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birds in my garden

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:17

Just realised my starting sentence of second paragraph might have sounded a little inappropriate - so so sorry

birds in my garden

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:17

I'm not quite sure if it is acceptable to jump on this thread but here goes...

Today I've been a little under the weather and after the rush of the Christmas and New Year holidays I have taken camp in my bedroom with laptop and camera.  Using the audio facilities and bird descriptions on the RSPB website and zooming in on pictures taken on the camera, I have found that we have the obvious and regular blue tits, great tits, wrens, blackbirds, sparrows, robins, thrush etc but I also have a visiting bullfinch (2nd or 3rd visit to garden in last month or so), chaffinches, goldfinches and I think I've seen a goldcrest.  My partner does not have the same excitement as I do so I thought I would find somewhere online to share my findings instead.  What a delightful day to forget the pains and aches of my throat/head etc.  I have nyger seeds on order which I am definitely going to place somewhere in the garden but am also thinking of getting some other seeds (sunflower hearts or something) to further attract the bullfinch.  

This year I left a lot of the rose hips, seed heads, dead plants in situ after they have passed.  I've also created the odd pile of sticks etc around the back of the garden and I wonder if these have all contributed.  

Now that I've aired my thoughts I'm off the get the lemon and honey

Thanks for reading in advance

Hope you've all had a lovely start to 2015



P.s. I'm super exciting at the bullfinch!!  Yikes!!  


Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 22:28

Hi Nic, 

I live in quite a rural area.  I would love a quality garden centre near me that offered quality local organic material (mulch type - manure etc), quality plants and quality advice all of which at competitive prices.  I often find myself googling online for compost etc trying to find the most economical way around it.  I'd love so much to have a one stop shop and massively support local.  One quality of being local, you would have great knowledge of soil conditions.

I am very new to gardening so perhaps I don't know the good tricks of the trade yet, or maybe I'm wrong in what I'm thinking.

Weed or flower?

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 11:07

I've also heard that alliums are good companion plants for fruit trees, and they look fab.

remind me please

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 11:04

Sounds like you'll have a fantastic show next year if all pull through.  I'm tempted to grow from seed myself but lacking confidence at the moment.  Would be great to see pics next year when they come through

Blooms in November

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 10:49

Yes we are too (Swansea).  Dahlias have finally finished flowering this week.  

I notice you bring your flowers indoors, we've been doing the same but seem to introduce caterpillars, earwigs etc at the same time.  Any ideas on how to prevent them from entering the house with the flowers?  


Posted: 14/11/2014 at 10:32

We have daff shoots already.  Never seen them out so soon before.  I assume it's the mild weather?

Dahlias and Slugs

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:22

Thanks Verdun.  I think I'll try digging up with as much of the soil as I can and try giving them a bit of TLC.  In pots I should be able to protect them a lot easier.  The above are on a plot of land just outside property so perhaps I'll plant something a little less vulnerable next year.  

Dahlias and Slugs

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 18:10

Thanks TreeHugger.  They are in varying degrees.  There are some bits of leaves left on some but two or three of the plants look very pitiful.  





  They look awful but they were the highlight of my display

Dahlias and Slugs

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 08:24
My newly planted dahlias have been eaten back to the stems. Is there any way I can rescue them? I've tried egg shells and other organic methods to no avail. Unable to use pellets. I wondered if I should dig them up, put it pots and care for them that way but not sure if digging them up would do more damage. Thanks in advance, Emma
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