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attaracting birds to my garden

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:31

I lived in High Suffolk - heavy clay with large flints - often large flints were removed from the fields and stacked in corners to avoid damaging the plough etc - they were great 'anvils'. 

I was going to say, what you posted about peanuts is interesting - I'd always thought that maybe bluetits etc were clever enough to know what they were doing, but the 'don't feed whole peanuts in the spring' thing has always been said with such authority by the 'experts' that I've happily passed it on.  Perhaps from now on I'll assume the bluetits know best what to feed their children - they've survived this long 

Advice on bulbs, please

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:23

That's why picking them and bringing them inside is a good idea - less chance for the bees to cross-pollinate them

attaracting birds to my garden

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:21

Herons are my favourite bird -  I used to live near a heronry in Suffolk when I was a child.  Now we're in Norfolk we live near to the marshes so we see them quite often, but as ours is a wildlife pond with no fish we've not had a visitor ... yet .

I know fish can be lovely in a pond, but I think I'd rather have the heron

strim and mowing order

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:18

I mow first then strim

organic aphid control

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:07


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:06

I lose track of who's on holiday, who's working, who's poorly, who's injured, who's annoyed  their OH and who's buried their OH in the compost heap


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 06:46

Morning Chicky

More coffee needed here

 Morning Wintersong

Unidentified seedlings

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 06:39

Waitandseeicus experimentalis

attaracting birds to my garden

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 06:37

How lovely to have a song thrush in your garden - I haven't seen one around here since we moved in 3 years ago, but I occasionally hear one singing in the evening.  We have plenty of snails here if he'd like to visit

I do see song thrushes when we visit mother in law - she lives opposite an old village church with a stone wall around the churchyard in south Lincs - most of the cottages are built of stone and have stone in the gardens too - lots of anvils for the thrushes.

Maybe Norfolk is just not stony enough for song thrushes

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 06:33

Yes, cut them  really hard back - I'd reduce them to 18" tall - sprinkle with Fish, Blood and Bone then water and mulch .............. and stand well back.  They'll be fine

Be brave - an old gardening saying is 'Growth follows the knife' - meaning if you want something to grow really well it needs cutting back first.  It will spur it into action and encourage loads of side shoots and you'll get a tall thick hedge that the blackbirds will love to nest in ... and you'll feel like a gardener!


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