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Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 19:11

I'd really love to have long tailed tits Joyce - we had them regularly round the corner and they're one of my favourites  

They say nuthatches don't travel far from where they're born, so fingers crossed they'll hang about. They certainly seem right at home!

I'd heard people saying that about nyger seed in the past. I always add sunflower hearts to the mix I use, so perhaps a feeder  with only that might  be the way to go. Once they're in they might be brave enough to use the cage, and that makes it easier.  They certainly aren't too big for it. 

I was just so pleased to see a couple coming in. I really need to get out more...  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 19:04

chicky - Countryfile is about the South Downs just now  

Glad you didn't get too wet 

I'll persevere with it - but it's a bit of a faff. I always had a cold frame in previous gardens - they're brilliant.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:15

Fab Dove. I've not watched any of it.... 

We'd better not get carried away with the weather Joyce...we might kid ourselves that winter's over....

Lovely to see a nice day though. Birds were all singing their little heads off, and even the nuthatches were in and out at the feeder and not bothered by all my noisy drilling and sawing... and effing and blinding...

not to mention the singing!  

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 18:04

I'd assumed Dave was talking about greenfinches GD, which is why I mentioned the lack of them - but perhaps he did mean goldfinches and it was a typo! I did wonder when he said the nyger attracted greenfinches.....

Goldies aren't common round here at all, and I don't have many plants which have seedheads, so perhaps I should look at changing that. It would be nice to have them visiting. I only saw a couple once or twice round the corner in all the years I was there, and, like the greenfinches, we didn't really get them at the last house either.  

Lovely that you have so many. I'm hoping my nuthatches will be permanent fixtures. They weren't fazed by me working away outside today,  and they were only about 12 -15 feet away  

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Posted: 05/03/2017 at 17:55

I'm sure you can buy something ready made, janer - but in any case, try and get something substantial in size for the honeysuckles. Anything in a pot is more dependent than it would be in the ground, as it's food and water source is more limited. They need plenty of room and moisture at the roots to give you the desired effect at the top, otherwise they'll never be as good as they should.

They're really more suited to scrambling over structures - like a shed for instance - or up and over a pergola, rather than trained against a wall. They're not as well behaved and 'tidy' as most other climbers.  

There are plenty of clematis which will grow in pots and they need a support to climb on, so they're ideal for using  with trellis on a wall. I think you already have a few of those as you posted on another thread  earlier 


Posted: 05/03/2017 at 17:24

If you want the honeysuckles to thrive  (and they really aren't suited to pots)  consider building something permament instead for them, in the form of raised beds, janer. Big pots are expensive, and a decent sized raised bed will give you a lot more scope.  They aren't difficult to do, and fencing timber is pretty cheap. 

Easier to get the right conditions for them. As Verdun says, you need a soil based compost and plenty of moisture for them. Against a wall is also less suitable as they will tend to be sheltered from any rain, so you need to be quite vigilant in that respect.  

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privacy fast hedging

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 17:14

Think Bob's just done that, Sam!

I built a screen in my garden a couple of years ago. Fairly straightforward to do, and could be even simpler than mine. It's just posts concreted in with vertical battens, but you can get ready made trellis if you don't want to make them. Mine had to fit a certain space, and I also made a raised box at each end for planting.

Choice of New Camera

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 17:07

Many cameras can be adjusted to make no sound at all. Mine certainly can. I hate the whirring and clicking if the sound's on, and it's hopeless when trying to get pix of wildlife on a hill - you don't always get a second chance if they scarper, which they usually do - at the slightest sound. 

If the batteries are out for a long time, which isn't often,   it defaults to the factory settings, so I just reset it. If you don't have the instruction manual, you can usually find it online.

Either that - obtain a teenager....they can do anything with gadgets of all kinds....

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 16:57

We used to get greenfinches quite regularly Dave - when I lived round the corner from here.  I've not seen any in the four years I've been back.  They seemed to go into decline in lots of places, and even in the garden I had in the time I was away from this area, they were rare, despite having loads of birds of all types. 

I'l certainly give it a go. They looked a bit confused by the cage, and didn't actually go in, so a little feeder beside it with nyger seed might do the trick - till they get a bit bolder 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 16:47

Afties all - been busy outside as we seem to have got spring - for a day anyway  

Almost double figures and sun - I even had a bite of lunch outside. Tempting to think I could have got a hill, but it was all fog and mist forecast pretty much everywhere until afternoon, so time was better spent here instead.

Been making the cold frame. Sigh ...more trouble than it's worth. I'd got a couple of windows from a work colleague, but the r***y things are so heavy and cumbersome, I'd have been better building the frame, buying some polycarbonate and putting that in another frame to make the lid. Gift horses and all that...

And the screwdriver ran out of power of course...double  

The goldies were lovely Dove. Fortunately, the window cleaners came on Friday  

Hope chicky has escaped the showers!


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