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Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:55

Pretty soon I would think - they'll have been looking for nest sites for the past couple of weeks - blackbirds are mainly ground feeders and particular favourite foods are rolled oats and sultanas/raisins.  

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 10:39

One of the boys may well be a male from last year's brood - his dad will chase him off eventually - we have a pair of blackbirds regularly visiting the garden - I think they nest in the hedge in the garden behind us.  

When I was at work I fed the birds outside our office window, and we had a regular pair of blackbirds who nested every year in the climbing hydrangea growing up my office wall (as did a pair of robins).  I kept a birdbath filled with clean water, and when the blackbirds were nesting they would use the birdbath frequently during the day to 'freshen up' after a long stint on the  nest brooding the eggs.  It was wonderful to watch. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:55
punkdoc wrote (see)

You can all share the stream and pond, but there is a catch, you must provide me with a limitless supply of cake and, you must help with the annual task of removing silt and reeds from the pond, a real back breaker.

I'll provide the cake  - Verdun is very good at removing silt and reeds from the pond 


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:41

I've driven through Glasgow  twice, both times during rush-hour - on the way to Skye and on the way back - having picked a hire car up from Glasgow airport we stayed with friends who lived in a flat in one of those lovely red sandstone buildings close to lots of brilliant Indian restaurants and very close to an arboretum - can't remember the name of the road now and the friends have moved to Bearsden. 

It was in the days before Sat nav, and as OH doesn't drive he was navigating - and he wasn't very practised at that either in those days - amazingly enough we got to the very next road before we had to stop and phone friends for directions - I'm still quite proud of that 


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 09:36

Roses get black spot because air quality is good   Back in the days when everyone had coal fires and the air was sulphurous and smoggy and gave everyone bad chests, the roses didn't get black spot because the sulphur helped kill the spores that cause it. 

Some roses are more resistant to black spot than others, so choose those if you can.  When pruning keep the centre of the bush open to allow for good air flow.  If you water your roses, water the soil not the leaves.

Don't over-fertilise the roses - grow them 'hard' using slow release fertiliser such as Fish Blood and Bone, as high nitrogen fertilisers will give rise to soft lush growth which will be more susceptible to infection - and every autumn when the leaves fall, rake them up and burn them. 

There are also organic sulphur-based sprays that may help prevent infection, but the trick is to apply the sulphur before the spores have landed on the leaves.  See here

I hope that's helpful 

Perennial Geraniums.

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:40

Johnson's Blue is gorgeous, but does have a short flowering period.  I have grown Rozanne, which is similar, for some years and it blooms and blooms and blooms - and the bees absolutely love it.  It was named Perennial Plant of the Year in 2008.

This is an article comparing the two 


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 07:59

Oh dear Verdun, sorry to hear you've got storms again 

We've got bright sunshine from the east, but slightly overcast skies in the west.  The Met Office forecast for Norfolk isn't too bad, 

"A cold start with mist and patchy ground frost at first in eastern areas, this clearing during the morning. Generally cloudy with a band of rain or showers spreading eastwards, this perhaps sleety at times. Brisk easterly winds developing. Maximum Temperature 7 °C."

but it doesn't sound like a gardening day 


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 07:22

Good morning Clari 

I woke in the night and looked out of the window and saw a really sharp frost glistening on the roofs  - Drat and Double Drat was my thought - I didn't fleece the fig!!! 

This morning I've checked my wonderful new digital garden thermometer - the sheltered back garden only got down to -0.2C last night - the tiny little figs on my fig tree should be fine 


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 07:09

Good morning all 

pinkquartet wrote (see)

Agree totally with Edd ,Bill and i,m sure all the other forkers wll agree in the morning.It helps the healing to talk about and remember.

I absolutely agree - talk away Bill, whenever you need to ((hugs)) for you and your wife. 

Talkback: How to grow celeriac

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 19:22

Hi artjak  yes the leaves are edible - they're really good for flavouring stocks and soups - their flavour is pretty strong, stronger than ordinary celery, so you don't need may of them to add flavour. 

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