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May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:16

I learn something new every day  nut and Dove 



Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:04

Yvie - that's cutting it fine re the baby   

T'bird - I certainly didn't count you in the survey yesterday  

We had snow lying yesterday so it made a difference to what birds came in - if I'd done it today - much milder and damp - it would have been different again as they were notably absent first thing this morning. I just find it slightly pointless somehow - perhaps it would be better if a set of people volunteered and could do a little survey once a month or something. Or is that already an option with the RSPB or another organisation? Flowers mentioned something else on the survey thread - maybe I'll take a look into that. 

A house on a hill is what you want - with no 'midge protecting' shrubbery or nearby rivers or lochs ...

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:55

How very careless of you nut not having any punctuation it really is ridiculous don't know what you were thinking...

I've never seen bullace - or heard of it.   Does it have another name too?

My blackthorn flowers around April/May - I think  

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:50

I'm with you on this flowers - I'd just like to know what they do with the data really.

I know that since I've been here, (almost three years) there are more birds visiting. I'd like to think that's because the garden is not the sterile, empty space it was, and I've been feeding the same way since the first autumn, with a few extras. For example, I rarely saw a blackbird, now there are two definite pairs, but is that just because they've now 'found' my restaurant or is it because there are more of them in the area? 

I also have a wren visiting regularly, but didn't see it yesterday. What does that indicate for the survey? 

You're right though Dove - hopefully it will increase interest in birds generally, and encourage people to make wildlife friendly spaces in gardens - no matter what size 

Hope you're feeling a bit better today flowers 


New fence/new garden

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:31

It's often the way Lou - we get used to a shady area but don't quite realise the extent until we take the source of the shade away! 

I use lots of green and gold here - I have a shady border along the back fence which is visible from the kitchen windows and I also pass it every day going to out to the car. 

It looks like this all year round - with the addition of some summer flowering perennials like Astilbes and Jap Anemones, and loads of crocus, daffs and native primulas for spring. There's a Pachysandra at the end too. It's very narrow but it's surprising what you can fit in! 




Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:23

Glad you're feeling better Pat. Hope that continues 


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:21

Morning - oops afternoon 

I seem to have ruffled feathers....

Dove - I feel full up just reading that menu!  Glad you got a better bird count today. Weather is such an influence. Even though I do it, I can't quite get my head round it. It just isn't representative of what you see regularly in the garden, so I'm not sure what the data reveals, or how it can be a true picture of what's happening. You could have a wren, for instance, which is often around, but because you didn't see it in that hour, on that day, it could look like there are none in your area.  I'm sure someone more intelligent can explain. 

That was very restrained of you at the GC doc. You can do some nice planning in the comfort of your home now, out of the rubbish weather. 

Glad you're home safe and sound Hosta.  Hopefully your next jaunt will be more successful. Couldn't be any worse really!

Sad about Terry Wogan - another person who was 'always there' and now isn't. The times they are a changing. Shouldn't have said that - he'll be next   

New fence/new garden

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:08

Brilliant Lou!  

A blank canvas (or near enough!) is good fun. Did the neighbour have a nosey about it all?

It'll soon start to get back in shape - I think it looks excellent considering you've just had fencing done. There's loads of other things you can put into your shady spaces too. I use a lot of evergreens - it really helps lift the garden in winter. 


Posted: 30/01/2016 at 18:02

Yay - Jamie and partner won the doubles   

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:49

Broke the ice on the pond for the birds, knocked the snow off the Fatsia and cleared some off the path by the shed for bird food.

Does that count? 

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