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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Grow your own bird food.

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 06:43

If you grow the right plants just leave the seedheads on and the birds will help themselves through the winter.  Even in the centre of a busy town my daughter's garden is full of goldfinches throughout the year because they love the seeds of the Nigella that grows in her garden.


Posted: 09/01/2015 at 06:35

Good morning Wintersong and any/everybody else who's around

I hope there's been no more wind damage - it's pretty blustery here in Norfolk, but not as bad as it has been where some of you are. 


Talkback: Help wildlife survive winter

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 21:04
Mike Allen wrote (see)
Mike hasn'tread all the replies. However to answer the original question. Add some glycerine to the water. It perfectly safe.

Please don't add glycerine to birdbaths - it is a low level toxin and because it is sweet if the birds drink the water it will raise their blood sugar level and this could kill them.  It could also damage the water-proofing and insulation properties of the bird's feathers which could also kill them. 

Only clean pure water in birdbaths please.

north facing wall

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 16:41

What about planting the bed with a selection of interesting ferns, interspersed with Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen hederafolium.  The cyclamen will flower in the autumn and winter.  In the spring you'll get the interesting new fern fronds unfurling like Bishop's croziers, and in the summer you'll have the fully fledged ornamental ferns with the lovely creamy flowers of the hydrangea on the wall above them.

It'll all look very elegant.

Some snowdrops might look gorgous there too

identify plant

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 16:33

Well, I was sort of half-right - I'm getting there Nut, slowly but surely - it's a long while ago that I learned my botany and some of it didn't stick that well and needs relearning

identify plant

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 15:14

Just to be slightly pedantic - Salvia is the species (and also the genus?) - what we don't know is the variety

am I right Nut?

Extra thorny roses

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 15:09

Love it Edd

Clearing out bird boxes

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 15:07

I agree Mrs G - just boiling water. I wouldn't like to spend the best part of a fortnight sitting in a box with fumes from Jeyes Fluid, no matter how weak, so Mrs Bluetit probably wouldn't like it either.  And those tiny lungs and delicate membranes of the tiny nestlings - I can't think that it would be good for them.


Posted: 08/01/2015 at 14:03

Good news   Thanks for passing that on Susan.

Swiss Chard

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 13:59

I sow mine direct and I think that's the way it does best.  Hardy in our Norfolk climate with no mollycoddling or special treatment.  Sow, thin, and pick.  Some people cut a whole head at a time; I prefer to take individual leaves from all the plants in the row, cutting them at the base of the stem.

There's hardly a month in the year that I've not got some growing somewhere in the garden.

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