Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:55

It can't hope to be a scientific study - but it can show trends, and as I said, it can encourage a wider interest.

East Anglian Snowdrop Walk

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:50

Looking good ... not Mondays or Fridays then ... if Wonky can make it a lift from Stowmarket would be good Topbird - it would probably suit Panda too.

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:47

We've got blackthorn hedges and bullace-type tree blossom flowering around here Nut, on sheltered hedgerows that catch a bit of sunshine. 

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


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