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Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:38

Apart from anything else, I think the Garden Birdwatch is a useful consciousness-raising exercise - getting people interested in the birds in their garden - many just didn't realise what they could see from their own windows - lots more people feed the birds (and join the RSPB) than used to - which has to be A Good Thing 

box hedge to wide and leaning over

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:18

I'd cut it hard back making it a foot in width and 2 feet in height in a few weeks' time.  Clear out any grass and weeds growing in the bottom and a feed of Fish, blood and bone and as Verdun says, a good mulch. 

It'll rejuvenate it and grow back thick and strong very quickly. 

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 11:53

My guess is that what you've seen is wild prunus and/or blackthorn blossom.  White blossom on trees that don't yet have green leaves.  I saw several hedgerows and trees with this open in sheltered spots last week - this isn't particularly early.

 Blackthorn blossom - prunus spinosa

May blossom is the flower of the hawthorn and doesn't appear until the leaves are out. 

 Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna .......... May blossom

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 11:01

I've done my count - more than I expected given the paucity of garden birds around lately. 

2 woodpigeons

2 starlings

1 robin

2 blackbirds

4 blue tits

1 coal tit

1 Gt tit

1 Jay

RIP Terry Wogan....

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:57

Sad news ... a real professional and as has been said, no one he worked with ever had a bad word to say about him.  One of the good guys. The world will be a poorer place without him. 

Is my raised bed safe to use?

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:46

Yes, fork the soil over and watch the robins and blackbirds help themselves to any worms, bugs and insects they can find.

I would be happy to use the bed again this year



Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:43

That's my guess too - vine weevil grubs eating the roots


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:39

Morning late arrivals   Hope convalesences are going well and returned holiday makers are wrapping up and keeping warm

I've done my Bird Count - more than I expected - most of the usual suspects, plus several visits from a jay - shame I could only count him once. 

Leg of lamb in the oven, potatoes parboiled, carrots cooking, cauliflower cheese made, cabbage prepped.  As MIL wants to go to Homebase, pudding may well be icecream from the freezer with some raspberries and redcurrants. 

Now it's time to sit down with a  coffee and see what you lot are up to ...


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 08:33

Get well soon Flowers

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