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Golfinches have landed!

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 20:38

Goldfinches are regulars at my feeders but the most pleasure I get from them is when the Spotted woodpecker is there with them. Such a contrast in size. He's usually on the coconut halves, they're on the sunflower hearts alongside along with various tits and chaffinches and the robin.  The blackbirds, doves and thrushes get a look in as well though not on the ground, not safe here with so many cats belonging to neighbours.  I have rigged up a 'platform' in  the lilac tree immediately adjacent to the feeders and fixed a removable dish on it along with an old frying pan for a water bowl. The food dish is a microwave plate cover and fastened with a plant tie through the holes to the rigid mesh platform.

I'll post a photo in the morning but I can't get near enough to photograph the birds

Would you pay more for a pint of Milk ?

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 18:42

Took me a long time to get used to shop bought milk of any kind once I stopped milking cows for a living.  I buy Guernsey/Jersey milk (Waitrose stock it)  for porridge, custard and coffee and full cream ordinary (but as local as I can) for cups of tea and the dog.  I bake cakes, cook fish and omelettes with butter though I do use olive oil for some things, always have butter on my local bakery bread with a good cheese.  Main difficulty is getting decent vegetables.  We do have village allotments but I really wouldn't need all that space and there's no water supply anyway.  I do grow runner beans, tomatoes and leaves in limited space but I'd happily buy from a decent source but please don't mention vegetable boxes.  I don't consider 'once a month' or even 'once a fortnight' as fresh.  I used to walk along the path to my front door picking my dinner as I went when I was on farms.  Mind you, what I manage here doesn't always get as far as the kitchen either.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 14:01

Do you add vinegar and salt to the water?

Choosing Acers

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 09:55

If it's wind damage which is a problem with acers that's one crossed off my list of possibles.  The rear 'garden' is a wind tunnel and the front one is full frontal. 

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 22:50

They were selling off packets of Yorkshire pudding mix in the local shop last week.  I was curious and discovered that all you had to do was add egg and milk so guess what was in the packet!

Zoomer49, why does your poached egg end up in a zillion pieces? Mine don't

Children & Gardening

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 22:40

I do geology displays at various functions.  The displays are for the adults but I also have a table with dinosaur print outs and even teenagers sit happily down and colour-in. The little ones often have a parent helping but I sometimes think that means they have an excuse to sit down

Children & Gardening

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 19:14

I thought tomato for the first one

Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 19:48

The garden centres I visit in Dorset all want me to 'join' so I can have bargain prices as a member so I don't go to any of them to buy at all, just to see what is available at what price.   They are as bad as the supermarkets with their 'loyalty' cards. If I joined all the places I go to my pockets full of cards,would drag the ground.  I find a good thing to do is go to Garden Club sales, village fairs and fetes where there is usually a local plant stall and you can get a cup of coffee and home made cake if that's your fancy at a very reasonable price.  I particularly dislike the garden centres where you have to march through acres of very expensive 'tat' before you as much as catch a glimpse of a real live plant.  I particularly like an out of the way nursery where all there is to see is plants in rude health and a knowledgeable owner happy to chat about said plants.

How to stop Ash!

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 12:06

I have a large self-seeded Ash tree overhanging my very small garden.  There are a dozen more rising through the hedge which goes the other way to my garden (thank goodness).  I have had no difficulty removing seedlings (probably several million) as long as I get 'em soon enough. The main problem is their amazing ability to look like the plants they are growing through for long enough to get established!!!  20 years of keeping an eye out has greatly improved the situation but this (last) year there were no seeds, not a single one.  I feel quite bereft as finding and removing them was a good way of working off certain grievances

storing daffodil bulbs

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 09:26

For the first year ever I got mine in when recommended in 2014 but they often got bunged in when I was sorting things out and found this 'whatever's in there' bag in a cupboard and often in the new year.  They always popped up eventually. 

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