), or try to eke out any piece of your personal or fiscal information like a credit card number, email, or location. Check out this comprehensive article for some handy instructions on how to recognize and handle online dating scammers and their tactics.


How to stay safe in online dating

There are a few universal measures you can take to keep yourself from getting tricked by a pretty picture and a sob-y love story.

First of all, absolutely never send money to someone whom you do not know in real life. This is a fairly obvious thing and you might be rolling your eyes right now, but keep in mind that this precaution applies to more than cash. To begin with, relationships in Asian cultures simply do not work like that. A girl will not ask online chat partners for money or anything like that if she is right in the head (and in the moral compass). A ladyboy asking for any kind of funding is already a major red flag.

Along with direct requests for cash, there are a few other popular swindling tactics. They include asking for gifts or travel tickets, using your photos or messages as material for blackmailing you, or spinning some sad yarn that will make you pity the “girl” and send her money of your own accord. Those guilt trippers are the worst of them all, because you might be so wrapped up in your desire to help your Asian damsel that you will not even notice that you are being led by the nose. Learn more about dating and romance scam schemes at this link: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/dating-romance

Second of, stay on the native platform. This cannot be emphasized enough. Stay on the platform. Your dating app or site can only monitor communication on their own servers, meaning that they cannot mediate a problem that happened in another online environment. Scammers know this, so they try to lure you away. They will ask for your email, phone number, Facebook name etc. Do not give it out until you get to know them better, and even then always make screenshots or save the transcripts.

Third of, leave your personal details out of the picture. Literally. Do not photograph yourself in a location that can reveal your residence, such as in front of a street name plate, in front of your home, near a recognizable landmark etc. Keep your address and real name to yourself and never share a picture that showcases a document, like a government-issued ID, a bill in the background, or a membership card for anything.

How to stay safe in offline dating

Have your first few meetups in public places. Cafes, popular parks, restaurants, and city squares are good starting choices. Leave the cinemas and theaters for later, if you decide that there should be a later – these are dark and discreet places, and therefore conductive to shady behavior.

Also, employ a safety network. Pick one or several friends or family members, and inform the about your date and the itinerary. Share your date’s name, photos, and any notable characteristics. Tell them when and where you are meeting, how long you intend to stay, what time you expect to be back, and keep them updated when you switch locations during the date.

Always make sure you can get away if needed. Have your own transport ready, always have cab fare, and keep your phone charged so you can call for a ride anytime. You could also arrange with a friend or family member to come pick you up.


Attracting Birds on your Backyard with the Best Woodpecker Feeders

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

If you are a bird lover, you might want to attract them on your backyard. Most homeowners love the view of these feathered woodpeckers because they bring color to the garden. Lots of people want to experience the wonders of nature and just take a break from the daily hustle of life. The feeders can also help the parent feed their young and this encourages healthier bird species. 

When it comes to feeding especially setting a place for the woodpeckers to eat, a homeowner should choose the best feeder for his backyard. Read more about woodpeckers here. When birds are properly fed, they are very fun to watch, and they become more energetic. The extra boost of calories can also help them becomes survivors of the harsh winter climates.

Food for Woodpeckers

These birds mostly dine on nuts, berries, sap, fruits, and pines. They are also enticed by suet. The suet cake can be placed on cages and wires for easier access. There are a lot of suet cakes available in many stores and aviaries. 

Most birds will be attracted to your home when you offer black oil sunflower seeds, grapes, apples, and raisins. Near the suet, you can create a snag where the woodpeckers can nest comfortably. The snag can be made up of old stumps or dead trees. Most birds prefer to build a home on rotting trees so that they can easily get nest holes.

Here are the Best Feeders to Choose From

  1. Cages

You can place the suet cake inside a metal basket. This is a very inexpensive kind of square metal with lots of square holes where the birds have access to food. There are even square baskets that were attached to the sides to provide a place where the birds can stand on. Smaller square baskets are perfect for smaller species such as the Downy woodpecker. But if you want to see larger ones, you need to get a suet cage that will fit them comfortably.

  1. Tail Props

Most homeowners choose a feeder with tail props because it attracts more birds to their property. Read more about feeders with tail props is listing of the best woodpecker feeders reviewed sites. This is because as woodpeckers are naturally accustomed to feeding on a tree, they have their tails securely prop on the trunk. To feel more secure, most woodpeckers will prefer that their two feet and tail are in contact with something. If you have a tail prop, the woodpeckers can safely start banging their heads and feel more secure. The tail prop will make the feeding similar to that of their natural habitats. 

  1. Plugs

There are suet plugs that can give a more natural look on your garden. These are the kinds of feeders that look like a log but with holes on the sides. Some plugs are shaped in a short circular roll to fit the plug. You can even put suet cakes in the shape of Twinkies for added design. This design is more comfortable for the woodpeckers as there are no plugs to limit their pecking. The vertical log will also mimic the trees where they frequently feed so expect that they will always come on your garden for food.

  1. Balls 

Some of the most popular feeders are suet balls. These are ingredients that were formed into balls for woodpeckers to eat. Different sizes and ingredients are depending on the kind of bird that you want to attract on your backyard. Large suet balls have lots of spaces between the wires. They are very comfortable and provide easy food for your feathered friends. The small nuggets are treats for many species. They are not just made exclusively for woodpeckers. They are filled with nuggets which the birds can gobble up very quickly. You can check this link https://youdoitsuet.com/blog/what-birds-eat-nuts/ to know more.


A Final Word

When you are shopping for the best feeders, you need to know the right kind that will attract birds in your backyard in no time. You should choose something that can comfortably hold suet cakes, balls, plugs, peanuts and more for a few days. You should also consider protecting your feeder from weather elements such as rain or snow. Having a backyard with lots of colorful birds are a lot of fun. Start setting up your backyard today.