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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 18:35

Thankyou for the link Dove. That's going to be useful for future research and info.

That also explains how both robins seemed pretty laid back about each other's presence. Perhaps I was thinking of how the male blackbird is a glossier black than the female.

Maybe I also I assumed that the typical  'Christmas Robin' is male because it has a brighter coat than earlier in the year and males of a number of other species often have much brighter coats than the females.

Bird feeders

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 17:38


KEF said: "The robin keeps putting in an appearance, I think maybe more than one."

I too noticed we hade two robins in and out of the garden during most of the summer. Judging by the bright feathers they were both males. Isn't that quite unusual? I thought that the males were ferociously territorial and normally one would see off the other.

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Posted: 15/11/2013 at 17:32

Just seen this thread and coincidently have just got in from filling up my feeders after neglecting to for too long .

I've put up three sorts: mixed seed, sunflower seeds (I think - they were black and with an elongated shape) and Niger because we have a colony of Goldfinch that seem to nest somewhere in our pinetrees.

I'll report back once I have seen some activity. 

I don't remember seeing goldfinches on the feeders during previous winters - do they migrate or take different food during the cold months?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 23:10

Zoomer said: Thing is Birdy, the shed needs cleaning first to fit stuff in from the GH

Precisely, Zoomer! You've done it again - described my situation exactly: there's always the shed - too small to keep everything tidy when in use during the summer;

Then the greenhouse - pristine and organised in early spring gradually becoming more and more disorganised during summer as it took delivery of all sorts - unidentified plants, bulbs dislodged when weeding, gardening gloves and implements laid down anywhere at ends of tiring days etc

Not to mention the tiny full-to-the-gunnels garage capacity remaining after being converted into an 'office'...  

The 'office' which I have meant to tidy for something like 8years (8years!) and had to further disorganise to house the recently improvised apple rack since our wonderful summer weather produced a great crop of fruit... 

And ... back to the shed: if the weather dries up again in the next few days I'll have to pull the lawnmower out of the chaos of the shed again for the final (hopefully) cut of the year...

... Not that I'm complaining, of course!  Just thought I'd like to show solidarity with all those other lovely gardening people out there who through lack of experience might feel as guilty as me that they can never quite provide - what shall we call it? - the 'full Monty'? - in horticultural organisation and certainty of purpose! 

Oh! I meant to say - and it's felt freezing again in Norfolk today around 6°C most of the day and then dropping, dropping, dropping... brrrrrrr!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 11:52

Zoomer said:

the french beans which had been drying on the plants for seed collection. I keep putting off cleaning the GH... 

You could be writing my own post for me, Zoomer.

It really feels quite cold here (Norfolk), a bit of wind chill: 6 degrees with a gentle breeze, few clouds quite high in a bright blue sky.

When I think of the greenhouse my mind immediately considers something else - like a nice cup of coffee! 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 11:09

Gardengirl..: Can you please tell me what the yellow plant is in your first photo? It is lovely. can it stay outside all year?

Here are the survivors of my first year gardening on my own. There are about three types of begonias. I'm quite pleased with how long they've kept going - and quite surprised how the Hosta seems to keep producing new flowers. The wall they're against is East facing and I suppose they are to some extent protected from the prevailing wind which comes from the West.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 10:31

Norfolk: bright, occasionally sunny, bit of a breeze

07:30 Northfacing window thermometer around 5°C

10:30 Northfacing window thermometer around 10°C; Westfacing around 12°C


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 10:24

Weather here presently, dull, cold and occasional breeze.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 10:23

I feel this is very much a weather related posting.

AWB: so sorry to here about your greenhouse not to mention all the spoiled freezer food.

I hope your insurers play fair - some years ago when an enormous overhanging bough was broken by a regional storm. the bough ended up just touching and resting on our greenhouse Denting it slightly. Any further weather damage and the whole greenhouse would have been crushed. 

I informed the insurance company to get confirmation that they would cover the cost of  a proper tree firm surgically removing the bough to protect the greenhouse. 

The call centre (in India I think) tried to tell me there had been no storm in my area (according to their computer records) And I would not be covered for damage that had not occurred yet.

i told them they were talking rubbish and had photos to prove it and if they didn't agree to  cover the qualified removal of this storm related new risk ( a few hundred pounds) then they were going to have to pay out for a much greater property damage bill when the bough finally crushed the greenhouse. On the other hand, they did agree to cover the tree surgery, I would be willing to correct the slight damage already done without asking them to buy me a new greenhouse.

Within less than a minute the guy came back to me, having 'checked with someone else' and instantly agreed they would cover the cost. 

I seem to remember - not surprisingly - I insisted on email confirmation of this volt-face.

Some of these firms are quite ruthless - you have to play them at their own game to get what you are entited to. I Hope your own claims are trouble free.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 22:34

Norfolk: Quite cold at first, then sun came out around midday - warm enough with a bit of a breeze to dry some washing - then cold again from mid afternoon, although hardier should would have found soil conditions ideal for weeding - Brrrrrrr 

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